Valdosta - Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle says supporting farmers is vital to south Georgia's economy.
Cagle visited Valdosta's Smith Northview Hospital today to celebrate the hospital's 50th anniversary.
He talked about health care issues in the region, but he also addressed concerns about the hard hits farmers have taken this year with the Easter freeze and severe drought.
He says he's confident the state's 50-billion dollar agriculture industry will pull through. "Anytime you experience drought, it's difficult to get the yields so we are concerned about that. But the economy as a whole continues to do well, certainly this region is an economic boom for this state," says Lt. Governor Cagle.
Cagle says he is also working to lower energy costs to help existing businesses save money and convince new ones to move in.