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  • USDA Disaster Assistance Applications Available for First District Blueberry Growers
    Posted in Press Releases on September 9, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that agricultural producers affected by natural disasters, including Georgia blueberry growers who were devastated by unusually harsh freezes, are now eligible to apply for assistance beginning on September 11, 2019. Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) fought to secure this assistance for this critical part of the First District's agricultural community in Congress. To apply, producers should contact their local USDA service... Read more

  • Carter Secures Disaster Assistance for Blueberry Growers
    Posted in Press Releases on June 3, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    After months of negotiations, disaster aid secured by Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) to assist Georgia blueberry growers who were devastated by unusually harsh freezes is headed to President Trump's desk to be signed into law. In 2017, Georgia was expected to produce around 90 million pounds of blueberries, but was drastically reduced to 30 million because of the record setting freeze combined with warm winter weather. In 2018, blueberry growers faced another freeze and another year ... Read more

  • Carter Secures Protection for Tomato Growers Against Unfair Trade Practice
    Posted in Press Releases on February 8, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    After Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) and members of both the United States Senate and House of Representatives called on the U.S. Department of Commerce to terminate an unfair trade agreement harming U.S. tomato growers, the department this week announced the intent to withdraw from the agreement. Since 1996, Mexican tomato growers have used a suspension agreement to export dumped tomatoes to the United States, thereby circumventing U.S. laws intended to prevent harm to domestic indu... Read more

  • Carter: Farm Bill Does Not Support Georgia Growers
    Posted in Press Releases on December 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) voted against legislation today that fails to support a critical part of the First District of Georgia's agricultural community. After months of negotiations by Carter, the Agriculture Improvement Act, also known as the Farm Bill, did not include the adequate crop assistance Georgia's blueberry farmers need to recover from the devastating winter in 2017. "I certainly wanted to vote in support of the Farm Bill today," said Carter. "As Georgia's top indus... Read more

  • Carter Votes to Support Georgia Farmers, Agriculture Industry
    Posted in Press Releases on June 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) voted in support of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, also known as the Farm Bill, today to support farmers and the agriculture industry. The legislation includes several measures critical for agriculture in the First District of Georgia including reauthorizing the crop insurance program, reauthorizing and improving the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) options, and supporting specialty crops including blueberries, peaches, ... Read more

  • Carter Introduces Legislation to Protect Timber Farmers from Catastrophic Loss
    Posted in Press Releases on February 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) introduced legislation today to protect timber land owners in times of catastrophic loss. Currently, after a catastrophic loss, 70% of timber farmers have no recourse due to limitations in the tax code and because timber is not eligible for federal crop insurance. Carter's legislation, the Forest Recovery Act, allows individuals or businesses growing timber for sale to take a tax deduction up to the fair market value lost after a catastrophic event. Far... Read more

  • USDA Designates Georgia Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas
    Posted in Press Releases on November 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Today Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue designated 83 counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to damage from Hurricane Irma. This declaration makes farm operators in primary counties and those counties contiguous to such primary counties eligible to be considered for certain assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) if certain requirements are met. The assistance includes FSA emergency loans. Primary counties declared under the disaster designation in the First District... Read more

  • Carter Named Friend of Farm Bureau
    Posted in Press Releases on September 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (GA-01) has been awarded the Friend of Farm Bureau Award by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). The Friend of Farm Bureau Award is reserved for legislators who support the priorities of AFBF, the unified national voice of agriculture. "The hard work of our farmers, ranchers, and producers ensures the United States has the safest and most affordable food supply in the world," said Carter. "Agriculture is responsible for employing one in seven Georgians ... Read more

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