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China tariff worries Georgia pecan farmers

South Georgia farmers worried about China Tariff. (Source:WALB) South Georgia farmers worried about China Tariff. (Source:WALB)
South Georgia farmers worried about China Tariff. (Source:WALB) South Georgia farmers worried about China Tariff. (Source:WALB)
Southwest Georgia (WALB) -

One of South Georgia biggest cash crops could be impacted by the ongoing trade war with China.

President Trump signed retaliatory tariffs that are up to $60 billion on Chinese imports, which is now hitting close to home. 

China receives about a third of the country's pecan crop. 

South Georgia farmers depend on sales to China so the tariff has them worried.

Farmers are worried about oversupply. 

If China doesn't buy pecans from the US, then grocery store prices will be lower, resulting in a 10 to 20 percent price difference.

"China is the US's largest export customer. Anything that serves to raise the cost of pecans in China will be harmful. Exactly how harmful, only time will tell. The tariff could advance competitors, of Mexico and South Africa," said Samantha McLoyd, executive director of the Georgia Pecan Growers Association.

Right now, growers hope the trade issues between U.S and China will be resolved by harvest time. 

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