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Statement From Georgia Farm Bureau President Gerald Long on USDA Trade Assistance Package

Posted on Jul 25, 2019 at 0:00 AM

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July 25, 2019  

Contact: Jeffrey Harvey                                                                                           

478-474-0679, ext. 5282


MACON, Ga. – The following can be attributed to Georgia Farm Bureau President Gerald Long in response to the USDA’s announcement of trade mitigation assistance for farmers who have suffered financial losses as a result of China’s retaliatory tariffs. The $16 billion package includes payments to farmers ranging from $15 to $150 per acre. The payments will be administered by the Farm Service Agency.


“While our farmers support the ultimate goal of securing international trade agreements that are fair to all sides, the financial difficulties and reduced market access resulting from retaliatory tariffs from China and other nations have taken their toll and further worsened an already shaky landscape in the farm economy. Georgia Farm Bureau is extremely grateful for the continued support Georgia farmers are receiving from President Trump and USDA Secretary Perdue, and we hope that the new trade mitigation payments will diminish at least some of the financial stress our farmers have experienced during the ongoing trade conflicts.”


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