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Farm bill moves forward


Georgia farmers are patiently waiting as the newly-drafted farm bill goes before the Senate and House this week.

Georgia Peanut Commission Executive Director Don Koehler left for Washington Monday.  The farm bill will go before the Senate Tuesday, then the House on Wednesday. 

He's hoping it will pass, giving new crop-insurance coverage for peanut producers.  "We have farmers that have made investments in these shelling plants right now. These shelling groups that we have in Donalsonville and in Tifton. And so without a contract they can't do anything for price assurance. And this will allow us to do that then," said Koehler.

Koehler says this will benefit peanut farmers and all of south Georgia.  Farmers are operating under a temporary extension of the old bill because Congress could not agree on new legislation.


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