South Georgia farmers watch Farm Bill hearings

COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) - As public hearings begin on the 2012 Farm Bill, south Georgia farmers are bracing for major cuts.

They're asking our Congressional representatives to keep those cuts fair.

Irwin County farmer Armond Morris spoke before the House Sub-committee on general farm commodities and risk management yesterday in Washington.

He told representatives that South Georgia farmers want a national farm bill that works for all regions of the country and all crops.

Cotton farmer Stacy Thaggard worries our crops will face deeper cuts than other parts of the nation.

"It looks like what they are working on mainly is the Midwest, trying to make sure the corn and the bean farmers are situated. And they kind of left cotton and peanuts, kind of throwing us to the side in the South like they have been trying to do with the farm bills", said cotton farmer Stacy Thaggard.

Representatives say the farm bill must be finalized by August 5th, or the chances of a new bill being approved this year fall sharply.