Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Farm Bill and Weather Top the News

Well the Senate version of the 2012 Farm Bill is a real dog for southern producers. Our farmers need to be crying bloody murder on this one. It is nothing more than a food stamp bill. Research funded by the Commission through the National Center for Peanut Competitiveness has demonstrated the lack of a safety net for southern producers and now FAPRI which is the Food and Ag Policy Research Institute in Missouri has confirmed our worst fears.

For the first time ever in my recollection, the House has a much better deal for us than the Senate if we can just finally get out of Committee and through the House floor.

Meanwhile, at home east of I-75  in most areas Beryl dropped some much needed rain and an isolated cell moved from the northwestern GA belt southward but rainfall amounts were limited. For the heart of the Georgia belt drought conditions still continue. In the eastern production areas where acres were up the condition is better but this will not fix the ills of the drought on the final outcome. What we need is a tropical storm to come in from the Gulf and sweep across the entire GA peanut belt.

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