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Friday, December 18, 2009 - 10:16am

Federal Aid Available For Ga. Farmers

Updated: 5 years ago.
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Georgia's farmers are eligible for Federal Aid after some fickle weather in 2009. For farmers it's been a study in contrasts. A year ago they were in the midst of a historic drought. Now the drought is over and rain has been at record highs.

In September several Georgia counties were declared federal disaster areas following days of flooding rains. Robert Tyson is with the farm Service Agency in Athens. He says it's a big change from just over a year ago when farmers were asking for government help for different reasons.

"December 12, 2008 we had secretarial designation for drought, and under that designation we had 158 counties in Georgia that were declared a disaster as a result of drought."

Many farmers are still harvesting crops that were planted late because of rain. Now wet weather is making it impossible to get those crops out of the field.

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