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130 to lose jobs as Green Valley Pecan plant grinds to halt

The pecan processing plant operated by FICO in Sahuarita will be closed by the end of the year, with 130 employees to be laid off. The Green Valley Pecan Company store will also close, company representatives said, but the farming operation will continue.... Read more»

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After four years of tumult, businesses hopeful for Biden trade policy

President Donald Trump entered office pledging to blow up trade deals, and he later imposed tariffs on trading partners around the world – but the biggest threat to Arizona-Mexico trade over the past four years appears to have been COVID-19.... Read more»

Trump signs new trade deal with Canada and Mexico

President Donald Trump on Wednesday officially signed the new trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, finalizing a deal that overhauls labor, environmental and intellectual property rules. ... Read more»

Pence pushes trade deal, quiet on border security in Southern Arizona swing

Vice President Mike Pence touted President Trump's trade deal with Mexico and Canada during a speech in Southern Arizona on Thursday, calling on Congress to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement.... Read more»

Pence visit with McSally closes I-19 between Tucson, Green Valley

Interstate 19 will be closed between Tucson and Green Valley for much of Thursday afternoon due to the visit to a Caterpillar facility by Vice President Mike Pence, authorities said.... Read more»

VP Pence to travel to Green Valley, Phoenix to bolster McSally

Vice President Mike Pence will join Sen. Martha McSally in Arizona this week at a series of private events in Green Valley, Phoenix and Scottsdale, including a fundraiser and a trade speech at a Caterpillar facility south of Tucson.... Read more»

Arizona officials fear fallout as new tariffs on Chinese goods start

Arizona business leaders said they worry that a 15 percent tariff on $300 billion in Chinese goods that took effect Sunday will backfire and end up hurting economic growth at home.... Read more»

Sahuarita Pecan Festival canceled: Blame it on tariffs, shaky markets, bad weather elsewhere

Shaky international markets, soaring tariffs and bad weather back East have left their mark on Sahuarita, all playing a role in the cancellation of the Pecan Festival. FICO, which owns 7,000 acres of pecan trees in Green Valley and Sahuarita, announced Friday that this year's festival is off.... Read more»

Undocumented immigration into U.S., especially from Mexico, is down

Undocumented immigration from Mexico has dropped so significantly over a decade that Mexicans no longer make up the majority of those living in the U.S. illegally, according to a Pew Research Center report.... Read more»

Southern border apprehensions surge to highest rate in 10 years

The number of migrants apprehended at the southern border surged to 144,278 in May, bringing the total for the first eight months of fiscal 2019 to 676,315, already more than any full year in the last decade.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

'Reprieve' on Trump's tariff just a calm before border storms

Here's the deal: the last thing Donald Trump wants is to solve problems. Solved problems don't scare people. Vanquished foes are no longer useful foes. The president needs enemies and bogeymen, so he can play the tough guy in his scripted performance.... Read more»

Trump's tariffs could hurt Texas, U.S. economies as much as Mexico's, border leaders and analysts say

Mexico is the biggest trade partner for Texas and the U.S., and tariffs on Mexican imports would quickly be felt on the border before impacting the rest of the U.S. economy, trade experts say.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Sand & fury: Arizonans just extras in Trump's distracting, go-nowhere tariff drama

Here we go again watching another Donald J. Trump production of "Commander Hammer: Adventures of a Man-Child President," a reality TV show about take-no-prisoners chief executive who plays by his own set of rules.... Read more»

Trump pledges $16B for farmers

The Trump administration announced Thursday a second aid package to farmers suffering under retaliatory tariffs from China, with the bulk of the $16 billion bailout going to direct payments to producers.... Read more»

FactChecking Trump’s Fox News interview

In interview that aired May 19 on “The Next Revolution,” Trump and the show’s host, Steve Hilton, discussed foreign policy, international trade, the economy, politics and more. FackCheck takes a closer look.... Read more»

Battling tariffs, drought and milk substitutes, AZ dairy farmers expand their global reach

Dairy farmers in Arizona are forming new partnerships and adjusting their agricultural practices to try and stay competitive in the rapidly evolving world market while fighting tariffs, drought and milk substitutes.... Read more»

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