Albany -- Agri-businessmen worry a delay in passing a new farm bill will hurt South Georgia producers.
The Senate is debating close to 280 amendments that have been added to the farm bill now under consideration. If it doesn't pass this week, it likely will be at least February before it will come up for a vote.
Producers say that will make it tough for them to understand the new financial guidelines before they get ready to plant. American Peanut Shellers Association Legislative Chairman Jimmy Dorsett said "people say they are subsidies, but what we are really subsidizing is the food that we all eat. So it's very important that we keep the farmer in the field. "
Some Congressional leaders say the plan that's been used for the last five years might need to be extended while work continues on a new farm bill.