Rising Costs Have Georgia Farmers Seeking Help From Lawmakers

By: Adam Vasallo
By: Adam Vasallo

For Thomas County high school students Garrett West and Haley Haskins, farming is a family business.

Garrett says, "We already harvest pecans now, and I've been doing it ever since I was a kid, and my granddad's been doing it forever."

But many Georgia growers say the outlook for future farmers like West is not good, and some south Georgia lawmakers say they'll use the upcoming legislative session to take a closer look at the problem that includes rising fuel and fertilizer prices.

Greg Hamil of the Renfroe Pecan Company says, "Fertilizer prices and chemical prices have all gone up drastically in the last few years."

Julian Knight, a Georgia farmer, says, "I don't know what we're going to do. We've cut and we've cut, and we've cut and we've about cut ourselves out of business. I'm a third generation farmer on this farm and don't know what else I can cut, I don't know."

While he doesn't have the answers as farming prices continue to climb, Knight hopes state lawmakers will, so future farmers like West and Haskins can pursue their dreams and keep south Georgia's farming tradition alive.

Lawmakers will get their chance to discuss the state's farming woes when the general assembly convenes Monday, January 9.

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