GFVGA members will be testifying at two upcoming hearings of the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the United States Department of Commerce. Six Georgia producers will join GFVGA’s Charles Hall to detail foreign trade policies that may be harming American growers of seasonal and perishable produce. At the hearings, officials from the federal agencies will hear from interested persons on how the Trump Administration can support these producers and redress any unfair harm. The hearings were originally scheduled to take place in Florida and Georgia in April.
GFVGA has been working with our team in Georgia and in Washington D.C. to prepare comments that will address the devastating impacts highly subsidized fruit and vegetable imports from Mexico have on Georgia grown produce. Dramatic increases in Mexican imports have gone hand in hand with subsidies for Mexican growers. These subsidies result in pricing of imported fruits and vegetables at levels well below the cost of raising similar crops in Georgia.
Two hearings will be held on August 13th and August 20th and will be available for public viewing here. Click here to view the full schedule for August 13th. The full schedule for August 20th has yet to be released. GFVGA speakers include: