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Letter to the Editor - Hurricane NAFTA in South Dade

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Posted: Friday, May 4, 2018 10:43 am

Re: The front page story April 13 "HURRICANE NAFTA" by writer Philip Marraccini, paints a bleak landscape for our tomato growers, but not the entire farming picture of South Dade Agriculture. Not all South Dade Agriculture has been destroyed by NAFTA. Yes, the row crop tomato growers have definitely been impacted by the ugly NAFTA trade agreement, and losses of personal property and machinery were due to Irma. We do have a billion dollar industry --second largest in the county and in the state with varied agricultural crops including tropical fruits of all kinds,---organic grown veggies, horticultural ornamentals, landscape foilage, bee apiaries, aquaculture, fish farming, etc and back yard hobby farmers.

Our hearts reach out to our row crop farmers and hope a firm commitment from our government will fix the trade imbalance and restore what our present government says it will. Constant pressure on our local, state, and federal legislators must prevail and support "ALL US FARMERS"----SPEAK OUT --WRITE LETTERS TO ALL OF THEM---USE YOUR VOICE.

Sidney Robinson

Redland Tropical Fruit Grower

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