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Plains Peanut Festival is Saturday

Tyron Spearman and President Jimmy Carter (picture from Plains Peanut Festival website)

Tyron Spearman and President Jimmy Carter (picture from Plains Peanut Festival website)

The Plains Peanut Festival will be held this coming Saturday, September 24th in Plains, Georgia. The Plains Better Hometown Program coordinates the festival annually. Tyron Spearman has a preview of the annual event, but for even more information and to view a schedule of activities, visit the official website of the Plains Peanut Festival at

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NCGA CEO Testifies at Senate Hearing on Ag Consolidation

From the National Corn Growers Association:

Corn GrowersRegulatory barriers facing agriculture are a major driver of agriculture industry consolidation, National Corn Growers Association Chief Executive Officer Chris Novak testified today at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on consolidation and competition in the U.S. seed and agrochemical industry.

“Domestic regulatory hurdles for crop protection chemicals and delays in international approvals for new seed traits represent Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Cotton Fields Vary in 2016

Jared Whitaker

Jared Whitaker

The Georgia Cotton Commission works closely with the University of Georgia (UGA) Cotton Team on various issues of importance to producers across the state. And Jared Whitaker, UGA cotton extension agronomist, says its research efforts are designed to get information out to growers to hopefully make them more profitable.

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Regulatory Issues and Farm Bill Are Concerns for Agriculture

Bob Redding

Bob Redding

While much of the talk lately has been about trade and mergers, regulatory issues are still a major concern for many in agriculture. Bob Redding, who represents peanut growers in Washington, D.C., says it is something they continue to deal with on a regular basis.

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EPA Says Glyphosate Likely Not Carcinogenic

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its long-awaited decision Friday on whether glyphosate is carcinogenic, as a World Health Organization division claims.

The EPA announced the agency believes glyphosate is not likely carcinogenic to humans. Last year, the World Health Organization’s cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, classified glyphosate Read the rest of this entry »

Tool Helps with Peanut Crop Insurance

peanuts-peggingA new tool has been developed to assist peanut farmers in tracking the prices used for crop insurance. Tyron Spearman has more details.

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Farm Equipment Sales Mixed in 2016

The Tractor - modern farm equipment in fieldRetail sales of tractors under 40 horsepower and between 40-100 horsepower rebounded in August. However, sales of larger tractors and combines continued their double-digit declines in the newest data available from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

U.S. retail sales for two-wheel drive tractors under 40 horsepower gained 21 percent in August, and are 11 percent higher on the Read the rest of this entry »

Concerns with Planned Bayer-Monsanto Merger

bayer-cropsciencemonsantoThe planned Bayer-Monsanto merger announced last week is raising concerns by many in agriculture. Some feel that research key to developing new seed traits and other breakthroughs could be slowed. The Washington Post has reported the $66 billion Bayer-Monsanto deal could reshape farming, further concentrating the nation’s seed and agrochemical industry while reducing choice and stifling innovation needed to feed a growing world.

Regulators could stop the deal over antitrust concerns, but if it goes through, the Post reports the new seed and chemical giant could Read the rest of this entry »

Total U.S. Corn Export Sales Up 1.8 Percent

From the National Corn Growers Association:

Corn fieldThe United States exported more than 1.8 billion bushels of corn in the 2015/2016 marketing year, a 1.8 percent increase from the prior year, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly sales reports.

Mexico, Japan and Colombia ranked in the top three for total accumulated exports of U.S. corn with more than 492.1 million bushels, 413.4 million bushels and 177.2 million bushels, respectively. Read the rest of this entry »

Water-Saving Technology Proves Beneficial

Corn Demo

Photo courtesy of Patrick Troy

A new agricultural technology has been tested by several farmers to see if it saves water usage. The technology allows farmers to access soil-moisture readings right from their phones, with updates every three hours.

A University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension trial included three farmers from the Suwannee River Valley who tested the new system. Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama NRCS Helping with Pollinator-Friendly Conservation Practices

Group of bees on a flowerUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama is helping to integrate pollinator-friendly conservation practices on working lands across the state.

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Ag in Review for the Week Ending September 16, 2016

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we look at the announcement of a big merger, talk about concerns with the U.S. importing beef from Brazil, a new record for peanut exports, a new record for soybeans yields, growing a corn crop Read the rest of this entry »

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