• 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.

  • Popeye’s Dream: Spinach as Alternative Energy Source

    July 25, 2014

    Spinach gave Popeye super strength, but it also holds the promise of a different power for a group of scientists: the ability to convert sunlight into a clean, efficient alternative fuel. Purdue University physicists are part of an international group using spinach to study the proteins involved in photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert the sun’s energy into carbohydrates used to power cellular processes.

  • 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.

  • Better Soybean Varieties Might Be on the Way

    July 16, 2014

    Researchers from Purdue University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have discovered a soybean gene whose mutation affects plant stem growth, a finding that could lead to the development of improved soybean cultivars for the northern United States.

  • 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.

  • Iowa State to Host Meeting of Scientists and Farmers

    July 07, 2014

    Resilient Agriculture is a conference designed to bring farmers and agricultural scientists together for three days. It's an opportunity for farmers to hear the latest scientific findings on practices that are being tested for their effectiveness in making corn-based farming systems more resilient and sustainable.

  • From the Field: Don’t Bet the Farm, Just Define Risk

    July 03, 2014

    We all know agriculture is a risky business venture. There are few certainties and endless variables. Our daily decisions made in March and April can affect our bottom line in December. It’s an everyday onslaught of risk!