Features

  • Workshops Planned for Producers, Vets to Study Animal Feed Rule

    July 31, 2015

    By the end of next year, livestock producers will only be able to deliver antibiotics in feed if they have a veterinarian’s prescription. And feed manufacturers will be limited in the claims that they can make about how an antibiotic will improve feeding efficiency or improve weight gain.

  • James Lyles Named 2015 Georgia Farmer of the Year

    July 30, 2015

    On his Northwest Georgia farm, James Lyles is building new chicken houses, moving beef cattle daily and harvesting and selling top quality hay.

  • Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Visits Home, Talks South Georgia Cattle

    July 29, 2015

    As a native Georgian, it is always a treat to go back home and see what’s happening on my family farm as well as the farms of my neighbors. Today I had the pleasure of meeting Jean Oliver, a dedicated mother, daughter and cattle farmer.

  • Agroforestry is More Than Growing Trees for Money

    July 28, 2015

    Forty years ago, agroforestry became a hot topic for some farmers and researchers. How, they asked, can farming and forestry be used together to be more productive and protect the environment?

  • Preparing for Avian Flu, USDA Has Vaccine for Chickens

    July 27, 2015

    It’s not a question whether avian influenza will spread this fall. The questions are when the outbreak will begin and how prepared the industry will be to fight the disease.

  • Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. Corn Farmers May Sue Syngenta

    July 24, 2015

    More than 100,000 corn farmers – nearly one-fourth of all corn farmers in the U.S. – are expected to file suit against Syngenta for billions in losses that occurred in 2013-14 when corn prices plummeted, according to Mikal C. Watts, one of the attorneys representing farmers.

  • Study Puts Price on How Much Drones Could Save Farmers

    July 23, 2015

    One of the toughest questions a farmer can ask a service provider – and a question he’s almost sure to ask – is what the payback will be on his investment. A report by American Farm Bureau and Measure, a drone service provider, has put some of the first numbers on how much a farmer will save by scouting his crop from the air.

  • USDA Holding Meetings about Marketing Order for Pecans

    July 22, 2015

    People love to snack on pecans whether they are raw or roasted, cooked into a confection or swirled into butter pecan ice cream. So, why do consumers gobble up 10 times as many almonds?

  • Network Giving Farmers Power Over Big Data

    July 21, 2015

    Some 20 years ago, Illinois farmer Steve Pitstick began to think that all the data he was collecting about yields, seed performance and other factors might be a goldmine in terms of helping him become a more efficient, profitable farmer.

  • UGA Ag Dean Scott Angle Leaving for Anti-Hunger Job

    July 20, 2015

    Friends and colleagues at first were surprised and sad to hear that University of Georgia Agriculture Dean J. Scott Angle plans to leave the college after more than a decade to go to work for an organization that fights global hunger.

  • UGA Cooperative Extension Agronomist Stresses PGR Use for Georgia Cotton Farmers

    July 17, 2015

    A University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agronomist says managing vegetative growth is key for cotton farmers. Yields and profits may be at risk without the use of plant growth regulators (PGRs). A PGR is chemical compound that limits the vegetative growth of a plant -- in this case, cotton.

  • Senator Worries Monsanto Will Leave U.S.

    July 16, 2015

    Is Monsanto trying to leave the U.S.? U.S. Senator Dick Durbin thinks so. The Democrat from Illinois met with Hugh Grant, the chief operating officer of St. Louis-based Monsanto this week, urging the agrochemical giant to keep a U.S. headquarters, even if a deal goes through to acquire rival Syngenta.

  • Georgia 4-H'ers Test Their Engineering Skills with Underwater Robots

    July 15, 2015

    Pipe insulators, check. Fishing weights, check. PVC pipe, check. That’s all it took for about 50 fourth- and fifth-grade campers at Rock Eagle 4-H Center to turn a set of water-proof electric motors into fully operational underwater robots — well that, and some solid engineering principles and a heavy dose of curiosity.

  • House Ag Committee Takes Up GM Labeling Bill

    July 13, 2015

    The House Agriculture Committee will take up a bill this week that would create a national – but voluntary – system of labels for foods that contain ingredients from genetically-engineered crops. More importantly, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would prevent states from passing their own mandatory labeling laws for genetically modified — or GMO — foods.

  • Reinke Thwarting Thieves, Keeping Span Cables in Place

    July 10, 2015

    When a metal thief strikes a pivot, he’s not just stealing metal. He’s stealing yield. The time and productivity lost to theft can never be replaced, so Reinke is working to stay ahead of thieves.

  • Labor Consultants Take Stress Out of Dairy Staffing

    July 09, 2015

    F. Brandon Mallory didn’t intend to go into agriculture, let alone specialize in farm labor. He planned to become a veterinarian and studied agriculture at Ohio State University as a way to get into the vet school program. “I didn’t grow up on a farm, didn’t plan to go into agriculture. But I started out in the College of Agriculture (at Ohio State) and that was the beginning of my interest,” said Mallory, who owns Agri-Placement Services, a human resources management company for dairies.

  • Rumors of Southern Pine Deaths Have Been Exaggerated, UGA Researchers Say

    July 08, 2015

    Researchers at the University of Georgia have a message for Southern tree farmers worried about unexplainable pine tree deaths: Don't panic. A new study published in Forest Ecology and Management analyzed growth in thousands of pine tree plots across the Southeast and indicates that "southern pine decline" isn't happening on a large scale.

  • New Study Gives Insight into Skills Agribusinesses Want

    July 07, 2015

    Employers who hire professionals in agriculture-related fields are looking for many of the same skills today that they wanted in college graduates 30 years ago: The ability to communicate and work well with others.

  • Ag-Pro Expands Again, But Stays ‘Strong on Service’

    July 06, 2015

    Ag-Pro is one of the largest John Deere dealers in the world with locations dotting the Southeastern United States. But even after adding several new stores in Texas last week, Ag-Pro leaders seem more focused on talking about each individual customer than they do in bragging about the size of the company.

  • Farmers Plant Fewest Cotton Acres Since Early 1980s

    July 02, 2015

    If projections hold true, 2015 could see the fewest cotton acres since 1983. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the June acreage report on Tuesday, which showed farmers planted just 8.85 million acres of upland cotton this year, down 18 percent from 2014.

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