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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –South Georgia farmers are getting an economic shot in the arm with a new crop assistance program.

Cotton and soybeans farmers who lost crops in the 2009 harvest are eligible for the one-time assistance program.

Congress appropriated 550 million dollars for counties designated as disaster areas during the 2009 harvest period. It includes most South Georgia counties. Excessive rain and wet fields ruined cotton and soybean crops.

Producers that can certify at least a five percent loss are urged to file for the assistance.

Lee County FSA Office Executive Director Hank Hammond said "They are going to be paying producers a per acre amount, to those that are able to come eligible for these payments. I think it will be a good shot in the arm for some of these farmers here in Southwest Georgia."

The signup for the harvest loss crop assistance program will continue through December 9th. You need to contact your USDA/ Farm Service Agency office to check on your eligibility.

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