Experts say a lack of rain has plagued the south Georgia region since December 2010.
A 'disaster' designation would allow farmers in affected areas to apply for low-interest loans, but Extension Agent Don Clark says while loans can help alleviate financial stress, they don't always mean a magic fix.
"They can borrow the money to overcome their losses this year or they can put in irrigation systems, but there again, they're accumulating more debt," says Clark.
Farmers say many crops, including cotton and peanuts, are struggling to grow.
Colquitt, Grady and Thomas counties would be included in the disaster area.
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