• El Niño Will Impact the Field

    April 17, 2015

    El Niño is here and it very likely will continue through the summer. Better prepare for it. Forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated the El Niño outlook this week, predicting that the climate pattern now has a 70% chance of continuing through the summer.

  • Tri-State Extension Program Helps Goat Producers

    April 16, 2015

    The demand for goat meat is growing in this country and likely will flourish as immigrants move and bring their cultural heritage with them, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Survey Could Help Peanut Producers Fight Burrowers

    April 15, 2015

    Burrowers seem to know that entomologist Mark Abney is out to get them. “We don’t know why burrow bugs occur where they do. As far as I know, we have never seen any in test plots, so it’s tough for us to know what practices work best for fighting them,” said Abney, an assistant professor of entomology and Extension specialist on the University of Georgia Peanut Team.

  • 1st Avian Flu Case Confirmed in U.S. Chicken Flock

    April 14, 2015

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed a case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a chicken flock, the first time the strain has infected commercial chickens in this country in more than 30 years.

  • California Drought Driving Interest in Southern Pecans

    April 13, 2015

    If anyone asked advice from Dan Zedan a few years ago, he’d tell him to go into almonds. Today, he’d say pecans. “It’s a great time to be in the pecan business,” he said. Zedan owns Nature’s Finest Foods, a company that specializes in marketing tree nuts. He’s watched over the past few years as consumers started to shift their habits – even if they didn’t realize it.

  • Study Looks into Microbes Carried by Feral Hogs

    April 10, 2015

    As if farmers needed another reason to hate feral hogs. Feral swine do millions of dollars in crop damage this time of year, rooting around in freshly planted fields and muddying up streams. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a grant to a Georgia microbiologist to find out what kind of damage wild pigs leave behind that we can’t see.

  • Cold Winter, Wet Spring Makes for Slow Start

    April 09, 2015

    A late freeze may not have done as much damage to flowering fruit as farmers first feared. Overnight lows in the 20s nipped early blueberry varieties and peaches, but don’t seem to have done massive damage to the overall crops.

  • AgGeorgia Farm Credit Distributes Nearly $13.5 Million to Members

    April 08, 2015

    Members of AgGeorgia Farm Credit’s cooperative will find some happy news in their mailboxes this month. The agricultural lender is issuing a patronage refund of nearly $13.5 million, the 27th consecutive year the cooperative has returned profits to its members. More than $292 million in cash has been paid to members since 1988.

  • 2015 Legislative Session Successful for Ag Interests

    April 07, 2015

    The Georgia General Assembly wrapped up the 2015 late last week, but before they ended their time under the Gold Dome, reached a compromise on a transportation deal that could have a big impact on farmers in the state.

  • Profile: Dairy Family Makes Homestead for Next Generation

    April 06, 2015

    Jennifer Holle always knew she’d work with large animals. She just expected it to be horses. But, then she met Andrew Holle, an undergraduate working on a dairy science degree at the University of Minnesota at Crookston. “His adviser actually told him, ‘Stay away from those horse girls,’” Jennifer jokes. “But once we started dating, things went very quickly. He brought me back to his family’s farm and said, ‘This is what I’m coming back to.’

  • More Cases of Bird Flu; USDA Developing Vaccine

    April 03, 2015

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed another case of highly contagious avian influenza in commercial poultry – this time in Beadle County, South Dakota. The flock of 53,000 turkeys is located within the Central flyway, where a similar strain was discovered earlier this year.

  • AgSouth Grant Helps Tiny Market Grow to Largest in State

    April 02, 2015

    Nine years ago, the Peachtree Road Farmers Market was just a gathering of a dozen farmers and gardeners getting together 20 weeks a year to sell their produce to neighborhood shoppers.

  • Expected Cotton Acreage Even Lower than Predicted

    April 01, 2015

    Farmers intend to plant less cotton than they have in the past five years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Prospective Plantings report released Tuesday. Across the country, farmers said they plan to plant 9.55 million acres of cotton in 2015, down 13 percent from last year.

  • Governors Meeting Over Water Rights in Ga.-Fla.-Ala. Case

    March 31, 2015

    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has met with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and reached out to Florida Gov. Rick Scott in an effort to work out a long-standing dispute over water rights. Florida sued Georgia two years ago and asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether metro Atlanta suburbs and Southwest Georgia farms take too much water from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basins.

  • USDA Extends PLC/ARC Signup Deadline

    March 30, 2015

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the deadline to sign up for crop protection programs for an additional week, saying that about 10 percent of farmers haven’t yet enrolled in a safety net program.

  • Cotton Growers Look to Save Costs in Down Year

    March 27, 2015

    Early next week, producers across the country will get a clearer idea of the size and makeup of the 2015 crop, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture releases the Prospective Planting Report, a survey of what farmers across the country say they intend to plant.

  • Ag Committee Considering Cost of GMO Labeling

    March 26, 2015

    How much would GMO labeling cost? That’s the question the House Agriculture Committee is asking in a hearing this week. In 2014, 125 bills mandating the labeling of biotechnology were introduced in 30 different states.

  • CAES Spring Showcase to Feature Agricultural, Environmental Sciences at UGA

    March 25, 2015

    This year, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is inviting campus and the northeast Georgia community to learn something new about the world of agricultural and environmental sciences by stopping by one of the events happening during its inaugural CAES Spring Showcase April 3-16.

  • Access to Land Still Young Farmers’ Biggest Worry

    March 24, 2015

    The biggest challenge on young farmers’ minds is finding enough land to grow crops and raise animals in the future, according to the producers who responded to a survey by American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers & Ranchers program. Those young farmers also are worried about profitability, taxes, water and finding financing.

  • In This Farm Family, the Farmer is Mom

    March 23, 2015

    Kristen Nickerson is a farm wife and a farm mom. … She’s a farmer and she’s a wife and she’s a mother. “For most people, farm wife means you are the farmer’s wife,” said Nickerson, who runs a 3,000-acre grain and swine farm with her brother and sister in Kent County, Maryland. “It’s usually the man who is the farmer in the family.