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Doctors Work To Fight Scammers

Georgia’s Secretary of State’s Office and the non-profit Investor Protection Trust are teaming up to train doctors to include financial questions during check-ups with older patients. Georgia is among 22 states using funding from the Trust to combat what experts believe will be a growing problem as baby boomers age - scammers targeting people in the early stages of dementia or who are confused about their finances.

Tax Breaks Safe For Farmers

The Georgia Farm Bureau’s 72nd annual convention is underway on Jekyll Island. Governor-elect Nathan Deal told the group Monday he plans to cut state spending to keep within the state’s shrinking state budget. The agriculture industry – the state’s largest—receives generous tax exemptions from the state. The head of a commission tasked with overhauling Georgia’s tax code promised it would recommend keeping tax breaks for the agriculture industry.

Report: Georgia Needs Solar Growth

A new study ranks Georgia among states that would benefit most from solar power development. But the state still lags behind in its use of the renewable energy source.

Diseases Hit Blueberries

Some blueberries in South Georgia are at risk of getting two new diseases. Ring Blotch and Leaf Scorch are becoming more prominent in Southern High Bush varieties. It is the most profitable fruit in Georgia and blueberry farmers worried these diseases could ruin their crops

Savannah Dredging Gets Boost

Political and Business leaders are backing the dredging of the Port of Savannah, to allow for larger cargo freighters to pass through.

Georgia's New Tax Code Still to Be Decided

Any new tax code, Frazier says, will be friendly to businesses, in hopes they will grow jobs in the state.

Rate Hike Still Pending

Testimony wrapped up Wednesday at the Public Service Commission about Georgia Power’s request to raise rates. Georgia Power wants approval to charge customers another 1.2-billion dollars over three years. That breaks down to a $10.88 spike to the average customer’s bill each month.

Farm Income Up

Georgia farmers will benefit from increase in prices and exports. Farm income expected to be up by 34-percent over 2009. Farmers already watching weather for 2011.

Jasper Port Could Seek Permits In 2012

A consultant working on a joint port project being developed by the states of Georgia and South Carolina says, it could be just two years before the port seeks its permits. The consultant also says, the Jasper Ocean Terminal, on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River, could be up an running by 2025.

Disaster Declaration Covers State

Every county in Georgia could qualify for disaster assistance from the federal government. The designation comes on the heels of several very warm, dry months. Farm operators throughout the state are eligible to be considered for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency, and help from the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program.