Public Field Hearings in Florida, Georgia on Seasonal and Perishable Produce Postponed

Clint Thompson Florida, Fruits, Georgia, Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables at a farmers market.

Washington, DC – Consistent with recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the field hearings scheduled in Florida and Georgia on April 7 and April 9 by the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Commerce will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date.

The Office of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer had scheduled hearings for fruit and vegetable growers to talk about concerns of unfair competition with Mexican products.

Interested parties are still encouraged to submit written comments and information via The original deadline for written submissions — March 26, 2020 — has been waived. The public docket will remain open and will accept written submissions during this period of postponement, and new submission deadlines will be announced in connection with the announcement of new hearing dates.

The Federal Register notice with instructions on how to submit written materials can be viewed here.

Let your voice be heard by submitting comments on this important issue.

  1. Go to
  2. Enter docket number, USTR-2020-0010, in the search bar.
  3. Click the blue “Comment Now” button to submit your comments.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office, 706-845-8200.

Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association