Georgia growers ask for $1.5 million dollars to research a harmful fungus

Georgia pecan and peanut growers want federal money to find a fix for a crop fungus.

Growers are asking Congress for $1.5 million dollars to research aflatoxins. The fungus, found in soil, can infect the seeds and cut yields.

House Ag Committee member, Congressman Sandford Bishop visited scientists working to fight the fungus. Bishop shared his experience on social media, saying finding a solution is important because the crop not only benefits human health, but also the state’s economy.