People working in Georgia's largest industry are waiting as Congress struggles to pass a farm bill. The sweeping package of agricultural subsidies has been in limbo since the summer, when House Republicans voted to remove funding for the food stamp program, which has traditionally been a part of prior farm bills.
The number of people relying on food stamps in Georgia is rising. The program a year ago provided food assistance to a record 1.91 million people in the state a year ago. By this June, the program had added 40,000 more recipients.
A state Senate committee met Monday to discuss a bill that would require people on food stamps who haven’t graduated from high school to take educational training. Currently over 60 percent of Georgia's food stamp recipients lack a high school diploma.