The Georgia Cotton Commission would like to thank their partners in the congress for their recent passage of disaster assistance (HR 2157) and President Trump for his announcement of a revamped trade assistance package for farmers affected by adverse market conditions caused by ongoing trade negotiations between the United States and various foreign nations. A big thank you goes out to the members of Georgia’s congressional delegation for keeping the disaster issue at the forefront of political discussions despite the length of time it took for their colleagues to act on it.
“These funds do not just help farmers devastated by Hurricane Michael, but also our rural communities that depend on agriculture for their economic sustainability,” said Bart Davis, a cotton farmer from Colquitt County. “Furthermore, this legislation goes to farmers and rural communities in states all over the country affected by recent natural disasters,” he added.
While disaster legislation still requires presidential signature, the Commission is hopeful that President Trump will sign this act and hope USDA will enact these programs quickly so that struggling producers can pay off bridge loans and other financing that may be needed to close out the 2018 crop year. Details have not been fully released on either of these programs