Fox Business in South Georgia
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Posted by: Mary Kendall Dixon
Fox Business from New York made their way to South Georgia at the beginning of July to speak with produce growers about the effect USMCA will have on their operations.
The crew spent two days traveling from Fort Valley to Willacoochee speaking with farmers, listening to their concerns and learning about their operations.
Stopping first in Fort Valley at Lane Southern Orchards they spoke with Mark Sanchez about the effect USMCA will have on the domestic peach market and toured their peach packing facility. Sanchez said at this time USMCA won’t have an effect on the peach market unless Mexico’s peach production increases tremendously.
The crew then went to Doerun and met Sam Watson of Chill C Farms. Watson discussed his fears for the future if USMCA is ratified.
While at Chill C, Fox Business toured the packing shed and learned about food safety practices and the extensive costs producers incur to ensure their products meet FDA regulations leaving the farm.
The next day Fox traveled to Lewis Taylor Farms in Tifton and meet with Bill Brim to discuss the effect labor costs have on his operation. Mexico pays lower wages and has lower food safety costs than U.S. producers. Brim pointed out this difference makes an unlevel playing field for U.S. producers.
Click here to view Brim’s interview with Fox.
Fox wrapped up their time in Georgia at Pineneedle Farms in WIllacoochee. Here they spoke with Jerome Crosby about the effect Mexico is having on the domestic blueberry market because of the tremendous increase of imported Mexican blueberries into U.S. markets.
The hope of Georgia farmers is for the administration to listen to their concerns and find a solution to level the playing for the Southeast produce industry from Mexican imports.