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In McAllen, Gov. Greg Abbott’s border inspections meant late deliveries, rotten produce and lost business

The delays caused by the state’s inspections are the latest blow to farmers and produce businesses in the Rio Grande Valley recovering from the pandemic and losses from last year’s winter storm.

Eladio Corder sorts through mixed quality jalapenos at Trinidad Produce at the McAllen Produce Terminal Market. McAllen, TX. April 14, 2022.
Eladio Corder sorts through mixed quality jalapenos at Trinidad Produce at the McAllen Produce Terminal Market. McAllen, TX. April 14, 2022.
Spoiled onions at Trinidad Produce at the McAllen Produce Terminal Market. McAllen, TX. April 14, 2022.

Long waits at the bridge

State Troopers inspect trucks in front of the Pharr International Bridge. Pharr, TX. April 14, 2022.
Bret Erickson, Vice President of Little Bear Produce stands in an unusually empty warehouse floor where large shipments of watermelon should be. Edinburg, TX. April 14, 2022.

Another blow to the local economy

“There’s nothing you can do about Mother Nature; that’s just part of the farming business. But when you’ve got a politician go out and make a decision like Gov. Abbott did, it’s like a slap in the face.”

— Bret Erickson, Little Bear Produce vice president of business affairs
Lucio Mouret stands in front of his bodega at the McAllen Produce Terminal Market. McAllen, TX. April 14, 2022.
Employees at the McAllen Produce Terminal Market. McAllen, TX. April 14, 2022.

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