• Cuba Trade Could Benefit Poultry, Rice

    December 19, 2014

    Agriculture could be one of the first industries to benefit from normalized relations with Cuba, particularly the Southeast’s rice and poultry sectors, according to experts and the island nation’s past imports.

  • Tax Break on Farm Equipment Passes Congress

    December 18, 2014

    Accountant Amy Hightower had a list of 10 farmers to call on Wednesday, but the news she had to give them was good. A much-anticipated package of tax breaks passed the U.S. Senate late Tuesday, making the final two weeks of the year much brighter for farmers who bought equipment in 2014 and the companies hoping to sell a few more units before the end of the year.

  • El Niño Could Signal Wet Winter, Dry Summer

    December 17, 2014

    Odds are better than even for an El Niño weather pattern this winter that will keep the Southeast wet and relieve some drought conditions in California. Forecasters are calling for a 65 percent chance of El Niño weather pattern this winter, which brings wetter, cooler temperatures to much of the country.

  • Fighting EPA Rule, Farms Win Small Victory

    December 16, 2014

    A massive spending bill that cleared the U.S. Senate late Saturday included a small victory – but only a small one – for farmers fighting to keep the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers from interfering with their day-to-day operations.

  • Cattle Rustlers Hit across the U.S.

    December 15, 2014

    Rustlers don’t get hanged anymore, but cattlemen across the country probably think the historic punishment still fits. High prices have lured crooks across the country into cattle thieving, leading cattlemen’s associations to warn members to keep an extra close watch on their herds.

  • Trimble Granted Exemption for Unmanned Farm Plane

    December 12, 2014

    For the first time, the Federal Aviation Administration has granted an agriculture company permission to fly an unmanned aerial vehicle as a part of doing business. Trimble announced on Thursday that the FAA had granted an exemption allowing the company to conduct commercial operation of its UX5 Aerial Imaging Solution in the U.S.

  • Couple Sues to Label Skim Milk as ‘Skim Milk’

    December 11, 2014

    Should a Florida dairy family be forced to label its milk as less nutritious because they won’t add vitamins? A federal court may decide. A 25-year-old family-run creamery in Northern Florida is suing the state over a requirement that the operation either add outside Vitamin A to its skim milk or label the milk a "Non-Grade 'A' Milk Product, Natural Milk Vitamins Removed.”

  • City Leaders Alter Course on GMO Ban

    December 10, 2014

    Members of the Los Angeles City Council appear to have changed their minds about a proposed ban on growing genetically modified crops within the city limits, while supporters of GMO labeling in Oregon have sued over an election they lost.

  • Insects: Coming Soon to a Dinner Table Near You

    December 09, 2014

    The peanut brittle at John and Peggy Guyton’s house looks like it might be made from a special family recipe, but they are not keeping their unique ingredient a secret: insects.

  • Hoss Tools Grows Business with Old Wheel Plows

    December 08, 2014

    Greg Key describes himself as a self-taught horticulturalist, but he’s really a tinkerer. Anything that grabs his interest, he tinkers with it until he’s mastered it or found a way to improve it. That’s how he came to start Hoss Tools, a growing company that is putting old-fashioned, manual farm tools in the hands of gardeners.

  • One Community Brings Farm to School in a Big Way

    December 05, 2014

    When students at Tift County High School in South Georgia dig into their lunches next year, they might be eating produce they grew themselves. The 13-school district in South Georgia recently received nearly $40,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand its farm-to-school effort.

  • Research Led by Clemson Will Help Growers Who Compete for Limited Water

    December 04, 2014

    The Department of Agriculture has awarded Clemson researchers $8.7 million to lead a multistate, five-year project to help ensure sufficient water for the nation’s billion-dollar nursery and floriculture industry. Regional water shortages and droughts are creating competing needs among metropolitan and rural areas. Innovative approaches to use water more efficiently can help address the allocation problems.

  • USDA: Dairy Production Shifted to Larger Farms

    December 03, 2014

    Dairy herds have gotten bigger over the past two decades, as operations consolidate to become more productive, according to an analysis by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Production has shifted to larger farms in most agricultural commodities, according to USDA, and led to lower commodity and food prices and less total resource use in food and fiber production.

  • Wasting Disease Found in Deer in Another Eastern State

    December 02, 2014

    The state of Ohio has ordered that all the deer in a contained hunting property be killed after two animals were found to have chronic wasting disease. As hunters across the country took to the woods over the holiday weekend, the Ohio Department of Agriculture on Friday issued an order that all the deer at a hunting lodge there be euthanized after the owner broke a quarantine and hunters killed two animals that were confirmed to have the disease.

  • Large Animal Vet Follows Long Road Home

    December 01, 2014

    The cases veterinarian Jessica Giddens likes best are the animals no one expects to make it. She can identify with an underdog. “I had so many people tell me that I could never become a veterinarian, that I never would even get into vet school,” said Giddens. “So when I have that patient that all the odds are stacked against it … I just want to pour my heart and soul into that case and laugh when it defies the odd and turns into a little rock star.

  • Pecan Crop Shrinks with Disappointing Harvest

    November 26, 2014

    The 2014 pecan crop won’t be nearly the size that experts expected and farmers hoped to see. Early on, the pecan crop looked good. Estimates for Georgia – the largest pecan producing state – were between 80 and 90 million pounds.

  • Clemson Firefly Project Creating a Buzz

    November 25, 2014

    Average people have a hard time relating to soil chemistry. So four years ago, Clemson University researchers Alex Chow and JC Chong gave them something they could relate to: Fireflies.

  • Immigration Action Does Little for Farmers

    November 24, 2014

    Around 4 million undocumented immigrants will get a chance to stay and work legally in the United States, but an executive order President Obama’s outlined last week won’t do much for agriculture, experts said.

  • UGA Scientist Studying Benefits of Forage Sorghum as Supplemental Feed for Dairy Cattle

    November 21, 2014

    University of Georgia researchers are researching drought-tolerant, alternative forages for the state’s dairy producers to help safeguard their feed supply and save money.

  • California Drought Creates Opportunity for South’s Vegetable Growers

    November 20, 2014

    A drought in California could lead farmers in the Southeast to consider new crops, a Georgia horticulturalist says. “Some of the larger vegetable growers in Georgia, particularly eastern Georgia, are being asked by their buyers to diversify,” said Tim Coolong, a vegetable specialist with the Extension Service. “The primary driver is concerns over water in California.”