Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin is asking the Georgia Petroleum Council to do what it can to help get more diesel fuel to the state’s farmers.

“Most farmers use what is called off-road diesel, a non-taxable fuel used only in farm machinery and irrigation equipment. We have had a few reports of farmers not getting enough of this due to the high demand caused by the drought,” said Commissioner Irvin.

“I have contacted the Georgia Petroleum Council to let the industry know our need and to encourage them to address it,” said Irvin. “It is unusual for farmers to have to do so much irrigating so early in the season. This has put a high demand on the current supply.”