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ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black have signed an executive order prohibiting propane providers from price gouging.

In a statement Monday, Deal said recent cold weather has led to a spike in the demand for propane - which has translated to a substantial price increase in the past few days.

Much of the state is under a winter storm watch, with some areas expecting up to 3 inches of snow as another round of artic weather moves into the region on Tuesday.

Black says farmers of livestock and poultry and food processing companies depend on propane gas to continue business. Black says that he and Deal are "doing everything possible to work with the propane suppliers and agribusinesses to meet the challenges we are currently facing."