He is in the middle of planting 2,000 acres of cotton and 1,000 acres of peanuts.
“Anytime something political gets involved in trade, it’s never going to be good,” Webb said.
Georgia farmers were already hurt last year when China imposed tariffs of 5% to 10% on many American products in the first round of the trade war. Then they suffered when Hurricane Michael swept through, destroying more than $2 billion of crops.
“Would farm families love for this to be over yesterday? Certainly. Should China cease retaliatory and illegal trade practices? Most definitely,” Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black wrote in an emailed response to questions from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Targeting farmers as a tool of state is never acceptable. Hopefully our good customers will return to negotiations soon,” Black added in the email. “In the meantime, their consumers and our farmers are the ones who will suffer.”
Webb is hopeful there will be a resolution.
“I really thought, and still do think, that (President Donald) Trump will get some sort of deal done before the election because he knows if this is still going on, he is going to lose support,” he said.