The Macon Telegraph looks at what a trade war might look like for pecan farmers

The Macon Telegraph looks at what a trade war might look like for pecan farmers

After President Donald Trump placed tariffs on imported Chinese products, the Chinese retaliated by raising tariffs on U.S. exports to China. That includes an increase of the tariff on pecans from 7 percent to 47 percent. On Tuesday, the White House announced $12 billion in aid to farmers impacted by the trade war. The tariff increase has little immediate impact because pecans aren’t being exported this time of year, but it could mean a lot once the harvest begins in the fall and growers are looking to sell their pecans. China is especially important to local growers because the Chinese love Georgia’s big, meaty pecans. Pearson Farm in Fort Valley has about 3,000 acres of pecan trees, and about 60 percent of the crop is exported to China, said Lawton Pearson, a partner in the business. Currently pecans are the only crop in the state significantly impacted by the trade war, said Julie McPeake, communications director for the Georgia Department of Agriculture. China also put a 25 percent tariff on soybeans, a big Georgia crop, but McPeake said that shouldn’t impact Georgia farmers. Although China is a big buyer of U.S. soybeans, McPeake said most of Georgia’s soybeans go toward making feed for the state’s large poultry industry.

July 27, 2018

Unmasking the leftist Antifa movement – CNN


(CNN)On the morning of Donald Trump’s inauguration, Keval Bhatt hunted through a closet in his parents’ Virginia home for the darkest clothes he could find.

The 19-year-old didn’t own much in black, the color he knew his fellow protesters would wear head to toe on the streets of Washington that day.
As Bhatt drove into the city for his first-ever protest, he hesitated.

September 19, 2017

Georgia Senate refuses to stop unrecorded votes

Senate Resolution 24 to stop unrecorded votes in the Georgia State Senate failed in the standing Rules committee today.  Senator Josh McKoon’s proposed resolution to end unrecorded votes was defeated with an unrecorded voice vote under Rules Chairman Jeff Mullis.  According to the Secretary of the Senate’s Office, any member of that committee could have made a motion for a recorded hand vote. Such a motion would require one third of the committee members present to be approved. No such motion was made.  Read

January 25, 2017

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