Agriculture Appropriation Bill to fund research

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

In a sagging economy, Jimmy Jones finds it hard to bring in enough money for the Henry County Research Extension Center.

"We've taken about a 25% cut over the last two years in our budget. That means a lot to us. That's over 25 million dollars," says Jones, Jr., Coordinator for the Henry County Extension Center.

A new bill may help ease the financial burden.

The "agriculture appropriations bill" is now awaiting President Obama's signature.

It targets many areas including agriculture research.

"We help the farmers have a better way of life through the research we have here at the station. We hopefully can improve their standard of living and making a living off the land," says Jones.

"Goodness knows, our farmers in the southeast depend on modern research to keep them competitive. The more competitive is the market now. We certainly need every advantage we can," says Andy Andreasen, Washington County Extension Coordinator.

Under the bill, over $1 billion will go to agricultural research.

That's an increase of $39 million from last year.

"Let's face it. The peanut farmers have taken it on the chin several years with droughts. The research that comes out of here helps them make the living they are making," says Jones.

The agriculture appropriations bill also includes money for the food stamp program and child nutrition programs in schools.

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