DAWSON, GA – Yesterday, Tyler Harper, State Senator and candidate for Agriculture Commissioner in Georgia, held an agriculture roundtable at McClesky Cotton in Dawson to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing Georgia’s number one industry. Industry leaders at the roundtable highlighted the impact of rising fuel, food, and fertilizer prices on their businesses and discussed potential solutions to address these challenges. Tyler also spoke about some of his proposed solutions, including lowering input costs, shifting supply chains back to the U.S., increasing access to capital, and investing in the next generation of agriculture. Tyler was joined at the event by former U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler as well as other industry leaders.
Tyler Harper said, “I enjoyed being in the Albany area this morning to tour McClesky Cotton and hear firsthand from agriculture leaders from across Southwest Georgia. While agriculture continues to support our state’s overall economy, too many farmers, producers, and consumers are being hit hard by skyrocketing food, fuel, and fertilizer costs. Fertilizer prices have more than doubled, diesel prices are averaging $5 per gallon, and as a result, Georgia families are paying record prices at the grocery store and the gas pump. As Agriculture Commissioner, I will work to lower costs for our producers and consumers by providing more access to capital for farmers, shifting supply chains back to the U.S., strengthening our food security programs and advancing our state’s number one industry for generations to come.”