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Why Florida Farmers Want to Kill Nafta

U.S. corn and soybean exports soar, but fruit and vegetable sales falter
Fieldworkers planting tomato seedings in Duette, Fla.

Duette, Fla., a tiny farm town about 50 miles east of St. Petersburg, averages about 52 inches of annual rainfall. This year it’s ahead of schedule, with 63 inches since June, when the rainy season began. For Gary Reeder and other tomato farmers, that’s slowed down everything and threatened their ability to bring the harvest in on time. “We’re way behind on spraying. We’re behind on everything,” Reeder says as his F-150 pickup churns through ankle-deep mud. But too much rain isn’t Reeder’s biggest worry—it’s Mexico. “We can handle the weather,” he says. “It’s harder to beat unfair

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