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Ag Needs More Young People, Vilsack Tells FFA Members

(10/31/2014 10:16:18 AM)

In a brief address at the 2014 National FFA Convention and Expo on Thursday, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack presented FFA members with three challenges.

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Young Scholars Program Celebrates 25 years, Opens Applications For Summer 2015

(10/31/2014 10:15:18 AM)

For the past 25 summers, high school students from across Georgia have worked side by side with scientists at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences through the Young Scholars Program.

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Ag Awareness Day Brings Out 700 Students to ABAC

(10/31/2014 10:14:20 AM)

Approximately 700 fourth graders visited the Tifton Campus of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Thursday morning for the fall Agricultural and Environmental Awareness Day.

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AFBF: What the EPA Isn't Telling You About Its Latest Clean Water Act Rule

(10/31/2014 10:09:27 AM)

The American Farm Bureau Federation has released a legal analysis, "Trick or Truth? What EPA and the Corps of Engineers Are Not Saying About Their Waters of the U.S. Proposal."

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Cotton Must Be Kept Free From Contaminants (VIDEO)

(10/30/2014 1:26:49 PM)

Cotton is an important crop to Georgia's agriculture industry. An important task for cotton producers and ginners is ensuring that cotton is kept free from contaminants. The Monitor's Kenny Burgamy looks at how that's done and why it is so important.

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Georgia Reaches #1 Spot Nationally In Blueberry Production (VIDEO)

(10/30/2014 1:25:55 PM)

While Georgia might be best known for peaches, peanuts and pecans, another commodity has recently taken center stage. Blueberry production has exploded over the past 10-15 years, and now the state has become the nation's top producer of the fruit. Damon Jones has that story.

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Georgia Cattlemen Prepare Land, Herds For Winter (VIDEO)

(10/30/2014 1:24:39 PM)

Georgia livestock producers are gearing up for the winter months by planting forage crops for their cattle to graze on. The Monitor's Mark Wildman recently caught up with UGA's Extension Forage Specialist to find out what producers should be doing so their cattle will thrive this winter.

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Pesticide Collection Day at Brooks County Extension Office Nov. 12

(10/30/2014 9:55:12 AM)

Georgia residents can safely dispose of old pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and other chemicals at the Clean Day, set for Thursday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Brooks County Extension office in Quitman, Georgia.

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Pesticide Drift Targeted in Voluntary EPA Program

(10/29/2014 9:30:03 AM)

Star-rating system will demonstrate technologies that reduce spray drift by at least 25 percent

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USDA Designates Two More Georgia Counties as Disaster Areas

(10/29/2014 9:20:19 AM)

Farmers in designated counties can access federal emergency loans and other USDA programs

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UGA Breaks Ground On Food Technology Center in Griffin

(10/29/2014 9:16:47 AM)

Facility will house pilot plants and laboratory spaces for hot and cold temperature work; wet and dry processing; quality control laboratories; refrigerated, frozen and dry storage

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USDA OKs Low Yield Exclusion For Farms Affected By Severe Weather

(10/29/2014 9:13:02 AM)

Spring crops eligible for APH Yield Exclusion include corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, grain sorghum, rice, barley, canola, sunflowers, peanuts, and popcorn.

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New Web Tool Allows Users to Visualize, Analyze Agriculture Data

(10/28/2014 10:49:16 AM)

USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service now offers the Ag Census Web Maps application, a dynamic online tool that gives users rapid access to Census of Agriculture maps and data about crops and plants, livestock and animals, economics, farms and operators.

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AEM, FFA to Promote Safe Use of Agricultural Equipment

(10/28/2014 10:47:02 AM)

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) will promote safe use of agricultural equipment through a new awareness program in partnership with Future Farmers of America (FFA).

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Dry Summer Leads To Heavy Spider Mite Damage In Non-Irrigated Peanuts

(10/28/2014 10:46:26 AM)

An abnormally dry and typically hot August provided the perfect conditions for heavy spider mite damage in Georgia's non-irrigated peanuts.

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Dry Weather Causes Problems For Some South Georgia Farmers

(10/28/2014 10:45:12 AM)

It's peak cotton season in Georgia. Cotton gins are running non-stop, but it's not turning out to be a great year for one of South Georgia's top crops. Some farmers are actually losing money.

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Georgia Pecan Growers Are Ready For Harvest Season

(10/24/2014 9:52:45 AM)

Over 600 pecan growers across the state are ready to begin harvesting.

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Internet Sensation Peterson Brothers Performed At Sunbelt Expo (VIDEO)

(10/23/2014 1:36:38 PM)

The Peterson Brothers, who happen to be farmers from Kansas, have become Internet sensations thanks to their parody songs that promote farming and rural life. The brothers were on hand for Sunbelt Expo this year, performing and sharing the story of agriculture. Kenny Burgamy has that story.

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UAV Technology On Display At Sunbelt Ag Expo (VIDEO)

(10/23/2014 1:34:04 PM)

Many believe that Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, or "drones") hold great potential for use in agriculture. A demonstration of UAV technology during Sunbelt Expo proved to be very popular. The Monitor's Mark Wildman shows how this technology might soon be put to good use on a farm near you.

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Tift County Farmer Named 2014 Southeast Farmer Of Year At Sunbelt Expo (VIDEO)

(10/23/2014 1:33:00 PM)

One of the highlights from Sunbelt Ag Expo each year is the naming of the Southeast Farmer of the Year. The 2014 winner, announced during the first day of the Expo, was Tift County's Philip Grimes. The Georgia Farm Monitor's Damon Jones has the story.

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