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Farmers get ready for planting without new Farm Bill

April 22, 2008

Leesburg -- South Georgia farmers are preparing to plant more crops in the next month as they continue to wait on a final farm bill from Washington.

 Farmers are having to buy their supplies now, without their usual contract payments from the Department of Agriculture. Farmers are now putting down money on land leases, fertilizer and seed.

But the U.S.D.A.'s Farm Service Agency is not writing checks for initial advance payments while working on extensions from the last farm bill. Lee County Farm Service Agency Director Hank Hammond said "right now our bill runs through April 25th, which is this Friday. Then after that we have got our fingers crossed, that they are able to hammer out their differences and get a good bill to the President."

 Hammond said most farmers are taking out loans from financial institutions, to get ready for planting season.

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