Fri., May 6, 2011 11:42am (EDT)

Gov. Deal Signs New Agriculture Bill
By William High
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Agriculture is Georgia's largest industry (photo by hyku from Flickr)
Agriculture is Georgia's largest industry (photo by hyku from Flickr)
Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill Friday that makes sustainable agriculture promotion the policy in Georgia.

Described as using ‘science-based agricultural practices,’ the bill calls for an integrated system that would expand output, but also protect natural resources and preserve the land for future generations.

In addition to this measure, the governor has signed a bill to amend rules on baiting deer and feral hogs.

In the past it was illegal to entice game animals with feed or salts, but this bill would permit the practice on private land.

Baiting for game birds or other animals remains prohibited by the state.