Cotton farmers say they're not getting the support they deserve

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Jackson County, Fla. (WJHG) - Each year, the Federal Farm Bill grants certain farmers support for their crops. Cotton farmers are not included in the bill, and they're pushing back.

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Jackson County is the number one cotton producer in Florida.

Regions as far away as Saudi Arabia depend on the cotton grown in Jackson County.

Cotton lost its status as a title one crop after a world trade organization dispute with Brazil.

The bill stabilizes the price of crops and allows farmers to hold crops until the market is better.

Many peanut producers are supporting cotton farmers' efforts to be included in the bill. Most producers rotate cotton and peanuts, so one crop affects the next.