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GA farmers: Don't change farm bill

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District 2 Director of the Georgia Peanut Commission Armond Morris District 2 Director of the Georgia Peanut Commission Armond Morris
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TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

 District 2 Director of the Georgia Peanut Commission Armond Morris has been a farmer all his life.   He is one of many farmers relieved to see Congress finally agree on a Farm Bill earlier this year. 

Now Morris is working to stop efforts by a group of farmers who want change the bill through the current Agriculture Appropriations Act.  

"It just needs to be implemented and we shouldn't have made changes before it's been and we shouldn't have waited till the end to try to make changes as far as regulations are concerned," Morris said. "It's the departments job to implement the program like it was orchestrated."     

The new farm bill eliminated the cotton program and allowed farmers to move that base to other row crops.   That why some farmers are wanting Congress to allow a crop base to be sold across state lines or to limit the amount of base farmers can move.    

"There is some concerns about Georgia Peanut farmers going to put all peanut base on cotton. That's not necessarily true because we rotate our crops. You want production. You have to rotate to keep peanuts from having disease."  

 Supporters of keeping the current Farm Bill believe the proposed changes could increase its cost to the federal budget.  Something Congress was wanting to manage when it passed the Farm Bill.

"It's like you having a car, you got the title to it, but I'm going to take your car and sell it."  

 Morris says support to keep the current Farm Bill continues to grow in the agriculture industry.    And until a decision is made, he says they'll be working to get representatives to let the newly enacted farm bill to work.

 

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