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A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
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Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
November 7, 2002
TIFT CO. - It's an age old system, South Georgia peanut farmers harvest their fields, put their raw peanuts in storage, and look for a Shelling company that's willing to buy. Then the sheller prepares peanuts for the products we eat, seeing a whole lot more of the profits. But it's a system that's about to change.
"I feel like it's time we all come together to make things more profitable farming in South Georgia," Carol Coarsey said.
Farmers are pooling their money to eliminate the middle man and be able to take their peanuts right to the manufacturer.
"This is a very happy day for peanut farmers in South Georgia and the Tift area," Don Koehler said.
What farmers are buying into is an idea, an idea that building a giant sheller in a pecan orchard will make a world of difference in their ability to still make it in farming.
"I sold last year for $355 a ton, we can't grow for that and survive," Co-op President Irvin Branch said. "We got to do something, feel that coming together is way to do that."
So the farmers will build the $17 million shelling facility in time for harvest next fall, but to do it the cooperative will need to pool $6.8 million by year's end and they already have 100 willing farmers.
"Since I've been farming, best opportunity I've seen for farmers to help themselves add value to their crops," Coarsey said.
The Tift Development Authority helped the farmers buy the 42 acre plot of land with a $200,000 grant. Each share gives the farmer the right to shell a ton of peanuts, plus get dividends from the Cooperative's profits.