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Information from GA Pundit- Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. Several Gold Star Families - who like the Bookers have lost a family member to conflictMore >>
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. In 2013, Georgia lost 26 armed services members who gave their lives for us and their names were read in the State Capitol as part of our observance of Memorial Day.More >>
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia's Democratic Party. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/199UTSo) that a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett CountyMore >>
A lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County this week accuses Mike Berlon of failing to distribute nearly $1 million from a trust he created for a friend and his son.More >>
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A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer. Crisp County Investigators say 25-year-old James Aultman stole more than $10,000More >>
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer.More >>
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Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend. It's free, but they will accept donations to fund the department's annual community picnic in June. Musical artists from around SouthMore >>
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:35:30 GMT
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday. Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Baconton Mayor AnnetteMore >>
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday.More >>
Terrell County, GA (WALB) – Peanut growers are alarmed that their crop is not included in the USDA's latest disaster program. The 2009 agricultural disaster assistance from the federal government leaves peanuts without any safety net.
It's South Georgia's top money crop, but The U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2009 disaster assistance summary excludes peanut producers, and farmers from Georgia to Mississippi are asking why.
Terrell County peanut farmer Brian Goolsby looks over his peanut field, and wonders if Washington D.C. Department of Agriculture officials have something against his commodity.
"I don't think they really know what goes on. It's a big risk for a narrow profit margin," Goolsby said.
The 2009 Disaster Program lists rice, soybeans, cotton, and sweet potatoes, but leaves off peanuts. Last fall heavy rains during harvest delayed picking, and ruined some field's quality, yield, and bottom line.
"There are a lot of people in our area, including us, that had a terrible time harvesting," Goolsby said.
Terrell County farmer Neil Lee also questions Washington's logic. "I don't understand why we got left off considering other commodities in the same county, because we had a tough harvest," Lee said.
So Lee, Goolsby, and the Georgia Peanut Commission are joining with peanut associations across the South, asking the Administration to reconsider the disaster program and include them.
"I hope they consider it, because there is a lot of peanut producers in this area, and it really needs to be considered," Goolsby said.
The Georgia Peanut Commission says excluding specific commodities for whatever reason has a negative economic impact for those producers.
Peanut associations in Georgia, Alabama , Florida and Mississippi say the administration in Washington hurt their crop enough when they proposed eliminating peanuts from commercial airlines. Now leaving it off the U.S.D.A.'s disaster program has them asking for an explanation.
More than 80% of the nation's peanuts are produced in the four Southeastern states. The crop is a two billion dollar industry. Georgia produces 49 percent of the nations peanuts.
Last year the 70 counties that produce peanuts yielded more than 1.7 billion pounds.
The states top five peanut producing counties are Decatur, Worth, Early, Miller, and Dooly.
We have 14,000 peanut farms and 4,500 farmers. The peanut industry contributes more than 50,000 jobs in Georgia.