South Georgia Insider

Saving America's Family Farms

October 23, 2020 Thressea H. Boyd, Host Season 1 Episode 2
South Georgia Insider
Saving America's Family Farms
Show Notes

Episode Notes

From the cotton sheets on your bed to the food you eat and the clothes you wear, the agriculture industry impacts everyone.  

In Georgia, agriculture is the state’s No. 1 industry representing $73.3 billion a year. But not everything is “peaches and cream” in Georgia, where last year 41 family farms filed Chapter 12 bankruptcies, a number that is up from 26 the previous year.

As we talk with Russ Goodman, a fourth-generation farmer from Clinch County, we discover some of the issues facing American farmers, especially in South Georgia, which include: 

  • Cost of federal mandated Tier 4 emission standards 
  • The declining share of the retail dollar
  • Creating a “level playing field” with foreign competition (U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement) 

Bringing awareness to the issues, Goodman has joined forces with farmers and ranchers across the country to promote the Demand American Grown movement. A grassroots effort that started in 2019, Demand American Grown, has a mission to educate and empower people to protect America’s food supply chain.  

Goodman says, “If nothing is done in the next 20 years, and I don’t think I am overstating this, we could be dependent on other countries for our food supplies, at least in terms of fresh fruits and vegetables.” 

Read more about issues facing South Georgia produce farmers in the article “A National Movement: Demand American Grown” featured in the Summer 2020 issue of South Georgia Business Magazine.  

Join us next time as we continue to highlight why South Georgia is a great place to live, work, and play.

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