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New Peanut-Shelling Plant to Impact Southeast

Tyron Spearman

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The grand opening of the Premium Peanut Shelling Plant in Douglas, Georgia took place last Friday, and according to a story from Tyron Spearman, it will have an impact across the Southeast.


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Georgia Grown Moment – M&T Farms

ga-grown-vidalia-onion-logoToday is April 25th, the opening day of Vidalia Onion season so, for this week’s Georgia Grown moment, we speak with Aries Haygood of M&T Farms about his experience with farming this sweet Georgia Grown crop.


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Peanut Butter

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Everett Griner gives us unknown facts about peanut butter in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending April 22, 2016

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about the Waters of the U.S. rule, the growing financial pressures faced by U.S. farmers and ranchers, sustainability in the beef industry, peanuts, cotton Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market reports for the week ending April 22nd, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Smithsonian – “Ask a Farmer”

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Cathy Isom tells us about the Smithsonian Museum program connecting agriculturists with visitors in the nation’s capital.


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River Battle Renewed

Florida, Alabama Senators Renew River Battle with Georgia

By Margie Menzel
The News Service of Florida

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Map of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin.

The Capital, Tallahassee, April 22, 2016 – U.S. senators from Florida and Alabama are again asking Congress to intervene in their states’ long-running “water wars” with Georgia.

Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., on Tuesday joined Alabama Republicans Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions in moving to insert language into a government funding bill requiring all three states to agree on changes in allocations of water from the two river systems they share.

All three states share the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, while Georgia and Alabama share the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers controls the flows in both systems, and has relied on a 2011 ruling from a federal appeals court that said Georgia has a legal right to water from Lake Lanier, at the top of the ACF system near Atlanta. Learn more about this ongoing battle.

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner in Washington Over Labor Concerns

From the Georgia Department of Agriculture:

gda-logoCommissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black joined other agricultural leaders in Washington D.C. Thursday for a press conference to discuss labor issues currently affecting Georgia farmers.

“It was nineteen years ago when I accompanied a group of Vidalia onion farmers to Washington because they were facing labor issues at that time.” said Commissioner Black. “The same problem we identified 19 years ago still exist today.”

Commissioner Black and Michigan Director of Agriculture Jamie Clover Adams joined American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall and producers to highlight the need for enhanced coordination to eliminate Read the rest of this entry »

Small Tractor Sales Rising

kubota-small-tractorRetail sales of farm tractors less than 40 horsepower were up over 26 percent back in February, and according to Tyron Spearman, were up even more in March.


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Atlanta Burger Week Ends Saturday

gbb-atl-burger-week-2016We told you earlier this week in our Georgia Beef Board report, brought to you by your beef checkoff in Georgia, about Atlanta Burger Week. And Kaytlyn Malia wants to remind everyone the week-long event ends Saturday, April 23rd.


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Senate Strikes Down Anti-WOTUS Amendment

The U.S. Senate failed to pass a measure that would block the Clean Water Act rule, otherwise known as the Waters of the U.S. rule. Senators voted 56-42, failing to reach the required 60 votes to attach the Read the rest of this entry »

Grand Champion

championEverett Griner talks about the rewards, and tears, brought on by raising grand champion livestock in today’s Agri View.


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