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.
Growers are expected to harvest a million more tons of peanuts than they can sell this year. Federal forecasts put the harvest above three million tons, and some in the industry think that’s a low estimate.
School lunches recently got their biggest update in 15 years thanks to new guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The rules now set limits on calories and salt. They phase in whole grains and require at least one vegetable or fruit per meal.
More than half of U.S. counties now are classified by the federal government as natural disaster areas mostly because of the drought. The U.S. Agriculture Department on Wednesday added 218 counties in a dozen states as disaster areas, including six in Georgia.
Under new U.S. Department of Agriculture rules announced Thursday, all but a handful of Georgia counties are considered disaster areas because of ongoing drought. The department is trying to shorten the time between a disaster and making aid available to farmers.