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Trump EPA Administrator Pick on the Horizon

President-elect Donald Trump could soon pick his choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Politico reports the shortlist includes Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Kathleen Hartnett White, director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Both candidates oppose the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule, also Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Designates 18 Counties in Georgia as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 18 counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

Baker, Bleckley, Calhoun, Chattahoochee, Clay, Dougherty, Early, Laurens, McDuffie, Marion, Pulaski, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Stewart, Turner, Webster and Wilcox

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Georgia also qualify for natural disaster assistance because Read the rest of this entry »

Peanut Count Continues

peanut-harvest-ford-2010Peanuts harvested continue to be counted, and Tyron Spearman has the latest numbers.


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Cotton Harvest Continues to Trail ‘Average’ Progress

Wideangle shot of cotton fieldThe national cotton harvest is still behind the 5-year average for this time of the year, despite some good progress in the nation’s biggest cotton state. Gary Crawford has the details.


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Georgia Beef Team Member Talks with Consumers

Sarah Jane Thomason

Sarah Jane Thomason

The Georgia Beef Board’s Beef Team has been busy out talking with consumers at various locations. In the weekly beef checkoff report, University of Georgia student Sarah Jane Thomason tells us about a recent event the team attended.


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Kubota Hay Tools Performing for End Users

Dave Palmer

Dave Palmer

When it comes to hay and forage tools, Kubota has a lineup that is becoming very popular. Dave Palmer, senior product manager of Kubota hay and forage products, talks about that lineup and how it all started.


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To learn more about the Kubota hay tool lineup, go to Kubota.com.

Signup Continues for ARC and PLC

Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a month ago that producers on farms with base acres under the safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, can begin visiting FSA county offices to sign contracts and enroll for the 2017 crop year. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini hopes producers will sign up for the 2017 program.


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Vilsack Leaving Office in Better Shape

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will see his time end in that position come January, but he recently looked back on his eight years in the office. A conversation with President Barack Obama made him think about whether or not he was leaving the office in better condition than when he took the job eight years ago. Vilsack says after thinking about the topic for some time, he feels it is in better shape.


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Georgia Forages Suffering in Drought

Jennifer Tucker

Jennifer Tucker

For many livestock producers in Georgia, there aren’t any forages this year due to the drought which has a grip on most of the state. And Jennifer Tucker, assistant professor with the University of Georgia, knows the situation is not going to get better any time soon.


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More information can be found on the Georgia Forages website.

Farmland Prices May Drop 20 Percent

Plowed field and other farmland-2The price of American farmland may be heading for its first significant drop since the mid-1980s. MetLife Agricultural Finance says that based on certain measurements, market conditions are the worst they’ve been since the Farm Crisis.

Agri Money dot Com says land prices likely will fall 20 percent from the top end that was established early last year. MetLife, one of America’s largest ag mortgage lenders, said the slump Read the rest of this entry »

Research Efforts on Insects in Georgia Cotton

Michael Toews

Michael Toews

The Georgia Cotton Commission invests grower dollars with University of Georgia researchers each year to look at various problem areas, including insects. Associate Professor with the UGA Department of Entomology in Tifton, Michael Toews, says this year one of those projects involved thrips.


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One of Three Major U.S. Drought Areas Will Improve

droughtThe U.S. Drought Monitor shows roughly 11 percent of the contiguous United States is under what it calls “severe, extreme, or exceptional” drought. The areas where the drought continues to be in control include three different areas of the country.

Rebecca Lindsey is the managing editor of Climate dot Gov, and she said one of the more prominent drought areas includes the southeastern United States. That area has been in Read the rest of this entry »

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