The peanut fields may be ripe for picking, but the pickings are going to be a little bit slim this year in Georgia.
Severe draught conditions have led to a peanut crop that will likely yield a little more than half the average collection.
Which in turn, could lead to higher prices for peanut products for consumers.
Don Koehler of the Georgia Peanut Commission says to expect to see close to a 30% increase in the price things like peanut butter.
Warbington Farms in Dooly county has noticed the shortage their harvest. Most of their fields yield around one ton of peanuts. This year, many of their fields have only produced 400 to 950 pounds on average.
"In the years when you have severe stress like we're having now, it's not uncommon. And it's probably as bad as I've seen it in a long time," Teel Warbington says.
Warbington says, not only does the draught create a smaller crop, the dry weather also causes a type of mold to develop on the peanuts. That mold makes the peanuts uneditable, therefore creating an even larger amount that cannot be used.
"It's just been a difficult year to produce," Warbington says.
Many of the fields on the Warbington's farm, have only had two to three inches of rain fall on them this year. In order for a full peanut crop to grow, the plant needs nearly two inches of rain per week.
Ed Rodriguez is resigning as the head of the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce. Rodriguez has been the President and CEO of the chamber since 2007.
Rodriguez will become the President and CEO of the Alabama Coast Chamber of Commerce.
His last day will be October 28th.
A Senior Advisory Committee will be in charge of finding a replacement. The group has not met yet, but according to Rodriguez, the group will meet soon.
Rodriguez calls this decision bittersweet, but says he is confident the chamber will be left in good hands. He says in his last four years as the head of the chamber one of the things he is happiest about is helping create the non-profit organization-Robins Regional Education Foundation.
Step inside the doors of a hospital, it could be almost any one in the world, and you will likely see the same thing inside each one; a gift shop.
Whether the time calls for a celebration for the birth of a newborn, or the death of a loved one requires a floral arrangement for sympathy, the hospital gift shop is usually the first stop.
But the Pink Bow Gift Shop inside Oconee Regional Medical Center in Milledgeville, boasts a little bit more than just having what's needed for life's events.
They've got Pink Lady volunteers like Edith Hunter, Diane Sargent, Sally Flood, and Miggs Thompson.
The lady volunteers run the Pink Bow Gift Shop behind the counter, on the floor, and in the back room ordering more supplies.
Edith, has been volunteering at Pink Bow for 30 years.
"I like the people, I like the friendships, I like helping the hospital, and I like getting out," Edith says.
Sally has put 24 years of volunteering into the gift shop.
"It's a nice thing to be able to do something for the community," Sally explains. "I'm a widow, so this is kind of my second home. People know to call me and they'll find me over here."
The ladies aren't competing to see who can volunteer the longest at the gift shop, most say they just can't seem to leave once they start helping out. But if there were to be a competition, Miggs Thompson, would take home the prize.
Miggs is still helping the shop after 34 years of service. One of her primary roles is to train all the rookies as they come in to help.
"I don't call it work. It's a pleasure to be here," Miggs says of her role.
She also explains some of the changes she's seen since she started her mission at the Pink Bow.
"When we were in the old building, we had...behind the cash register...a big shelf with every kind of cigarette you could buy. 15 cents a package!"
With the ladies help, the gift shop has raised more than a million dollars in profits. All of which, goes directly back into the hospital. The gift shop money has allowed the cancer center to purchase new equipment for breast cancer detection.
A number the women are proud to display, even more than the number of years they've committed.
"It's just a joy to be here, just a joy," Miggs says. "That's all I'm going to say."
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