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Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy Easter.
04/12/2020

Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy Easter.

03/19/2020
Andersonville Civil War Village

Andersonville Civil War Village

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, and volunteers are very important to us. The Andersonville Welcome Center and the Drummer Boy Civil War Museum is making a concerted effort to reduce the impact of COVID-19. To follow the recommendations by health organizations and our leaders, we have decided to close the Andersonville Welcome Center and the Drummer Boy Civil War Museum for the next two weeks starting March 20th. Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, Pioneer Farm grounds, and Easterlin Bandstand restrooms will remain open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Our staff will report to work, unless they are ill, to help answer the phones, handle email, Internet inquiries or the Andersonville RV Park.
Please note that at this time there are two eateries still open in the town of Andersonville. Mama’s Kitchen is open from 8 a.m. till 3 p.m. and Easterlin Country Store is open 10 a.m. till 3 p.m.
We thank you for your patience during this time of crisis.

Stop Georgia House Bill 545!!  Call Your Senators!!
03/10/2020

Stop Georgia House Bill 545!! Call Your Senators!!

FYI!! STOP GEORGIA HOUSE BILL 545

To the Editor,
I live on, and farm, the land my grandfather bought in 1905. About 1957, the Mormon Church, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, bought thousands of acres in southeastern Sumter County, about three miles from my home. They established Deseret Farms on this land and operated it as a 40,000 head cattle feeding enterprise. A feed mill was installed and over a mile of railroad tracks were laid to ship cattle in and out and to ship corn in from the Midwest. Hundreds of yards of feed troughs were put in place. Thousands of steers were brought in to be fattened for sale. Over the next few years, the smell and the flies became a problem. It was a terrible nuisance until the operation closed and the land sold about 1981.
Since then the public has been protected from this type of nuisance by the Right to Farm Law. Now H.B. 545 is before the Georgia State Senate. This bill would greatly reduce the protection provided by existing law. Unfortunately, the Georgia Farm Bureau and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, both of which I am a member, are supporting H.B. 545. They are ignoring the wishes of thousands of family farmers and landowners. Nobody wants a huge cattle feeding operation or a corporate hog producing enterprise in their backyard without the protection provided by existing law.
If you share this concern, contact your state senator and urge him or her to oppose H.B. 545.

Robert A. Clay
3029 New York Road
DeSoto, GA 31743
Ph 229-874-4485

CALL YOUR SENATORS!!!!!

Senator John Albers
(404) 463-8055
(678) 667-3656
[email protected]

Senator Marty Harbin
(404) 656-0078
[email protected]

Senator Burt Jones
(770) 775-4880
(770) 234-6752
[email protected]

Senator P.K. Martin
(404) 463-6598
770-378-2102
[email protected]

Senator Brian Strickland
(404) 656-7454
[email protected]

Senator Carden Summers
(229) 938*5800
(770) 234-6752
[email protected]

Call Your Senators!!  Tell them to say NO on HB 545!!!
03/05/2020

Call Your Senators!! Tell them to say NO on HB 545!!!

FYI!! Call Your Georgia Senators and Tell Them to Say NO on HB 545

Georgia Farmer: Make No Mistake, House Bill 545 Is Just Like Taking Our Guns

I am a Georgia farmer, the wife of a Georgia farmer, the mother of Georgia farmers, the daughter, granddaughter, and great granddaughter of Georgia farmers as well as the grandmother of future Georgia farmers. I farm land that my family obtained from service in two wars, and my sons farm land that has been in their father’s family since the early 1800s.

I am not a radical environmentalist or an ambulance chasing trial lawyer. I am a constitutional conservative who believes in individual rights, like the right to bear arms and the right to protect one’s property. This is why I strongly oppose House Bill 545 and support the existing Right to Farm Law that has worked well for more than 30 years.

HB 545 violates the Georgia Bill of Rights which states that “protection to person and property is the paramount duty of government and shall be impartial and complete.” HB 545 favors new large industrial livestock operations over current row crop and orchard farmers and other rural landowners.

