Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
February 8, 2007
Lee County -- America's energy problem is opening a door of opportunity for many South Georgia farmers. The ethanol fuel explosion is creating a skyrocketing need for corn, and with it, increasing the price for the crop.
Georgia agriculture experts say the amount of corn grown in the state will double this year. South Georgia farmers are rotating off cotton and peanuts, to cash in on this new money crop.
Lee County farmer Wendall Arrington is getting his fields ready to plant corn and he's cutting back on the number of acres of cotton he planted last year. "Yeah, we are probably going to increase corn, probably from 180 acres up to close to 700 acres," he said.
Arrington isn't alone. A corn growers meeting in Leesburg drew record numbers, as South Georgia farmers get ready to plant the crop in high demand to produce alternative fuel.
A crop with promise. "The price. There could be 142 running ethanol plants in the United States within a year, and they use a lot of grain."
The need for an alternative fuel could be a huge economic boost for Georgia farmers. University of Georgia Grain Agronomist Dewey Lee said, "Certainly it means opportunity. It means opportunity for the grower to see improved prices, and him to capture those prices."
Arrington said, "Demand has gone way up. Exports have gone up as well. With the ethanol plants, and throw the two together we got a good corn price for the first time in several years."
The expanding need for fuel will be seen in Georgia farms. "Last year it was 280,000 acres, and we could jump to 550,000 acres. We could double our acres in Georgia," said Pioneer Agriculture Sales Mgr. Roebie Burriss.
As he gets his fields ready to plant corn, Arrington says he feels the demand for corn will give him a chance to make a fair profit for his crop. "That's really boosted morale of all the farmers, really."
Farming is Georgia's number one industry, so increased profits for South Georgians like Arrington would improve the economic strength for the entire region.