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  • Farm Credit Helping Kids Get Loans for 4-H Projects

    January 30, 2015

    Lots of livestock producers got their start in 4-H or FFA, but raising a hog or heifer can teach more than just animal care and feeding. Raising an animal for sale can teach a young person about business. That’s part of the philosophy behind a program of Farm Credit of Northwest Florida.

  • Young Farmer Group Pushing for Help Paying for College

    January 29, 2015

    If agriculture is in your blood, but tuition costs or loan debt is a problem for you, the National Young Farmers Coalition wants to hear your story. The group formed five years ago to help support practices and policies that will enable young people to go into farming – whether they are starting their own operation or working land owned by their families for generations.

  • 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 Ag College

    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.

  • Purdue Acquires Protea's LAESI Technology

    January 16, 2015

    Protea Biosciences Group, Inc. announced today that Purdue University has acquired Protea's LAESI DP-1000 Instrument System for direct molecular analysis. The system will be used in Purdue's College of Agriculture, the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, for the molecular imaging of herbicide active ingredients and other related compounds to optimize herbicide applications and improve weed management.

  • Agriculture Secretary Announces Funding for 115 Conservation Projects in 50 States

    January 15, 2015

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Wednesday that 115 high-impact projects across all 50 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico will receive more than $370 million in Federal funding as part of the new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

  • 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.

  • MSU Helping Towns Tap into Internet Age

    January 13, 2015

    Quitman, Miss., might serve as a model for other rural communities across the United States, showing how rural places can attract high-speed Internet service and reap the benefits of that technology. The town on the Mississippi-Alabama line has just 2,300 people, but landed high-speed Internet service and is making the most of it.

  • 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.

  • USDA Robotics Research Grants to Improve Agriculture Production, Efficiency

    January 06, 2015

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently announced $3 million in grants to advance the use of robots that work alongside people in American production agriculture.

  • 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.

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