USDA declares Georgia disaster area

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ATLANTA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared 146 of 159 Georgia counties a primary disaster area because of production losses due to prolonged drought and high temperatures.

The governor's office said Thursday that the designation is in response to Gov. Sonny Perdue's request last month.

Perdue says Georgia farmers have "significant economic losses due to the dry conditions in Georgia," and he is pleased that financial relief will be made available.

Twelve counties were named as contiguous disaster areas: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Bulloch, Camden, Coffee, Glynn, Liberty, Long, Terrell, Ware, and Wayne.

The only county not covered by either designation is McIntosh.

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Tujeez1 12/20/08 - 03:40 am
I see no one seems to care

I see no one seems to care about the plight of Georgia Farmers. Thank You Governor Perdue for requesting this action. I hope all of you Farmers can recieve enough "help" to hang on during these tough times. Georgia doesn't need to lose anymore
farms, large or small. I see trees going in everywhere. Maybe the Congress will effect some change along with President-Elect Obama's purported Green Initiatives and this will provide some relief. I for one would like to see the US start using Sugar Cane for Ethanol fuel. The corn doesn't do so well. It's a big effort to keep the fledgling Alternative Fuel Industry out of the Big Oil Companies profit. Brazil is energy efficient and nearly energy independent using Ethanol made from Sugar Cane. I hope the movement catches on here. I know that there is plenty of land to grow sugar cane here in Georgia. Pray for the Farmer, not only in Georgia but everywhere. I know I am.

datrite 12/20/08 - 10:33 am
Thank You Tujeez!! Most

Thank You Tujeez!! Most consumers do not care about us farmers.

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