Political Rewind Special Edition: Georgia's Farmers 1 Year After Hurricane Michael

Oct 9, 2019

On this special edition of Political Rewind, how are farmers coping in the year since Hurricane Michael?


The storm devastated the livelihood of cotton, soybean, peanut and pecan farmers across the Southeast,  along with poultry producers, timber growers and more.

While financial assistance from the state arrived fairly quickly, billions more in federal aid is just now being distributed to farmers after Washington bureaucracy tied up money for months. 

State Rep. Darlene Taylor (R-Thomasville) shared just one story the disaster from her district, telling us, "One farmer had 100 acres of pecans and they're gone. It's an entire generation to rebuild that."

Compounding the problem, a trade war between the U.S. and China is harming farmers’ revenues. Join us as our panel discusses the aftermath of the storm and what the future holds for Georgia’s farmers.

Panelists:

Gary Black — Agricultural Commissioner

Phil Buckhalter — Farmer in Southwest Georgia

Clay Pirkle — State Representatives (R-Ashburn)

Josh Sharpe — Reporter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Darlene Taylor — State Representative (R-Thomasville)