Georgia Logging Requirements and Invest in Rural America Act
**As of July 1, Georgia counties are requiring loggers to notify their governments of timber harvests and must be registered with the online Timber Harvest Notification system at gatrees.org.
www.gfb.org reports, the legislation clarifies a myriad of conusing timber harvest notification requirements previously used.
Under Georgia House Bill 897, OCGA was updated, increasing fines for failure to comply from $500 to $1,500.
**The Investing in Rural America Act was introduced in the House of Representatives, and the Farm Credit Council is thankful.
FCC President Todd Van Hoose says, this legislation will spur the development of critical facilities in rural communities, like hospitals, childcare centers, and schools.
He also says the bill will facilitate partnerships between Farm Credit, community banks, and other lenders to provide much-needed capital.
**The USDA is accepting offers for nearly 2.7 million of the 4.6 million acres offered, from agricultural producers and private landowners in this year’s Grassland Conservation Reserve Program signup.
The working lands program allows producers and landowners to continue grazing and haying practices while protecting grasslands and furthering the CRP’s impacts.
Farm Service Administrator, Zach Ducheneaux says, this year’s signup demonstrates the continued popularity and success in voluntary, producer-led, working lands conservation programs.