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Southwest Georgia farmer speaks to U.S. Senate ag committee | VIDEO

Ronnie Lee of Bronwood talks about impact of 2014 farm bill on producers

Ronnie Lee, who farms in Lee, Terrell and Sumter counties, tells senators that sound U.S. farm policy is essential in the production and marketing of crops such as cotton and peanuts.

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OUTLOOK 2015: Locate South Georgia looks to fully promote all aspects of the region

Locate South Georgia comprises 20 communities across south Georgia

As many communities in southern Georgia continue to figure out ways to grow and attract new business and industry, a group of like-minded individuals from across the region have decided to pool their resources to form a newly christened Locate South Georgia initiative that will seek to use unity among a number of locations to present south Georgia as a great place to locate.

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Albany National Youth Sports Program launches 40 Dollars for 40 Years campaign | VIDEO

The NYSP will be renamed Albany State University Sports and Enrichment Program this June

Organizers of the summer sports and enrichment program are hoping that 1,000 people will donate at least $40 each to support the five-week summer program that has 350-400 students each year and about 25,000 over its 40 years of existence.

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Gas prices continue to rise

Experts still do not see $3 per gallon gas this year

Fuel prices are creeping up, though they are still a relative bargain compared to what motorists were paying last year.

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State Rep. Ed Rynders co-sponsors bill to make early voting uniform across Georgia

Legislation would address equal access to voting dates

Legislation co-sponsored by House District 152 Rep. Ed Rynders, R-Leesburg, would make early voting across the state uniform.

Gas continues upward track

Averages rise 12 cents nationally over the week

Metro Albany motorists see a 6-cent rise at the gas pumps from the previous week on Monday.

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden speaks at Albany farmers meeting

Krysta Harden, a native of Camilla, explains current farm bill

Krysta Harden, deputy secretary of the Department of Agriculture, speaks to members of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives.

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University of Georgia researchers surveying wild swine damage

Feral swine are now found in 82 percent of U.S. states and in several U.S. territories

UGA researchers are hoping to get a picture of the amount of damage that feral swine do on private land in Georgia through a survey of 3,000 landowners.

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Case of FTC opposition to Phoebe North purchase pulled from administrative proceedings until March

Case involving FTC, Phoebe Putney Health System and Hospital Authority may be going back to settlement

An order, issued Jan. 28, withdrew the matter from adjudication because there is the possibility of a settlement. The order stays proceedings until 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 27 pending a determination by the FTC with respect to the consent proposal.

Woman accused of striking Albany police officer with car

Albany police officer injured in vehicle assault

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Camilla woman accused of striking an officer with her car.

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Dougherty County Commission approves Regional Commission grant request

State, federal funding used for rural transportation program

The Dougherty County Commission gives the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission authorization to seek transportation funding.

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UGA weed experts tell farmers not to go easy on pigweed

With cotton prices low, growers may be tempted to scale back against Palmer amaranth

Concerns over low cotton prices and high treatment costs have University of Georgia Extension weed scientist Stanley Culpepper fearing Georgia farmers might be tempted to become conservative in their fight against glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth. Culpepper is encouraging producers to resist that temptation.

Kansas firm purchases Camilla ethanol plant

Plant in Mitchell County has about 60 employees

Flint Hills Resources announced has finalized the acquisition of an ethanol plant near Camilla from Southwest Georgia Ethanol, LLC.

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Advocates for seniors visit Georgia Capitol

Staff and advocates of Georgia’s state and regional Councils on Aging, including 21 from Southwest Georgia, attend Senior Day events during Senior Week at the state Capitol in Atlanta.

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Tifton researchers release new muscadine grape variety

The new Hall variety is sweet and ripens eary

The new University of Georgia muscadine is golden and ripens early, making it an attractive choice for consumers and Georgia farmers. The biggest need now is to make other areas of the country aware of muscadines and create better markets for the grape.