Passing of Senator Isakson and Gas Prices Continue to Drop
**Long-time U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, a staunch advocate for Georgia agriculture throughout his 43-year legislative career, died on December 19th. He was 76.
According to the www.gfb.org Isakson, who received the 2020
Georgia Farm Bureau Commodity Award, was a nine-time recipient of the Friend of Farm Bureau Award given by the American Farm Bureau Federation to members of Congress who vote in agreement with Farm Bureau on bills affecting agriculture.
**The nation's average gas price declined for the sixth straight week, down 2.9 cents from a week ago at $3.30 per gallon.
The national average is down 11 cents from a month ago, but still $1.09 per gallon higher than a year ago.
The national average for diesel declined two cents in the last week and stands at $3.58 per gallon.
GasBuddy’s Patrick De Haan says, “The decline in gas prices will likely continue until new Covid cases slow down.”
**The EPA recently extended the expiration deadline for pesticide applicators certification plans.
The 2017 Certification of Pesticide Applicators final rule had set stronger standards for people who apply restricted-use pesticides and required authorities with existing certification plans to submit proposed modifications by March 4, 2020.
Existing certification plans remain in effect until EPA completes its reviews and approves the proposed plan modifications, or until those plans expire on March 4th.