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Bill Brim is a farmer who says he loves his vegetables. He points to dozens of varieties he’s grown as he walks through rows of plants at his farm, Lewis Taylor Farms, in Tifton, Georgia.

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“I can be a vegetarian real easily,” he says. “I do like my bacon every once in a while though,” he adds after a pause, laughing.

The produce Brim grows on his 5,000-acre farm is picked by hand. Every year, he hires about 500 people through a temporary guest worker program, called H-2A. 

Rainy June Hurts Georgia's Watermelon Harvest

Aug 9, 2017
David Goldman / Associated Press

Increased rainfall in June put a damper on Georgia's watermelon crop. Farmers had a hard time dealing with disease to their plants this summer caused by an abundance of rain. 

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"The majority of plant pathogens that we encounter are spread through rain splash – or through if there's standing water that moves through a field – a lot of these pests are exacerbated when there's a lot of rain,” said Coolong, a vegetable horticulturist with the UGA Extension in Tifton, Georgia.

Wetter, Cooler June A Boost for Georgia's Farmers

Jul 11, 2017
Todd Stone / Associated Press

June's wetter and slightly cooler weather is boosting optimism for Georgia peanut, cotton and corn growers. Andy Lucas, program specialist with the Georgia Farm Bureau, said crops in the ground are off to a great start.

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Abundant Rain 'Great News' For Georgia Farmers

Jun 23, 2017
Todd Stone / Associated Press

Georgia farmers are hoping this month's plentiful rains help bring a bountiful harvest.

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University of Georgia agricultural economist Pam Knox said growers are very pleased with the lower irrigation costs.

“This has been great news for the farmers, and it really saves them a lot of money with pumping because they don't have to pay for the diesel, or whatever they're using, to pump,” Knox said.

Seth Perlman / Associated Press

President Donald Trump is directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to revisit a regulation on clean water.

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The Obama-era rule, known both as the Clean Water Rule and "Waters of the United States," was intended to clarify what bodies of water are protected by the Clean Water Act: Big rivers are, but what about creeks that feed into them, or streams that go dry part of the year, or wetlands? The rule would have protected those too.