Category: Agriculture

South Georgia Again Meets Nature’s Crosshairs

As Theresa mentioned in Morning Reads, yesterday was another devastating day for parts of Central and South Georgia. While Georgia was spared the loss of life that occurred just across the state line in Alabama, property damage was spread across the southern half of the state, with the towns of Talbotton and Cairo taking a

Agriculture Relief Badly Needed. “Enough is Enough.”

Hurricane Michael moved through southwest Georgia on October 10th and 11th in 2018, causing more than $2.5 billion in losses to the state’s agriculture industry. The state government passed disaster relief initiatives during a special legislative session in November but are still waiting on the federal government to send additional aid. On Friday, Governor Brian

Rep Sam Watson & SW Georgia Delegation Rebuke Gurtler Over Disaster Relief

The main bill during Georgia’s Special Session meeting of the General Assembly was one to approve $270 million in relief following Hurricane Michael. This was the state’s portion of disaster relief to qualify for federal disaster funds.  It passed the House almost unanimously.  Almost.  There was one no vote, that of Rep Matt Gurtler from

Isakson, Perdue Seek Additional Disaster Relief For Georgia Farmers

From a press release: ATLANTA – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., wrote to Senate appropriators this week requesting disaster assistance for Georgia’s agriculture industry as a result of Hurricane Michael. “Hurricane Michael caused extensive damage to Georgia and across the Southeast,” wrote the senators. “Georgia’s agricultural industry alone suffered more than

Dealing With The Aftermath

This week’s Courier Herald column: Last Tuesday we had statewide elections. Republicans held most statewide seats, with two contests, Secretary of State and the Public Service Commission Seat held by Chuck Eaton, headed to runoffs. There was some evidence of party realignment according to geography, with Republicans losing seats across the northern metro Atlanta but

Rep. Micah Gravley Hits the Road for Joint Study Commission on Low THC Medical Oil Access

In a press release this morning, State Representative Micah Gravely (R-Douglasville), announced the meeting dates across Georgia for the Joint Study Commission on Low THC Medical Oil Access. Rep. Gravely will co-chair the commission with State Senator Matt Brass (R-Coweta). Wednesday, August 29, 2018, in Atlanta. The topic will be patient, parent and organizational testimony; Tuesday, September

Cong. Bishop Voices “Serious Concerns” with SNAP Reforms

Georgia’s Second Congressional District has the highest number of SNAP recipients in the state–more than 57,000. So it’s especially noteworthy when the district’s representative is alarmed at reforms to the program. Sanford Bishop said in a recently-released statement the proposed Trump administration reforms could “exacerbate” existing woes for needy families (Bishop ever so helpfully noted