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Beekeepers could soon get aid

June 21, 2007

Homerville - Beekeepers in South Georgia were hit hard by the Easter Freeze, massive wildfires and severe drought.

And many estimate they lost about 80% of their honey crop, meaning beekeepers need some financial assistance to keep a float.

But a problem of this magnitude for beekeepers hasn't happened before, so many aren't included on aid lists.

Now local and state representatives are doing all they can to try and help.  "Traditionally our beekeepers have not relied on federal assistance so we don't have a lot of records on hand. We don't know how many bee keepers are out there, how many hives they have, the extent of the problem," says Valdosta Police Chief Frank Simons.

Once they establish the extent of the problem, they'll then work to figure out what needs to be done from there, the best way to get these farmers onto aid lists and the help they need.

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