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Irvin unsure of farm bill's future

August 5, 2007

Tifton -- The 2007 Farm Bill made it's way through the House of Representatives last week on Capitol Hill, a bill that could that ultimately provide millions of dollars to southwest Georgia agriculture programs.

But not everyone is confident in it as it stands.

The proposed 10-year, $614-billion farm bill will go before the Senate in September. But with the current farm bill set to expire next month, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irivin is not sure if the bill will make it past President Bush.

During an interview on Tuesday at the Southeastern Bioenergy Conference in Tifton, Irvin said, "Everything ties to the economics of it. Right now we don't even know if there is going to be a farm bill that President Bush is going to sign. The bill that's going through Congress right as we speak may be vetoed by President Bush. Getting everybody to work together is not an easy task."

The proposed bill, if finalized, is expected to provide funding for ag-projects in Dawson, Albany, and Tifton.

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