Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:59 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:59:39 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
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 >>
July 13, 2007
Colquitt -- Terry Pickle's been farming on South Georgia land for 22 years. A trade he picked up from his father.
He wouldn't be able to do it without sufficient federal aid. "It goes into the growing of the crop, equipment payments and this year diesel fuel payments," said Pickle.
But, the amount he gets from the government for growing his 450 acres of peanuts may drop next year. "If they take money away from fertilizer and fuel than they can lower it. If they reduce our production costs than they can lower our income," said Pickle.
With fuel prices going up and extra expenses from this year's drought relief; the cost of growing peanuts is only getting higher. "Everything we do is tied to petroleum," said Pickle. "So when fuel prices go up, everything we touch goes up. Fertilizer goes up. Diesel fuel is probably the biggest."
The Georgia Peanut Producers Association is doing all it can to keep the drop in federal aid from happening. "Several groups have gotten together and written letters endorsing basically a few changes. We would like to see most of the farm bill stay the same with a few changes, namely we need more money, " said Pickle.
Without a better safety net from the government, farmers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi may stop growing peanuts and move to a less risky crop.
The current farm bill could be extended for the next two years. Congress will decide on whether to extend the current bill or draft a new one this August.