Georgia farmers and industry leaders testified on Thursday in virtual hearings with the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office regarding unfair trade practices with Mexico. Each producer shared similar thoughts that some action must be taken, such as a 301 Investigation, because the future of the American farmer is at stake.
The hearings provided the U.S. Department of Commerce and Trump Administration an opportunity to hear from growers in Georgia about the urgent need for federal action regarding unfair trade.
Steve McMillan, with Southern Grace Farms in Berrien County, Georgia, talked about the impact Mexican imports have had on the blackberry industry.
Richard Minor with Minor Brothers Farm in Americus, Georgia, talked about the impact Mexico has had on the cucumber industry.
Bill Brim, co-owner of Lewis Taylor Farms in Tifton, Georgia, talked about how government subsidies have aided Mexican farmers.
Adam Rabinowitz, Auburn University as Assistant Professor and Extension Economist, explained that a 301 Investigation is part of the Trade Act of 1974 and allows the U.S. to engage in trade activity, whether it be trade agreements but also resolving trade disputes.