Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:37:21 GMT
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce. Nursing students at Georgia Southwestern asked business students to help them prepare for their job searches. HumanMore >>
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:28:47 GMT
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do. An EF-3 tornado roared through Americus six years ago. It killed two people and destroyed Sumter Regional Hospital andMore >>
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do.More >>
November 16, 2006
Decatur County- Decatur County's leading industry is agriculture. Last year, farmers grossed 241.7 million dollars. That's why they've got a vested interest in the new 2007 Farm Bill. The community gathered Thursday to give thanks for agriculture and to discuss how the new farm bill will affect south Georgia with representatives who will help craft the new bill.
A drought plus rainfall at harvest time equals a challenging year for south Georgia farmers. Decatur County Ag man of the year Kim Rentz hopes the 2007 Farm Bill will have the same safety nets as the current bill.
"It makes it more important when you have a challenging year like that and one of the biggest challenges this year also has been expenses have been through the roof with the increased energy costs," said Kim Rentz.
High energy costs and conservation are expected to be addressed in the new bill. South Georgia farmers say they'd also like to see more money for cotton and peanut crops.
"The commodity programs are very important to southwest Georgia and the farmers here and that's what we'd like to see maintained as much as possible," said Rentz.
"Obviously Senator Chambliss being the ranking member on the Agriculture committee beginning in January will be fighting hard for Georgia interest and making sure that cotton and peanuts and other commodities that have a stake in the farm bill are looked after," said Steven Meeks, U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss State Director.
While Chambliss won't chair the committee, he'll still have an important stake in writing the new bill.
"Obviously there'll be a stake for everyone in this farm bill. There are other commodities that are thinking maybe they want to be added in and have some policy as well," said Meeks.
Farmers like Rentz realize the safety net that the current Farm Bill provides offers farmers stability, something they hope continues to keep them producing crops in south Georgia's fields.
Chambliss has held hearings in Decatur County and across the country over the last year talking to farmers about what's needed in the new Farm Bill.