HB 545 favors these operations by taking away the right of farmers and rural landowners to take action to stop damage to their farms and quality of life caused by these new operations when corporations push them to expand over several years from a few hundred to tens of thousands of animals, a size which often makes life miserable for those that were there first (Line 109).

All farmers should ask themselves why these new operations can’t play by the same set of rules that we have for more than 30 years under the current Right to Farm Law? The answer is that they often can’t without causing serious damage so they are trying to change the current Right to Farm Law, which is more equitable than HB 545.

The corporate lobbyists pushing HB 545 are quick to say that the bill does not apply to operations that break laws or rules set by the EPA and USDA. They fail to mention that the current Right to Farm Law already has this protection. They also fail to mention is that the EPA and USDA do a bad job enforcing the laws and rules against these operations.

I am a strong supporter of our right to “keep and bear arms” so we can defend ourselves when someone seeks to harm us and the government can’t or won’t protect us. Like the right to keep and bear arms, we need the right to defend our farms and quality of life by filing a case to stop a nuisance when one of these new operations starts doing us harm and the EPA and USDA can’t or won’t protect us.

HB 545 will take away this right and is just like taking away our guns. Most people that exercise this right do so as a last resort to protect their properties and quality of life, not for a big payday, just like most people that exercise their right to bear arms to protect themselves do so as last resort. HB 545 also takes away the provisions of the current Right to Farm Law that protect farmers from urban sprawl (Lines 70-82).

HB 545 is part of a national effort by Farm Bureau Insurance Companies to trick and dupe farmers and legislators into changing existing Right to Farm Laws to help insulate insurance companies from the damage caused by large concentrated animal feeding operations. Farmers in Utah and Wisconsin have already wised up and defeated these bills, but HB 545 is still alive in Georgia.

It saddens me to think of how people will view farmers like me when these operations hurt many of their neighbors (like the Chinese-owned hog operations in North Carolina) and they realize that their property rights have been taken from them. Farmers will be viewed as the enemy, while large insurance companies and large industrial livestock corporations will have the immunity that they desire.

I am fighting HB 545 to ensure that my grandchildren can continue to farm, hunt, and fish on my family’s farm that has been in our family since the early 1800's. I want my grandchildren to have the right to protect the farm from new operations and large industrial livestock operations if and when they seriously damage and devalue the farm.

Don’t let insurance companies and corporate lobbyists take away your rights to protect yourselves and your farms and properties! Please read HB 545 and the current Right to Farm Law, and then call and email your state senators and representatives and ask them to vote no on HB 545 and protect the current Right to Farm Law. Please heed this call to arms!

Marjie McRee, Smithville, Georgia

02/28/2020
Andersonville Civil War Village

People of Georgia! It seems the conglomerates are trying to pin our fight against HB 545 on the environmentalists. This not about being a crop farmer. This is about big business (CAFOs). This is about large lagoons full of animal waste getting into our streams, and eventually our groundwater. This is about the ripple effect of money buying its way through the governmental process with propaganda and lies.
Know that we are not environmentalists, we are regular people, who farm, own land and want it to be unspoiled for our future generations.
Farm Bureau is nothing more than a big business, that is lobbying for more big businesses to come to this state. It and other organizations (Cattlemen’s association, and National Pork Producers Council) are selling Georgia’s resources to the highest bidder.
Please share this post with everyone you know in Georgia. Have them call their Senators to stop HB 545. Big Business is pushing this bill through the Senate saying we are environmentalists dictating to farmers what to grow and how to grow it. That is not the truth!
If you are involved in the production of cotton, peanuts, pecans, blueberries, peaches, tomatoes, apples, timber, onions, turfgrass, ornamentals, specialty crops, or the countless other food and fiber items we grow in this state, this is NOT about your farm.
Check out the video of what happened in Duplin, North Carolina.
https://youtu.be/QqXxwYEkF1s

