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Report: Georgia farmers get more trade war subsidies than other states

Farmers in Georgia and other southern states received more money per acre in trade war subsidies with Georgia getting the most at more than $50 per acre, according to a report by U.S. Senate Democrats.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture administers the Market Facilitation Program to help farmers affected by trade disputes. The five states receiving the most money are from the South.

The report also states that wealthy farmers benefited more than small farms.

“Instead of taking steps to support small and beginning operations, USDA doubled the payment limit for row crops payments from $125,000 to $250,000,” the report states.

Senate study committee on school athletics schedules final meeting

The Senate Athletic Association Study Committee will hold one final meeting to discuss funding for the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Coverdell Legislative Office Building.

The GHSA is a nonprofit tasked with coordinating sporting events for Georgia’s high schools. The organization recently reclassified some high schools and put them in regions. Three high schools, Calhoun, Woodward Academy and Blessed Trinity, appealed the changes for their schools but were denied.

The study committee is specifically looking at “whether a nonprofit organization should be designated in this state to provide for the organizing, sanctioning, and scheduling for interscholastic high school athletic events,” according to Senate Resolution 304, which authorized the study committee.

The committee is expected to release its findings before Dec. 1.

Professional esports team coming to Atlanta

Cox Enterprises and Province, Inc., are bringing the first professional esports team to Atlanta. The companies announced the headquarters for the Atlanta Reign will be in Midtown Atlanta. The companies are expected to invest $100,000 and create 45 new jobs.

“Atlanta is quickly becoming a hub for esports in the United States, and this announcement speaks to the strength of Georgia’s vibrant tech and entertainment industries,” Gov. Brian Kemp said.

Atlanta will also be the home for a Call of Duty esports team, Atlanta FaZe.

Georgia’s video gaming industry makes a $750 million economic impact each year, according to Dr. Eloisa Klementich, president and CEO of Invest Atlanta.

GA DOT officials routing around the Eastern Hellbender

Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) officials say they are keeping an eye on a giant salamander that may soon be considered an endangered species.

The Easter Hellbender hide under rocks in rivers and creeks and are often not seen. But hellbenders can alert environmentalist to the quality of a stream, Chris Goodson, Ecology Section Manager in Georgia DOT’s Office of Environmental Services, said in a story published on the department’s website.

“It’s imperative that hellbenders have a stream clear of pollution and sedimentation to survive,” Goodson said. “The department works in accordance with numerous environmental laws, rules and regulations to avoid or minimize harm to the environment and protected species on GDOT property or right of way.”