State News Briefs

| December 8, 2014

State News

Lee Henderson, Newstalk 105.9 WVGA:

SMALL FARM TAX CREDITS

Members of the United States Senate will consider legislation already approved by the House that would provide an extension to current tax credits.  The language of the legislation is to be amended giving small farmers the same tax credits as large farm operations. Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black says that the measure will help more farmers provide even more food to hungry Georgians. One of the primary beneficiaries if the Senate approves the legislation would be Second Harvest of South Georgia, the regional food bank, as more farmers are allowed to take advantage of the tax breaks for their donations to the food bank.

LAWMAKER TRAINING SESSION

The education process for newly elected and veteran state lawmakers is underway at the University of Georgia. The three day training ends as the new legislative session begins. Among the newcomers to the Senate is Ellis Black, R-Valdosta. Gov. Nathan Deal addresses the lawmakers over lunch Tuesday.

NEW FARM BILL PRESENTATIONS

A special group of meetings have been announced by the University of Georgia to present to South Georgia farmers information on the new Farm Bill. The information provided is designed to help landowners and producers in future decision making. Meetings will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 15 at the UGA Tifton Conference Center and from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in Quitman at the Brooks County Ag Annex. Two meetings are also scheduled for Colquitt County.

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