• Agricultural UAVs Will Hit Skies This Spring

    January 28, 2015

    For years, farmers have been hearing that unmanned aerial vehicles will revolutionize precision agriculture and wondered when they might actually see one scouting fields in their area. The answer is: This year.

  • Four Brothers Reunite to Study at ABAC

    January 27, 2015

    When the Lineberger brothers were born nearly 20 years ago, it was big news in their rural hometown. Twenty years later, the four surviving quintuplets are back together, attending Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Ga., at the same time.

  • Major Fruit Pest Hates Heights

    January 26, 2015

    Researchers have found a weakness in the pest that is decimating the Florida citrus industry. They just aren’t sure how to take advantage of it. In less than a decade, the Asian citrus psyllid has spread throughout Florida, destroying half the orange groves in the state, and spread to Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina, as well as Texas and Arizona. Growers in California, where a case was found in 2012, are vigilantly trying to keep the disease out.

  • Ga.-Fla. Water Suit Flowing Along in Supreme Court

    January 23, 2015

    A dispute over water flowing from Georgia into Florida may be making its way through the U.S. Supreme Court faster than expected. Georgia responded this month – weeks before the deadline – to a Florida lawsuit that complains Atlanta suburbs and Southwest Georgia farms are taking too much water from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basins.

  • Wildlife Research Could Reveal Wily Coyote’s Secrets

    January 22, 2015

    For centuries, people have thought of coyotes as wily little creatures. And the coyotes in the Southeast seem to be even wilier than their cousins out west. A two-year research project across Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina may reveal some of the coyote’s secrets.

  • Appeals Court Takes Up Sweet Onion Case

    January 21, 2015

    The Georgia Court of Appeals soon will decide whether the commissioner of agriculture has the authority to set the earliest date that growers can ship the state’s famed Vidalia onion.

  • The Future Farmstead Only a Few Weeks Away

    January 20, 2015

    Anyone who has ever built a house knows that the last few details seem to take the longest. But workers are getting close to putting the final touches on a farmhouse of the future – the Future Farmstead – at the University of Georgia’s Tifton campus.

  • Peanut Show Draws Bumper Crowd

    January 16, 2015

    Luke Findley grows cotton, not peanuts. In fact, none of the farmers in his area grow peanuts, he says. Still, Findley – a cotton farmer from New South Wales, Australia – took the morning off from his tour of U.S. farms to drop in on the annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference on Thursday.

  • Georgia Farmer Wins National Award for Cooking Oil

    January 15, 2015

    A Georgia farmer took home a coveted Good Food Award in the oils category this week. Oliver Farm Pecan Oil was recognized Thursday at the Good Food Award ceremony in San Francisco. Since he started pressing food oils in 2012, Clay Oliver has expanded to produce cooking oils from sunflower, pecan and peanuts from the family homestead near Pitts, Ga.

  • Powerful Groups Pushing for Trade with Cuba

    January 14, 2015

    Open trade with Cuba would create huge opportunities – and some challenges – for producers in his state, predicts ag economist William Messina. But many commodities already have a booming market in Cuba.

  • State Welcomes New Poultry Lab

    January 13, 2015

    The country’s leading poultry state dedicated a new state-of-the-art lab on Friday, replacing a nearly 50-year-old facility. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black were on hand to cut the ribbon for the new Georgia Poultry Laboratory in Gainesville.

  • Cold Weather is Effective Weapon Against Pests in Stored Grain

    January 12, 2015

    Winter is a time for grain growers to relax a little knowing that the warm-weather crop is in the bin and planting for another is still several weeks away. But this also is the time of year to take advantage of the cool temperatures that Mother Nature offers to knock back any pests or disease that would steal the quality of the grain.

  • Are Low Fuel Prices Bad News for Corn Producers?

    January 09, 2015

    As farmers revel in one bit of good news starting out 2015 – low diesel prices – some are wondering whether the low cost of fuel might make ethanol less profitable and further depress corn prices.

  • Company Granted Exemption to Use Drone for Field Scouting

    January 08, 2015

    A tiny Idaho company has gotten permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly drones commercially, the first time a company applied for a permit solely for the purpose of scouting farm land.

  • Diet Guidelines May Suggest Less Meat for Sustainability

    January 07, 2015

    Should the federal government discourage people from eating red meat in order to promote environmental sustainability? That’s the big question as the panel that crafts Americans’ idea of a healthy diet prepares to update the guidelines.

  • Ag Forecast to Provide Georgia Farmers Outlook for Upcoming Season

    January 06, 2015

    University of Georgia agricultural experts will give a forecast of agriculture in the coming year at a series of events set across the state in January. The new year looks bright for Georgia livestock producers, but not for many row crop farmers.

  • Farmer Profile: Family Fruit Farm Brings Schmuhl Back to Farming

    January 05, 2015

    Kimberly Schmuhl started sorting through strawberries when she was so little, she had to stand on a crate to see over the countertop. Twenty years later, she still works on her family’s Michigan fruit farm.

  • USDA: Most Farms are Family-Owned

    December 29, 2014

    The vast majority of farms in the United States are run by families. Most U.S. farms—97 percent in 2011—are family operations, according to a new study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and even the largest farms mostly are run by families.

  • Make the Most of Farm Marketing Programs

    December 22, 2014

    Jan Costa started his business five years ago at a single farmer’s market. Today, Florida Fresh Meat Company in Ocala provides grass-fed beef, pasture-raised pork, lamb, goat, chicken, duck – even farm-raised gator – to homes and restaurants across the central part of north Florida. The little company will do $1 million in business this year and will open a new 8,000-square-foot processing center.

  • Cuba Trade Could Benefit Poultry, Rice

    December 19, 2014

    Agriculture could be one of the first industries to benefit from normalized relations with Cuba, particularly the Southeast’s rice and poultry sectors, according to experts and the island nation’s past imports.