• Farmers Plant Fewest Cotton Acres Since Early 1980s

    July 01, 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.

  • States Sue over Waters of the U.S. Rule

    June 30, 2015

    As the new Waters of the U.S. rule became official on Monday, North Dakota and 12 other states sued the federal government in U.S. District Court in Bismark, challenging expanded federal jurisdiction over some state waters. The rule is set to take effect on Aug. 28, barring court intervention.

  • Honoring a Veteran Who Shared a Taste of Home Across the Globe

    June 29, 2015

    In 1966, a Georgia boy wrote home to thank the state peanut commission for sending him a dozen boxes of local peanuts to distribute to his fellow soldiers and the Vietnamese people.

  • Judge Could Issue Prison Term Soon in Peanut Contamination Case

    June 26, 2015

    Two men who owned a peanut processing company that shipped tainted peanut butter across the country could be sentenced to the equivalent of life in prison as early as next week.

  • U.S. Sugar Finds Sweet Lending Partner in Wells Fargo

    June 25, 2015

    As the president of U.S. Sugar, Bob Buker works in production agriculture just like a cotton farmer does. Of course, the scale is a little different. “The cotton farmer might have three tractors, while I run 350 … but the business is exactly the same,” Buker said.

  • Ag’s Version of ‘Shark Tank’ Looking for Business Pitches

    June 23, 2015

    Got an idea for a product or service that you think would make a profit in agribusiness? Here’s your chance to get some start-up money and have a little fun along the way. American Farm Bureau Federation is taking applications for the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge – a contest that calls on entrepreneurs to spell out their ideas for a chance at $145,000 in startup funds.

  • GMA Cites Costs of Vermont Law in Urging Passage of Federal Bill on Uniform Food Labeling Standard

    June 22, 2015

    The Grocery Manufacturers Association said that the enormous costs, complexities and challenges for food manufacturers to comply with Vermont’s food labeling mandate show the critical need for Congress to pass federal legislation setting a uniform national food labeling standard.

  • Got an Idea? Now’s the Time to Apply for USDA New Product Grants

    June 19, 2015

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture will dole out $30 million this year to agricultural producers who have an idea to launch or promote a new product. The deadline is approaching, however, for farmers looking for a share of the Value Added Producer Grants.

  • Birds Shipped Across the Country May Have Had Avian Flu

    June 17, 2015

    Chickens and eggs that may have been exposed to avian influenza were shipped to 37 states across the country, including Georgia, where officials ordered three small flocks destroyed on Tuesday to protect other birds.

  • USDA: Security Lapses Helping Avian Flu to Spread

    June 16, 2015

    Lax biosecurity helped spread avian influenza through a handful of Midwestern states this spring, but the wind also seems to be a factor in transmitting the disease from one farm to another, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said after a study of more than 80 infected poultry operations.

  • Weather is Right for Making Hay

    June 15, 2015

    Producers across the Southeast will be making hay this week, Georgia’s State Climatologist judges from the weather forecast. A high-pressure system should stay over the region for much of the week, keeping away any thunderstorms or rain.

  • House Passes Bill to Repeal Mandatory COOL for Beef, Pork, and Chicken

    June 12, 2015

    The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 2393 which would effectively repealing the country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork and chicken. The Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act passed on Wednesday by a vote of 300-131.

  • Avian Flu Slows, But Poultry Industry Still on Guard

    June 11, 2015

    The spread of avian influenza seems to have slowed down since a peak in May that ravaged the poultry and egg industry in states like Minnesota and Iowa. More than 40 million birds have died of the highly pathogenic strain of the virus or been culled to prevent spreading it. But recording 88 farms infected in April and 96 in May, the number of new cases has slowed to just one or two a day in June.

  • Study Finds Increasing Wood Pellet Demand Boosts Forest Growth, Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Creates Jobs

    June 10, 2015

    An industry that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase forest growth, and create jobs sounds too good to be true. But that is the reality of the emerging wood pellets market in the Southern U.S.

  • Corn Rust Appears, Threatens to Steal Yield

    June 09, 2015

    Southern corn rust has appeared in some Georgia fields, leading plant pathologists to sound the alarm and warn producers that they should be ready to treat. “Corn growers in south Georgia should be very much aware NOW that rust is here. Current weather patterns increase the risk,” said University of Georgia plant pathologist Bob Kemerait.

  • Tragedy Brings Daughter Back to the Family Farm

    June 08, 2015

    Kerry Frazier never expected she’d return to the farm. A freak accident changed that plan. She was working as a nurse and her husband was a pharmacist three years ago, when an accident took her brother’s life and Kerry knew she had to go home to the family farm in Bishopville, S.C.

  • Sunbelt Field Day Gives Farmers Latest Info for Tight Budgets

    June 05, 2015

    Each year, Field Day at the Sunbelt Ag Expo gives farmers a chance to see how different production practices – seed variety choices, chemical applications and irrigation schedules – can affect yield.

  • As Age or Injury Limits Farmers, Toolbox Can Make Life Easier

    June 04, 2015

    Farmers are known for their creativity when it comes to adapting a piece of equipment to the needs of their farm. But what if the adaptation isn’t for the farm, but with the farmer himself?

  • Law Would Forgive Some School Debt for Farmers

    June 03, 2015

    A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would allow young farmers to have part of their college loans forgiven in exchange for service in the field.

  • FFA Doesn’t End with High School

    June 02, 2015

    High school is over for teens across the country, but FFA wants those graduates to know their involvement with FFA doesn’t have to be. “If you were anything like me, you were super involved in FFA when you were in high school, both inside and outside of the classroom,” FFA Eastern Region Vice President Ruth Ann Myers says to graduating FFA members.