Wed., February 13, 2013 12:00pm
Georgia U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop and 16 of his colleagues have re-formed the “peanut caucus” in the new Congress. It’s an effort to protect the peanut industry in Washington, especially with debate coming on a new farm bill.
Thu., June 21, 2012 3:22pm
The U.S. Senate has passed their version of the Farm Bill. The bill ends direct payments to farmers. Georgia peanut farmers say it provides no safety net.
Thu., June 14, 2012 7:09pm
The Farm Bill under debate in the U.S. Senate this week doesn’t just impact farmers. Eighty percent of its funds go to the program that provides food stamps. The Senate proposal would reduce funds to the program over ten years.
Mon., June 4, 2012 4:07pm
The Senate may begin debate on the farm bill this week. Peanut farmers say proposed changes remove vital safety net. Peanuts more vulnerable to price swings.
Fri., March 16, 2012 8:16am
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss says Georgia farmers need to brace for big changes in government crop subsidy programs as Congress seeks to slash its debt. Chambliss told about 50 farmers at a forum Friday in Jesup he's certain the new five-year farm bill being negotiated will eliminate direct payments that go to farmers regardless of prices or yields. Alternatives such as crop insurance to cover revenue losses are being discussed to protect farmers.