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Senators’ paramount duty is to protect citizens
By Jenny Crisp Lee County, Ga. Feb 22, 2020


For decades, I have been a Georgia farmer, both as a cattle farmer and as a tree farmer in middle and southwest Georgia. For generations, my family has served the good farmers and rural landowners of middle and southwest Georgia. In fact, Crisp County is named after my great-great-grandfather, Charles F. Crisp, a Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and my great-grandfather was a local judge and farmer; and my grandfather was solicitor general. As a Crisp and a farmer, I feel compelled to follow in my ancestors’ footsteps and speak out against House Bill 545, a bill which the State Senate will vote on very soon and which, despite being pushed by Georgia Farm Bureau, is actually bad for my fellow farmers and rural landowners.

HB 545 will weaken the current Right to Farm Law, which does a fine job protecting farmers, while also taking away property rights that Georgia farmers and rural landowners have had since before the time of my great-great-grandfather. For more than 150 years, existing farmers and rural landowners have had the right to bring a case to stop a nuisance created by a big agricultural operation that moves next door and seriously damages their properties or quality of life within 4 years of the damage. HB 545 throws out this ancient property right by taking away the right to stop the nuisance if it does not start within 2 years of the operation moving in, no matter how much damage the operation eventually causes. For example, when a big hog or cattle waste lagoon operation moves in and after a few years starts giving off noxious odors, swarms of flies, and polluted water, the existing farmers and rural will lose their best and ancient right to stop the nuisance.

In pushing this bill, Georgia Farm Bureau is siding with big agricultural corporations like big hog and cattle waste lagoon operators, while forgetting about the local farmers and rural landowners that built Farm Bureau. HB 545 gives these big corporations the “Right to Harm” small or existing farmers and rural landowners throughout Georgia. The Constitution of the State of Georgia states that it is the “paramount duty” of the legislature to impartially protect all citizens and property owners. HB 545 would be a dereliction of this duty because it favors the rights of big agricultural corporations at the expense of small or existing farmers and rural landowners.

Jenny Crisp

Lee County, Ga.

https://youtu.be/ayGJ1YSfDXs

02/25/2020
Andersonville Civil War Village

Please Call Your Senators and say no to HB545.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Senators’ paramount duty is to protect citizens
By Jenny Crisp Lee County, Ga. Feb 22, 2020


For decades, I have been a Georgia farmer, both as a cattle farmer and as a tree farmer in middle and southwest Georgia. For generations, my family has served the good farmers and rural landowners of middle and southwest Georgia. In fact, Crisp County is named after my great-great-grandfather, Charles F. Crisp, a Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and my great-grandfather was a local judge and farmer; and my grandfather was solicitor general. As a Crisp and a farmer, I feel compelled to follow in my ancestors’ footsteps and speak out against House Bill 545, a bill which the State Senate will vote on very soon and which, despite being pushed by Georgia Farm Bureau, is actually bad for my fellow farmers and rural landowners.

HB 545 will weaken the current Right to Farm Law, which does a fine job protecting farmers, while also taking away property rights that Georgia farmers and rural landowners have had since before the time of my great-great-grandfather. For more than 150 years, existing farmers and rural landowners have had the right to bring a case to stop a nuisance created by a big agricultural operation that moves next door and seriously damages their properties or quality of life within 4 years of the damage. HB 545 throws out this ancient property right by taking away the right to stop the nuisance if it does not start within 2 years of the operation moving in, no matter how much damage the operation eventually causes. For example, when a big hog or cattle waste lagoon operation moves in and after a few years starts giving off noxious odors, swarms of flies, and polluted water, the existing farmers and rural will lose their best and ancient right to stop the nuisance.

