The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting a great year for farmers. Many in Georgia are expected to benefit.
Farm income is forecast to be up 34-percent. Crop yields are down but prices are up on most commodities. Record prices on cotton and pecans will help farmers here. Exports to countries like China are driving the increase with 2011 predicted to be even better.
Don McGough with the Georgia Farm Bureau says good years help farmers make up for past losses and help them prepare for the future.
“Mother Nature’s very fickle and we never know from one year to the next what we’re actually going to have as far as climate.”
McGough says farmers are already concerned about what is forecast to be a warm, dry spring.