Features

  • The Scoop on Poop: Litter Adds Value to Ga. Poultry

    March 05, 2015

    Claudia Dunkley’s colleagues at the University of Georgia help the state’s poultry farmers grow chickens more efficiently. Dunkley helps them handle one of the industry’s biggest, and often underappreciated, byproducts – chicken litter.

  • Lab Ensures Georgia Poultry is Healthy

    March 04, 2015

    Poultry producers in Georgia get a little shiver when they think about what would happen if one of their birds – or even a bird in their general area – tested positive for avian flu. It could mean euthanized flocks, bad publicity and weeks of lost production.

  • Study Refutes Claim that COOL Hurts Canadian Producers

    March 03, 2015

    Mandatory country-of-origin labeling for beef and other meats has not cost other countries the billions of dollars in lost business that they claim, according to an Auburn University professor’s analysis of almost 30 years’ worth of U.S. cattle import and price data.

  • Auburn Grad Takes Helm of Peanut Producers Group

    March 02, 2015

    When Caleb Bristow was a boy, he loved to hang out at his father’s peanut-buying point in Columbia, Ala. “When I was a kid, Daddy ran a buying point for Golden Peanut and that was a time I looked forward to each year,” said Bristow. “I got to take samples and check the moisture to see if the peanuts were dry coming out of the field or needed to go through the dryers before being graded.

  • Survival is the Theme for 2015

    February 27, 2015

    We all know 2015 is going to be a tight year. Bankers know this is on your mind. We are thinking about it, too. So what are your options to make it smoother?

  • Christian Farmers Share Good News with Walking Sticks

    February 26, 2015

    With some sort of winter weather predicted Wednesday afternoon, Walter Powell was leaving Cracker Barrel in Birmingham, Ala., hoping to get to Memphis, Tenn., before snow started to fall. It wasn’t great weather for a long drive, he agreed, but the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show was scheduled to start Friday, and he wanted to get there to hand out walking sticks.

  • Ag Students Begin to Study Drones as MTSU Adds Degree Program

    February 24, 2015

    In the next few years, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) will create high-paying jobs for around 70,000 Americans, many of them in agribusiness. And one of the first universities to turn out those young professionals will be Middle Tennessee State University, which launched a new UAS degree program this year.

  • Experts Give Tips to Prevent Yield Loss in Soybeans

    February 23, 2015

    Without a clear winner among commodities next year, many agriculture economists are predicting some growers will shift acres from corn and cotton to soybeans in 2015. While the USDA has projected that soybean acres will drop slightly in 2015, business and crop consultants expect soybean acreage will be much higher.

  • USDA: Farmers Will Plant Less Acres in 2015

    February 20, 2015

    U.S. farmers will plant less of … well, most everything, in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s acting chief economist. Robert Johansson’s comments on Thursday surprised some analysts, who have been predicting that growers would choose less expensive crops, but still plant as many acres as they did last year.

  • Controlling Invasive Species Takes Nationwide Effort

    February 19, 2015

    Next week is National Invasive Species Awareness Week, a time when weed and insect experts urge the public to be aware of the plants and insects that can take over a landscape and push out crops or native species.

  • UGA Extension Saving Georgia Farmers Time, Money with Mobile Meeting System

    February 18, 2015

    Georgia farmers will soon be able to receive agricultural information from the University of Georgia in a meeting format on their smart phones and other mobile devices. Through the Blackboard Collaborate app, growers will have the flexibility of receiving useful and timely information no matter where they are, even without leaving their fields.

  • FAA Proposes Rule to Allow Drones in Ag, Other Businesses

    February 17, 2015

    The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a set of guidelines that would allow small drones to be used in agriculture and other routine businesses. The federal government has allowed only a handful of companies to fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for commercial purposes until rules were set to protect people on the ground and in aircraft.

  • Family Dairy & Creamery Deliver Tasty Milk from Happy Cows

    February 16, 2015

    Scott Glover didn’t inherit a dairy, but he inherited a love for animals. This month, the Glovers started milking cows at their new dairy in North Georgia, a site will help show people how their milk begins in the field and winds up on their dinner table.

  • UGA Puts Cattle Farm on the Market

    February 13, 2015

    The University of Georgia will begin taking bids next month to sell a 865-acre cattle farm just east of Athens, one of the final steps in a plan to reorganize the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences’ properties near the main campus.

  • When Fire Cancels his Birthday Party, Boy Raises Money for Ag Museum

    February 12, 2015

    Ashland Clark loves the Mississippi Agriculture Museum and he loves mules. His friends and relatives all knew that – even before Ashland’s 10-year-old birthday party was cancelled due to a fire that gutted a popular part of the museum late last year.

  • UGA Surveying Landowners About Economic Damage Caused by Feral Swine

    February 11, 2015

    University of Georgia researchers are surveying landowners in Georgia to quantify the economic damage feral swine are causing the state. A new survey, “Feral Swine on Private Lands in Georgia,” has been mailed to 3,000 landowners across Georgia and is being conducted by professor Michael Mengak and students in UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.

  • Profile: Zurn Tells the Farmer’s Story

    February 09, 2015

    Karolyn Zurn didn’t grow up on a farm; she grew up in the suburbs of Southern California. But she visited rural Minnesota often, where she saw the life her relatives lived growing soybeans and other northern-grown crops. Turns out, farm living was the life for her.

  • Fraction of Farms Have Elected PLC/ARC

    February 06, 2015

    With only a few weeks remaining to sign up for crop support under the 2014 Farm Bill, only a fraction of eligible farmers have completed the process. But Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack isn’t worried, he said Thursday, as he and guests met with reporters to talk about the progress of the bill one year after it was passed.

  • In Tight Year, Hedge Your Input Costs

    February 05, 2015

    Smart farmers hedge their risks, guaranteeing that they’ll get a certain price for their crop even if the markets go haywire. But 2015 offers unique opportunities and challenges that aren’t always part of a tight year, according to Glen Arnold, a commodities broker who advises Southeastern farmers.

  • U.S. Cattle Herd Growing Again

    February 03, 2015

    The U.S. cattle herd grew in 2014 for the first time since 2007, according to the semiannual cattle report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday.

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