As of Monday night, the Farm Bill, which had already received a nine month extension, has expired.
The farm bill includes several programs and loans that farmers here in Southwest Georgia rely on.
Hilton Segler with the Pecan Grower's Association, says he and other pecan growers rely heavily on the M.A.P program through the farm bill which provides funding for exporting. Segler said 65% of the pecan crop from Georgia is exported to countries like China, India, Turkey, and many others. Without the farm bill Segler says many lives and jobs will be negatively affected.
Segler says there won't be much of an effect for the rest of this year but if a farm bill or extension isn't passed by January, he says the effect will be "devastating."