Middle Georgia farmers excited about disaster relief funding

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – President Donald Trump has signed a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill aimed at helping communities across the country bounce back from hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and fires.

Governor Brian Kemp, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, U.S. Senator David Perdue, and other local elected officials met today in South Georgia to discuss what the relief means for farmers impacted by Hurricane Michael.

Georgia farmers say it helps them focus on this year’s harvest.

41NBC caught up with State Representative Robert Dickey, who also owns Dickey Farms. He went to the south Georgia meeting with Governor Kemp and  says farmers in Middle Georgia can now start planting seeds and paying back production loans at their banks.

Dickey says lawmakers in Washington are deciding how the money will be divided between states needing relief and Puerto Rico.

He says Senator Perdue is hopeful the plan will roll out within the next few weeks, rather than months.

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Tanya comes all the way from Chicago, Illinois. She’s a city girl that’s excited to be a part of Middle Georgia’s community and tell your stories! She received a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia College Chicago. She also spent a few semesters studying at San Diego State University. While in college, she interviewed Joan Rivers before she passed away, was on the red carpet for the movie premiere of “Chiraq” and also interned with ABC7’s investigative reporters and Bill Kurtis. Tanya spent nearly 2 years reporting in Billings, Montana where she covered a lot of politics and agriculture. In her spare time, Tanya is a sports fanatic, so even though the Chicago Bears and Bulls didn’t know how to win this season, she still roots for them. You can guarantee you’ll run into her at the gym every day. If you do, stop by and say hi! Share your stories with her and don’t be surprised if she’s hiding chocolate chip cookies in her gym bag.