Florida Ag Commission Fried on Mexican Imports and Gas Prices Down Again
**Florida Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried wrote U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai in support of the September 8th petition filed by Florida Congressional members requesting an investigation into the flood of imported seasonal and perishable ag products from Mexico.
Commissioner Fried shared a recent report from the Florida
Department of Agriculture that documents the decades-long economic harm to Florida growers causing estimated lost sales of 10-20%, 17-34,000 lost jobs, and billions in negative impact to the economy.
**The nation's average gas price declined for the thirteenth consecutive week, down 7.6 cents from a week ago to $3.67 per gallon.
The national average is down 26.9 cents from a month ago but 52.3 cents higher than a year ago.
The national average diesel price declined 5.5 cents last week and stands at $5.01 per gallon.
Refinery issues in California are leading to increases in areas supplied by the state's refineries, including Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and California.
**Ukrainian farmers may reduce plantings of wheat and other crops for harvest in 2023 because warfare has cut their income while facing high fuel and fertilizer costs
The International Food Policy Research Institute tells www.agriculture.com, a small crop in Ukraine, usually a leading wheat and sunflower oil exporter, could prolong tight global supplies that have driven up grain prices worldwide.