Senators Loeffler, Perdue Fight to Level Playing Field for Georgia Farmers

Highlight Impact of Seasonal Produce Imports on Southeastern Growers 

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) continue to fight for a level playing field for Georgia farmers. In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer, the Senators requested a broadening of USTR’s current Section 332 investigation to include the impact of seasonal cucumber and squash imports on Southeastern markets.
“Fruit and vegetable imports from Mexico continue to dramatically impact U.S. markets and threaten the future of domestic farm production of perishable produce,” the Senators wrote. “In the last twelve months, we have seen further growth in imports across several vegetable products…”
“Prices have followed supply, and growers are now reporting tumbling prices across the board for vegetables. Prices are now well below U.S. production costs for several of these commodities and appear to correlate directly with increasing fall shipments from Mexico…These market changes occur quickly and can make or break a grower’s season in a matter of days if import increases and the resulting price decreases coincide with harvest. For this reason, we urge you to consider requesting a Section 332 investigation for cucumbers and squash in order to determine the impact of these seasonal imports on Southeastern markets.”
Read the full letter here.
Loeffler, a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry who grew up working on her family’s corn and soybean farm, has taken action to assist farmers, cattlemen, producers and the agriculture community: