Florida Signs $24.8 million Ag Deal with USDA and Meat Exports to Columbia

Florida Signs $24.8 million Ag Deal with USDA and Meat Exports to Columbia

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**Florida Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried announced the signing of a $24.8 million cooperative agreement with the USDA under the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program.

www.morningagclips.com reports, the program provides grant funds to the Florida Department of Agriculture to purchase and distribute locally grown, produced, and processed food from underserved producers.

Fried says, this influx of federal funds will allow Florida farmers and producers to build sustainable and resilient market opportunities.


**The EPA is proposing to remove 12 chemicals known as polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS’s from the current list of inert ingredients approved for use in pesticides.

The EPA’s Michael Feedhoff says, ensuring these 12 chemicals can no longer be used in pesticides is an important step to protect workers, the public, and the planet.

EPA says it will also do a thorough review of previously approved chemicals.

**After a slow start to the year, U.S. pork exports to Colombia rebounded strongly in the second quarter and are now 10% ahead of last year’s record pace, reaching $120 million through June.

Beef exports to Colombia are also soaring, up 55% in volume and 78% in value, at $26.3 million over 2021.

U.S. Meat Export Federation’s Don Mason says inflation is definitely challenging the spending power of Colombian consumers, but meat demand has been very resilient.

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