On March 10, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice [Docket No. USTR–2020–0010] stating that USTR and the Commerce and Agriculture Departments will convene public hearings in Florida and Georgia to hear first-hand from interested persons on trade distorting policies that may be causing harm to US seasonal and perishable producers (namely, of fresh fruits and vegetables) and contributing to unfair pricing in the US market, and to solicit feedback on how the Administration can better support these producers and redress any unfair harm. See details in the Federal Register notice.

Field hearing dates and locations:

  • April 7, 2020 at 9:00 am EST: Grimes Family Agricultural Center, 2508 W. Oak Avenue, Plant City, Florida 33563.
  • April 9, 2020 at 9:00 am EST: Rainwater Conference Center, 1 Meeting Place, Valdosta, Georgia 31601.

Submission deadlines:

  • March 19, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST: Deadline for submission of requests to appear at either of the field hearings.
  • March 26, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST: Deadline for submission of hearing statements and written comments.