Farm Crisis

first_imgFall harvest time is traditionally a celebration of bountiful crops and overflowing granaries. But not this year.”The double-edged sword of drought and low prices for most major Georgia commodities will cause extreme financial hardship for many Georgia farmers,” says Bill Lambert, associate dean for the Cooperative Extension Service in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Unfortunately, the immediate future looks like more of the same,” Lambert says.Tough ProblemsThe two most profitable row crops in Georgia — peanuts and tobacco — have been hurt by reduced quotas and price supports. Farm water use may soon be restricted, and confined animal feeding farms may face costly requirements.”The long-term future is in doubt for those who are not able to adjust their market, financial and production plans to the new agricultural economic environment,” Lambert said.John McKissick, a UGA extension agricultural economist, says any farmers face cash flow problems.”Some farmers will make it with relatively minor changes in farm and family finances, while others cannot survive the long-term trends,” McKissick says. “Farmers who have to make major adjustments just to survive will need help coping with both the emotional and financial stress caused by the crisis.”Conference PlannedTo help farm families through the continuing crisis, the Extension Service is working with the Georgia Christian Council, Georgia National Fair, certain government agencies and lending institutions to sponsor a training session in Macon, Nov. 30. Extension agents throughout Georgia are putting together county teams made up of ministers, lenders and agency representatives for the “Helping Georgia Farmers at Risk” training.The teams will learn more about the crisis, how to help families cope with the stress, debt management strategies, farm restructuring alternatives and counseling skills.”This crisis could last for quite some time,” Lambert said. “We have to equip our rural communities to support farm families through this difficult situation.”last_img read more

NAFCU, members, staff donate to American Red Cross in Texas

first_img continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU, its credit unions members and staff continue to send donations to the American Red Cross in Texas to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.“We are tremendously saddened to see and hear about the devastating impacts Hurricane Harvey is having on the city of Houston and its people. Our thoughts and prayers are with them,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “With families being uprooted and their lives forever changed, we are reminded in these moments of the need to come together as one community and give our time and resources where possible.“As we donate to the American Red Cross in Texas, we stand ready to help our Texas credit union members as they go on serving their communities in the coming months of recovery,” Berger added. “We are thankful for the recovery assistance currently underway, and will continue to do everything we can to support these efforts.”last_img read more

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