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FLORIDA AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER CRAWFORD AND OTHERS TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON

 FLORIDA AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER CRAWFORD AND OTHERS
 TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON
 Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford and Florida's agribusiness leaders will hold a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to outline the devastating effect that the North American Free Trade Agreement would have on Florida's agriculture industry.
 Joining Crawford at the press conference will be presidents and chief executive officers of several of Florida's major agricultural companies and organizations.
 Crawford and the agricultural leaders will urge President Bush to exclude winter-produced fruits and vegetables and their products from the trade agreement. Bush is expected to unveil the proposed trade pact later this week. Without these exemptions, Florida will suffer a major economic blow to its $6 billion agriculture industry in the form of lost jobs and revenue.
 "On paper, 'free' trade looks good," Crawford said. "But in reality, 'free' trade is very costly. Opening our back door to Mexico means this nation will pay a heavy price -- a price that will almost exclusively be shouldered by Florida."
 The press conference will take place:
 Date: Wednesday, May 27, 1992
 Time: Noon
 Location: National Press Building
 Lisa Gor Room, 13th Floor
 529 14th Street, N.W.
 Washington, D.C.
 CONTACT: Michelle McLawhorn of the CO: Florida Department of Agriculture ST: Florida IN: SU:


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