• 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.

  • Program Looking for Georgia’s Next Ag Leaders

    March 20, 2015

    In 2012, producers in Franklin County raised $35 million in broilers. Nearly 300 miles away, in Colquitt County, farmers grew $65 million cotton. Those farmers live on different ends of the state, but they are part of the same industry and affected by the same public policies and trends that unite farmers across the country.

  • In Nutrition Debate, Meat Group Says, ‘Hands off My Hot Dog’

    March 19, 2015

    Meat producers are using their voices – and a little bit of humor – to make sure that federal officials know they don’t want climate politics to get involved in the setting of dietary guidelines.

  • Early Blueberry Varieties Impacted by Deep Freezes in January, February

    March 18, 2015

    Early blueberry varieties felt the chill of deep freezes during January and February, according to University of Georgia blueberry specialist Erick Smith. “I do know that the flowers that were open during the freezes, especially with that last long spell, they probably were frozen,” Smith said. “On the early varieties, that may have constituted about 40 to 50 percent (of flowers).”

  • This is the Week to Honor a Farmer

    March 17, 2015

    Wednesday is National Ag Day, the day set aside each year for communities to celebrate agriculture and its impact on Americans’ lives. Started 42 years ago, the Agriculture Council of America aims to increase the public’s awareness of agriculture's vital role in our society. Celebrations range from huge events in the nation’s capital to tiny parades in rural towns.

  • Bird Flu Confirmed Further East

    March 16, 2015

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed a deadly strain of avian flu further east than before, leaving poultry producers to worry that the disease could spread to high production states east of the Mississippi.

  • Profile: ‘Farm Mom’ a Dream Job for Pugh

    March 13, 2015

    Bethany Pugh is an office manager, chauffer, teacher, volunteer, cook, accountant, veterinary technician and housekeeper. In short, she’s a farm mom. Last year, Pugh was named the top Farm Mom for the Southeast region in the annual America's Farmers Mom of the Year contest put on by American Agri-Women and Monsanto.

  • Court Orders Cotton Farmer to Pay Monsanto for Collecting Seed

    March 12, 2015

    A federal court judge has ordered a Tifton cotton farmer to pay $360,000 to Monsanto after the company accused him of saving and delinting cotton seed for himself and other South Georgia farmers.

  • Peach Picking Starts in Florida

    March 11, 2015

    It’s peach season. Growers in Florida – which is known more for beaches than for peaches – harvested the first peaches of the season this week, bringing in fruit a couple of months before traditional varieties are ripe in Georgia and South Carolina.

  • Antibiotic-Free Chicken Seems Inevitable

    March 10, 2015

    McDonald’s announcement last week that the company will begin sourcing chicken raised without antibiotics may signal that the overall industry is headed in that direction, though some poultry companies already are there.

  • Ag Leaders Head to Cuba to Support Trade

    March 09, 2015

    A week after a bill was introduced into the U.S. Senate to open trade with Cuba, a delegation of powerful agriculture leaders visited the island nation last week for meetings, to court business partners and to push U.S. lawmakers to lift the long-running embargo. The U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba, a group of powerful ag companies including Cargill, put together the trip.

  • Immigration Enforcement without Reform Hurts Farms

    March 06, 2015

    As the U.S. House of Representatives takes up immigration changes that could make farm labor harder to find, American Farm Bureau Federation is asking for reform first and urging citizens to learn the positive impact immigrants have in their state. On Thursday, AFBF tweeted a link to an interactive map by Partnership for a New American Economy showing the impact of immigrants in individual states.

  • 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.