Black ap­plauds ef­forts to as­sist farm­ers af­fected by tar­iffs

Calhoun Times - - RELIGION -

( At­lanta, GA) – Agri­cul­ture Com­mis­sioner Gary W. Black is ap­plaud­ing ac­tion taken by the Trump Ad­min­is­tra­tion to as­sist farm­ers who have been hurt by re­cent trade dis­putes.

“We look for­ward to learn­ing more re­gard­ing t he as­sis­tance an­nounced to­day,” Com­mis­sioner Black said. “We be­lieve this is a good short- term so­lu­tion for our farm­ers who have long- suf­fered from un­fair trade prac­tices from many of our in­ter­na­tional trad­ing part­ners.”

The $ 12 bil­lion plan in­cludes three pro­grams; Mar­ket Fa­cil­i­ta­tion Pro­gram which would in­clude di­rect as­sis­tance for farm­ers, the Food Pur­chase Dis­tri­bu­tion Pro­gram fo­cused on as­sist­ing farm­ers with ex­cess crops, and the Trade Pro­mo­tion Pro­gram aimed at build­ing new ex­port mar­kets. Com­mis­sioner Black be­lieves a strong state voice will be im­por­tant in all ef­forts, but es­pe­cially the Trade Pro­mo­tion Pro­gram, which is set to be fo­cused on the in­di­vid­ual trade needs of the Coun­try’s di­verse com­modi­ties.

“We are hope­ful that states will be heav­ily in­volved in this pro­gram since they are best tuned in to the needs of the crops and com­modi­ties in their in­di­vid­ual states,” Black said.

The Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture’s Ge­or­gia Grown pro­gram has al­ready looked at ex­pand­ing trade op­por­tu­ni­ties for Ge­or­gia com­modi­ties with a re­cent trip to In­done­sia.

“We are al­ways look­ing to broaden our trade port­fo­lio,” says Paul Thomp­son, deputy di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing and pro­mo­tion. “We lit­er­ally just got off the road talk­ing Ge­or­gia Grown with hopes of un­tap­ping po­ten­tial new trade mar­kets for our Ge­or­gia farm­ers.”

Com­mis­sioner Black be­lieves that the re­cently an­nounced as­sis­tance will be a short- term fix for a long­time prob­lem.

“We’ve fi­nally called China’s hand on the un­fair trade prac­tices they have long im­posed on Amer­i­can agri­cul­ture,” Black said. “For years they have levied bi­ased reg­u­la­tions against our farm­ers and their com­modi­ties and hope­fully we are now on a steady road for a clear and cer­tain res­o­lu­tion.”

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