Features

  • Auburn Mechanical Engineer Students Meet Ag Needs

    August 01, 2014

    This year, a cross disciplinary collaboration that encompassed students and professionals alike has resulted in a solution for a practical agricultural problem. This partnership began in January, when nearly 60 senior mechanical engineering students of Auburn University’s College of Engineerings gathered to listen to speakers from various industries discuss needs, problems, and projects within their given trade.

  • 30 Years Later, RAFI Still Focused on Farm Aid

    July 31, 2014

    When the first Farm Aid benefit concert was held in Champaign, Ill., in 1985, the whole country seemed focused on a crisis affecting the American farmer. Bank foreclosures had skyrocketed and corporations were snatching up family farms as fast as they went up for auction.

  • Southern Timber Could Hit New High by 2017

    July 30, 2014

    In an economy that has been as unpredictable as the World Cup, a classic contender may become the reigning champion. Given current conditions in both the U.S. and overseas, the next 10 years could very well be the “decade of forestry.” Georgia’s abundance of trees could position the state to reap some big rewards: More production, new jobs, greater revenues. A triple play!

  • Farming Peterson Bros. to Perform at Sunbelt

    July 29, 2014

    The Peterson Farm Brothers are pretty busy these days. With oldest brother Greg helping run the family farm and younger brothers Nathan and Kendal in college, you’d think there wouldn’t be much time left for making music videos.

  • Playing Politics with $10 Billion in Rural Programs

    July 28, 2014

    Last week, the White House announced the creation of a $10 billion rural infrastructure fund. Throughout my career, I’ve seen one rural initiative after another that promised increased investment in upstate New York or eastern North Carolina. The rural initiatives never reached their lofty objectives.

  • Ga. Couple Bringing Back Longleaf Pines

    July 25, 2014

    Tim and Harriette Allen have focused their golden years on a shared passion that has set them on a path to conservation. The Georgia couple’s love of nature and a desire to help the environment spurred them to become part of a national effort to conserve and restore longleaf pine forests throughout the Southeast.

  • Indoor Farms Finding a Place in Ag

    July 24, 2014

    Entrepreneurs have been tinkering with the idea of growing crops indoors for decades. And the world’s largest indoor farm – which opened in Japan this month under new LED lights created by GE – might inspire another generation of producers.

  • Price of Food Flat, Except for Meat

    July 23, 2014

    New data released by the federal government on Tuesday showed that beef hit another all-time high in June, while most families’ overall grocery bill is holding steady. A shrinking cattle herd and unrelated pig virus have pushed meat prices to all-time highs.

  • Right to Farm Wins in Indiana

    July 22, 2014

    The Right to Farm stood up in court last week when an Indiana judge tossed out four lawsuits against farmers, finding that the state’s law protects them from neighbors’ complaints.

  • Women in Ag: Necessity Pushes Farm Wife into Business

    July 21, 2014

    As a girl, Amy Robinette didn’t dream of a career in agriculture. Her father gave up row-cropping during the tobacco buy-out, and Amy went off to college to become an English teacher. At North Carolina State University, she met and fell for boy who planned to raise cattle. A few years later, their family was raising a fairly large herd and struggling to find processors to handle their beef.

  • From the Field: Don’t Drop Your Wallet …

    July 18, 2014

    Old farmers have a saying: Don’t drop your wallet in one field and expect to find it in another. Those words are all about production, the place where daily decisions can have the greatest effect on risk.

  • Clemson Study Tracks Gators with GPS

    July 17, 2014

    The way that wildlife experts count alligators is pretty simple. Basically, they go out in the swamp after dark, shine a flashlight and count the number of eyes that glow in the night. To get more information, researchers will use the width between the eyes to estimate the length of the gator’s snout and overall size.

  • Grimes Named Georgia Farmer of the Year

    July 16, 2014

    A meticulous, high-yield crop farmer, Philip Grimes of Tifton is admired as one of the best farmers in South Georgia. He has been recognized on the state level for producing high peanut yields for more than 20 consecutive years. A conservation farmer, he uses cover crops and has installed grassed waterways, terraces, and ponds on his land.

  • Beware Fire Danger of Wet Hay

    July 15, 2014

    It’s the time of year when farmers look for a stretch of dry days to cut hay, and experts warn that impatience could cost big time. Hay that is baled and stored wet will heat up, at first depleting protein from the forage, but eventually sparking a blaze. At 150 degrees, hay is in danger of catching fire; by the time bales reach 200 degrees, fire is almost certain.

  • Farmer Profile: New Season Ahead for Soybean Leader

    July 14, 2014

    Danny Murphy will have a lot more time on the farm in six months, when he will end a decade of service to the American Soybean Association. As president last year and chairman this year, Murphy traveled to Washington, D.C. to represent American soybean farmers on issues as diverse as the Farm Bill, the Renewable Fuel Standard, biotechnology approvals and tax incentives.

  • NCI Reaches Around the Globe, Stays Close to Home

    July 11, 2014

    Newton Crouch Sr. embraced change decades ago, when he saw how pelletized fertilizer could work better than the pulverized kind most farmers used. His company was one of the first to design and build the spreaders farmers needed. In fact, he worked for decades to innovate equipment from the company’s headquarters in Griffin, Ga.

  • Pioneer Celebrates 50 Years on the Farm

    July 10, 2014

    Fifty years ago, when Pioneer opened a research farm in Georgia, the facility employed three people. Today, the farm has more than two dozen full-time workers – many of them researchers – and another hundred or so part-timers.

  • Alabama Cattlemen Bring Heifers – and Hope – to S. Dakota

    July 09, 2014

    Every cattleman has a story. For one, it’s about a calf he bottle-fed after its mother died. For another, it’s about an old bull that’s been the family’s pride for 10 years. For others, the story is about a freak snowstorm that caught everyone by surprise and killed a third of the herd.

  • Ag Science Companies Use Facts to Fight GMO Fears

    July 08, 2014

    GMO Answers isn’t trying to convince you that genetically engineered crops are better than traditional crops or make you emotional about the science that allows cotton to survive glyphosate or makes corn resistant to caterpillars. The companies that sponsor the campaign just want people to have the facts.

  • New Dean Taking Helm at Ag College

    July 07, 2014

    When Jerry Baker returns to Georgia this month, it will be a homecoming. Not only will he be returning to his wife’s home county and the place they lived for 14 years, but Baker also will be returning to an institution that’s preparing farmers for a future in agriculture.

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