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Drought hurts Georgia businesses

October 24, 2007

Valdosta - Agriculture and manufacturers around the state have been hurt by the state's drought but landscapers are taking one of the hardest hits.

The Urban Agriculture Coalition says nurseries and landscaping companies across the state have lost nearly 14,000 full- and part-time jobs since May and 1 point 2 billion dollars in losses.

While most of the losses are in North Georgia, many businesses in South Georgia are also feeling the affects from the drought.

"Our sales have been down honestly. Drought conditions do put a damper on the gardening business because who wants to plant something they can't water?" says Sherri Starling, General Manager of Southern Gardens and landscape Center in Valdosta.

Experts say the state needs 5 to 8 inches of rain to call off the emergency and a good year of typical rain fall to get the state back on track.

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