Area farmers say recent rains have done little to help their already devastated crops. But relief may soon be on the way for farmers nationwide, as congress decides to dish out millions of dollars in drought disaster aid.
On any given day, a Thomasville farmers market is jam packed with customers seeking the finest and freshest produce around. And now that U.S. congressional leaders are passing a bill bringing millions of dollars in drought aid to farmers across the nation, these consumers, south Georgia farmers and producers can smile.
"Oh, it will help farmers with irrigation that's for sure, it takes money to irrigate and it will benefit all business and everyone including farmers as well,” comments Tony Lewis of Lewis Produce Company.
The new spending bill, a $397 billion effort by, will target every area of the U.S. government. And though $3.1 billion are being dished out to farmers affected most by last year's drought and floods, some south Georgia consumers say the funding is coming too late.
"You know, funding is what gives farmers the resources to improve product and enhance crop production and to it boosts American agriculture in south Georgia,” says consumer Homer Pankey.
And hopefully the extra funding will help boost agriculture across the nation. Congressional officials say funding from the new bill should be made available to farmers by the end of the month.
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