Outlook for poultry industry; area lawmakers among those targeting adult websites, state’s libraries

*A specialist in international trade and agriculture policy at the University of Georgia says beef prices will likely continue to rise this year and that’s good for Georgia’s poultry industry. Gopinath Munisamy, in his annual agricultural forecast, also said it should be a good year for peanuts and cotton. And what can consumers expect? He says it’s a mixed bag. Higher prices for dining out, but lower prices for food eaten at home.

*A group of state lawmakers, including one from our area, think Georgians should be required to prove their age before logging onto an adult website. Rep. Brent Cox (R-Dawsonville) is one of six sponsors of the measure. You read a copy of the bill here: Georgia General Assembly – HB 910 (ga.gov)

*Several other members of the legislature from our area are among another group of lawmakers targeting the state’s libraries – specifically those that are members of the American Library Association. The AJC reports that “nearly two dozen” GOP members of the state Senate have signed onto a bill that would ban government funding for libraries that are affiliated with the national organization, alleging that it promotes Marxism. The 22 sponsors of the bill include Greg Dolezal of Cumming, Clint Dixon of Buford, and Steve Gooch of Dahlonega. You can read a copy of that bill here: C:\Pdf\221694.wpd (ga.gov)