In pushing this bill, Georgia Farm Bureau is siding with big agricultural corporations like big hog and cattle waste lagoon operators, while forgetting about the local farmers and rural landowners that built Farm Bureau. HB 545 gives these big corporations the “Right to Harm” small or existing farmers and rural landowners throughout Georgia. The Constitution of the State of Georgia states that it is the “paramount duty” of the legislature to impartially protect all citizens and property owners. HB 545 would be a dereliction of this duty because it favors the rights of big agricultural corporations at the expense of small or existing farmers and rural landowners.

Jenny Crisp

Lee County, Ga.

https://youtu.be/ayGJ1YSfDXs

02/18/2020
www.senate.ga.gov

If you love the state of Georgia and your clean water resources here, you need to look at this and CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS TO VOTE AGAINST HB 545. Sadly, enough this bill is being pushed by the Georgia Farm Bureau regardless of what this will do to our communities and our natural resources.
This is part of the information that was taken from an article on NC Policy Watch posted by Lisa Sorg on 2/3/2020.
Last Friday morning in Richmond, Va., midway through oral arguments in the hog nuisance lawsuit of McKiver v. Murphy-Brown, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III removed his glasses and briefly rested his cheek on his hand, as if burdened by the content of thousands of pages of case documents he had read.
“What troubled me as I looked at the complaint and at trial [transcripts],” Wilkinson began, comments that in retrospect, were stunning for their empathy. “Yes, the hog farming certainly provides many jobs in eastern North Carolina. It’s important to the economy and national food supply. But it’s harmful to the people who live nearby. It’s got to be environmentally harmful to the waterways. Nobody wants another Flint, Michigan. It can’t be good for children’s respiratory systems.”
He looked to the back of the packed courtroom, where on one side of the aisle assembled several lawyers, hog farmers, including farmer Joey Carter and members of the N.C. Farm Bureau and N.C. Pork Council had assembled; and on the other, environmental advocates, more lawyers and Elsie Herring of Duplin County, one of 500 plaintiffs suing the world’s largest pork producer for nuisance.
Wilkinson went on: “And the inhumanity to the animals and the fatality rate. Some people may think [pigs] are ugly and they can treat them the way they want. If this were my property I’d be outraged at some of these conditions that were allowed to persist. Less fortunate citizens have property rights, too. They have a right to good health and enjoyment of their property. If this were some McMansion surrounding hog farming operations, or houses of the affluent and more politically powerful were here, wouldn’t these conditions have been cleared up sooner rather than later? That is my problem.”
That has been the plaintiffs’ central if tacit, point for the nearly six years since the nuisance suits were originally filed in federal district court. All of the plaintiffs are modest of means, politically disadvantaged and Black. They have had to fight and overcome centuries of discrimination to own and keep their land.
And the plaintiffs’ enjoyment of their property, as well as its value, have been harmed by Murphy-Brown’s industrialized hog operations, five juries have determined. The company is responsible for the flies and stench emanating from the spray fields and the open-air pits of feces and urine; the truck traffic rolling by homes in the middle of the night; the buzzards that flock to rotting carcasses in the dead boxes.
Lanier Farm in Jones County had at least a six-year history of flagrantly violating the terms of its permit, according to state records. Murphy-Brown knew of the violations, and over time, even sent company representatives to the farm.
Finally, in 2018, after Lanier discharged more than one million gallons of feces and manure into a tributary of the Trent River — and tried to mislead state investigators about its misconduct — Murphy-Brown, facing Clean Water Act violations, pulled the pigs from Lanier.

Senator Greg Kirk our representative was going to vote no on this HB 545. Now that his seat is open until the run-off between Summers and Quinn, we have no representation for this part of Georgia. Some State of Georgia Legislators are trying to rush this bill through. Call Your Legislators and have them vote NO!! on HB545

If you would like to read the whole article, please visit this link.
http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2020/02/03/a-federal-appeals-court-judges-remarkable-speech-is-the-latest-surprise-in-ncs-hog-nuisance-lawsuits/print/

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Surprised to see there weren't any posts about the activities in Andersonville over the weekend.