The language, however, was not included in the House version of the farm bill that lawmakers passed last week. It will be up to members of a House-Senate conference committee to determine whether the provision makes it into the final version of the must-pass agriculture legislation.
Agriculture is Georgia's largest industry, accounting for more than $75 billion in business and roughly 411,000 jobs in the state, according to the University of Georgia's Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, and specialty crops are a growing slice of that. Georgia now leads the country in blueberry production.
“Our farmers feed the world, and it’s essential that we do everything we can to anticipate challenges down the road and make sure our policies reflect the needs of our farmers for the long term,” Isakson said.
This story has been updated.