Saturday evening brought farmers from Cherokee County together to prep for the spring and summer crop seasons... And to discuss improvements the Cherokee County Farm Bureau could make.
Farmers, along with state officials gathered in Columbus for the annual Cherokee county farm bureau's legislative dinner. Being the middle of winter, officials had much to talk about. Especially when it comes to weather.
Much of Cherokee County is considered to be farmland, and officials say whenever the temperature fluctuates like it has in recent days to where it feels like springtime, officials say it does pose a danger to crops.
"The way that affects us the most is we're probably losing income by losing crops." says Cherokee County Farm Bureau President, Kyle Renni. "All this wind...when you get a fire started like this, you can't do much with it, just get way ahead of it and try to stop it before it gets to you." he says.
Another one of the topics discussed this evening was local legislator's takes on the farm bill, and how it would affect local residents.
"The farm bill is actually a support for us. We haven't actually had a farm bill for a while now but we've been running on the last bill that was passed." Renni says.
It's otherwise known as the five year farm bill. The bill expired last year, and it could cost 955 billion dollars over 10 years. In wWashington, the big debate lies over cutting milk production if prices decline below a certain level. In Cherokee County...this is not believed to be a problem.
"It is a support program for us, and it will continue to be, and I'm sure they'll pass one and it kind of kicks in when we are in drought situations and flood situations and its a support program for us." Renni says.
Leaders in Washington are expected to resume talks on the farm bill this week.