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Jan 5, 2015

Attorney Chris Coye Says Proposed B.S.I. Agreement was an Improvement

Chris Coye

But before a vote was taken, there was a surprise announcement. B.S.C.F.A. attorney, Chris Coye, would tell cane farmers that the latest proposed agreement was an improvement.


Chris Coye, Attorney, B.S.C.F.A.

“New agreement does not take anything in any way from the farmers but provides more for the farmers than what the old agreement provided. Also to be individually noted it also provides more than what was proposed in the agreements with individual cane farmers that ASR/B.S.I. has been peddling outside of negotiations with the association. Comparing the old agreement, the individual farmer agreement and the new agreement out before you for consideration today, the new agreement is clearly an improvement to both of them. Moreover this new draft agreement provides certainty a clear path forward. If this agreement is approved today it will likely be signed tomorrow and the crop will begin by Thursday if not sooner. If this draft agreement is not approved today then there will be a lot of uncertainty in the industry. If the new agreement is not approved today then without an agreement from the association B.S.I. may consider alternatives. One, it could choose to come back to the table to negotiate with the association, two, it could chose to bypass the association and recommence its efforts to negotiate with and sign agreements with individual farmers or groups thereof, three, it could chose to cease negotiations all together with both the association and the individual farmers or groups thereof.”

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