I wanted to share the updates below that may be helpful to Georgia’s farmers and agriculture industry:
- I sent a letter to the administration’s Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud urging him to reschedule a United States Trade Representative (USTR) field hearing that was scheduled to occur in Valdosta in April. The hearing, canceled due to COVID-19, was to focus on how foreign trade policy, especially concerns of dumping of imported produce into the U.S. market, threatens domestic farmers’ livelihoods. The full letter is available here.
- I also cosponsored the Defending Domestic Produce Protection Act, which would make it easier for farmers to petition the Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate illegal subsidies and dumping of Mexican fruits and vegetables in the U.S. market. You can read more here.
- I commend the work of the United States Department of Agriculture in facilitating the relief for the 2018 Hurricane Michael. With Georgia’s April 30 application deadline now met, I’m hopeful that Georgia farmers will receive that disaster aid very soon. Especially at this time, the needs of Georgia’s farmers should be treated with the same urgency that has been applied in directing relief to small businesses across our country.
I grew up on my family’s soybean and corn farm, so I know the challenge uncertainty brings to our rural communities. I will continue to do everything I can to help ensure a fair playing field for Georgia’s farmers, who have been struggling with unfair trade practices, farm labor, long-awaited disaster relief from Hurricane Michael in 2018 and now a global pandemic that has disrupted supply chains and sent commodity prices below their cost of production.
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U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler