Since becoming law in 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has had mixed results. Meant to boost the economies of the United States, Canada and Mexico, some U.S. industries have thrived while others, like farming, have suffered. Her in South Florida, vegetable growers are struggling to make a profit – forced to compete with cheaper, Mexican imports that are flooding the U.S. market. As a result, south Dade, which once boasted 30 tomato farms now have four in operation.
As the renegotiation of NAFTA continues, we hear from worried Dade farmers in a profile produced by the Iowa Public Television (IPTV) series Market to Market. Plus, we speak with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava and the Dade Farm Bureau’s Executive Director Jorge Abreu to learn more about the impact of NAFTA, and how consumers can help.
Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County Commission, Dist. 8
Jorge Abreu, Executive Director, Dade County Farm Bureau
More than half a million students in South Florida rely on either free or reduced meals at their schools – it’s one less worry for families struggling to make ends meet. Now with summer here many children will be dealing with hunger. We hear from Executive Vice President of Feeding South Florida, Sari Vatske, about ways to help.
Sari Vatske, Exec. Vice President, Feeding South Florida
In 2016, police shot a behavioral therapist who was trying to help get his adult autistic patient out of the street in North Miami. Now a special father and son are teaching police across the state how to interact with people on the autism spectrum. We learn how their work is helping officers avoid endings like these, and what one South Florida community is doing to raise awareness.
Mayor Gabe Groisman, Bal Harbour Village
Chief Raleigh Flowers, Bal Harbour Police Deptartment
For more than 100 years, the Girl Scouts has made it their mission to help mold young girls into courageous and confident young women – who strive to make the world a better place. One way they do this is through their Gold Awards – honoring young women for projects that impact the world of STEM, Education, Agriculture and much more. We meet two local winners and learn how their projects are impacting the community.
Chelsea Wilkerson, CEO, Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida
Kelly Culhane, Junior, Miami Palmetto Senior High School
Rachel Mazcyk, Senior, Northwestern High School
It’s the family reunion South Florida has been waiting for! The beloved Cuban-American family, the Peña’s, are back for a live stage play. ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? Today reunites fan-favorites Joe, Violeta and lovable neighbor Sharon, 40-years after the original WPBT2 production. We sit down with the cast for an emotional reunion.