Georgia's cattle industry spreads through all 159 counties, and has a big impact on the state's economy.
Our producers are our top priority, and we are happy to provide producers with what they need to be successful in the industry.
Visit the links above to stay up to date on all things industry related.
As we move through these uncertain times together, we want to be sure that you as cattle producers have what you need to keep working. We know that cattle don't check themselves, and Georgia Farmers and Ranchers never stop caring for their animals.
CORONAVIRUS FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CFAP)
GCA held a webinar with the Farm Service Agency on CFAP application information for producers, watch HERE
See our CFAP Q&A page with direct information HERE
Applications and information for CFAP are avaliable HERE
HIGHLIGHT OF GCA ACTION DURING COVID-19 CRISIS:
- Advocated for Hours of Service waiver exemption for transportation of live cattle, boxed beef, and inputs
- Provided documentation to producers to continue working and traveling as critical infrastructure
- Worked with legislators in DC to ensure that market inconsistencies were/are addressed, relaxed transportation regulation barriers during the crisis, and encouraged packers to shift their buying schedule to continue to move the market and provide beef to consumers
- Sent letter to Georgia's congressional delegation, urging them to take action on behalf of our industry, focusing on: ask to Secretary Perdue to ensure USDA monitors discrepancy in expected price discoveries, encourage meat packers to purchase cattle in cash market, request industry support through disaster payments using Market Facilitation processes and financial tools
- GCA President met with Secretary Perdue to share industry concerns and advocate for distribution of CARES Act payments; hand delivered letter of concern to The Secretary
- Worked to address disparity that producers are seeing in value of cattle, discussing concerns and short-term and long-term fixes for industry in GCA leadership, other state cattlemen's associations, and NCBA
- GCA sent letter to congressional delegation, along with other states in the Southeast, to request formal investigation of market conditions to USDA through the CFTC
- GCA joined multi-state letter asking Department of Justice to partner with USDA on their investigation, or to circumvent USDA and take over the investigation into the market disparity in the wake of the Kansas plant fire and COVID-19 impact
- GCA has spoken with Undersecretary Northey and Ibach to convey our industry concerns regarding COVID-19 impacts
The two links below will assist you through the Georgia mandated "Shelter In Place" as Agriculture is an Essential Workforce
Be sure to check our Facebook page, keep your membership up to date, and your email address filed with us at GCA so that you can stay up to date on what's going on that affects your every day life as a producer.
Stay safe & God bless!