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Wanted: More Young People For Aging U.S. Farm Industry

(4/22/2014 11:18:18 AM)

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the average age for a farmer is now 58 and has been on the rise for 30 years. There are now six times more farmers 65 and older than there are farmers 34 and under, according to one study.

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USDA Funding Feral Hog Study

(4/22/2014 7:44:07 AM)

The USDA is providing $20 million for a national effort to reduce the devastating damage caused by feral or free ranging swine. A 2012 UGA study indicated $57 million in feral hog damage to farms in Southwest Georgia during 2011.

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Farm Bureau, Congress Respond To EPA Proposed Water Rule

(4/22/2014 7:42:39 AM)

Georgia Farm Bureau, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and members of Congress have expressed serious concerns over the EPA's proposed water rule announced March 25.

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America's Egg Farmers Donate Nearly Half A Million Eggs For Easter Holiday

(4/21/2014 1:55:35 PM)

Egg farmers across the country are helping in the fight against hunger by donating nearly half a million fresh eggs to food assistance organizations coast-to-coast during the month of April.

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VIDEO: GFB Hosts "Farmland" Film Private Screening

(4/18/2014 11:15:26 AM)

The new documentary film "Farmland", from award-winning director James Moll, gives viewers an intimate look into the lives of six young farmers and ranchers from across the country, including one from Middle Georgia. A private screening was held recently in Macon, hosted by Georgia Farm Bureau.

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VIDEO: Growers Get Update On Vidalia Onion Research

(4/18/2014 11:13:47 AM)

Every year consumers from around the world depend on the tasty sweet Vidalia onion to compliment a wide variety of meals. So growing the perfect onion is key to keeping the farmer in business and the Vidalia brand strong. Recently the Monitor's Mark Wildman traveled to Toombs County, Georgia where growers gathered to see some results of the latest research on this valuable crop.

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VIDEO: Weather Update As 2014 Planting Season Gets Underway

(4/18/2014 11:12:36 AM)

Planting season is beginning and farmers are busy getting their fields prepared. As always, weather will play a major role in the planting process. The Monitor's Damon Jones recently talked with UGA climatologist Pam Knox to see what to expect in the coming months.

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Solar Power Helping Farmers With Irrigation Needs

(4/17/2014 2:03:48 PM)

Using the sun as a power source isn't a new concept. But for some Georgia farmers, implementing solar power to deliver water to remote locations is making a huge difference.

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Newton County Elementary Students Get Hands Dirty In New Hoop House

(4/17/2014 1:52:34 PM)

Middle Ridge Elementary students are ready to play in the dirt with the addition of a new hoop house on the school's campus.

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Governor Deal Signs Flint River Drought Protection Act

(4/17/2014 1:50:45 PM)

Governor Nathan Deal has signed the Flint River Drought Protection Act. It will restrict farmers from drawing water from the Flint and some of its tributaries during severe drought. Governor Deal says it protects wildlife, water resources and the rights of property owners.

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Spring Cold Adds to Woes for Eastern U.S. Fruit Crops

(4/17/2014 1:49:27 PM)

A cold snap gripping the U.S. East Coast today is bad news for farmers whose peaches and other spring crops are already suffering the effects of bad weather.

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ACCG Honors UGA Extension's Beverly Sparks For Statewide Leadership

(4/17/2014 1:48:09 PM)

In recognition of her work maintaining University of Georgia Extension's service to Georgians in the face of faltering budgets and changing demands, the Association County Commissioners of Georgia honored UGA Extension director Beverly Sparks on April 14.

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Ag Groups Ask Farmers To Vow To Stop Resistant Weeds

(4/17/2014 1:46:41 PM)

Herbicide-resistant weeds seriously threaten long-term agriculture production in many parts of the United States. An industry-wide effort by major farm groups and agribusiness companies ask farmers to vow now to help stop the epidemic-like spread.

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Georgia FFA State Convention Coming To Macon May 1-3

(4/17/2014 8:26:30 AM)

The Georgia FFA Association will hold their 86th state convention, May 1-3, 2014, at the Macon Centreplex. More than 5,000 FFA members, advisors, sponsors and guests are expected to attend.

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Tifton Ag Engineer Solving Real Problems

(4/16/2014 10:20:23 AM)

George Vellidis has been fascinated by agricultural engineering since he was a high school student in Thessaloniki, Greece. As a professor with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Tifton, Vellidis is living out his childhood passion every day.

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USDA Announces Funding To Train, Educate Next Generation Of Farmers

(4/15/2014 10:45:57 AM)

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the availability of more than $19 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).

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UGA Research Helps Prevent Scab Damage To Peach Crop

(4/15/2014 10:44:48 AM)

Last summer's abnormally wet conditions could have caused serious problems for the state's peach crop, but thanks to University of Georgia researchers, scab disease issues were prevented.

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National 4-H Council Recognizes Sen. Saxby Chambliss

(4/15/2014 10:43:00 AM)

National 4-H Council has recognized Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) with the 4-H Champion for Kids Award during a 4-H Congressional Breakfast on Capitol Hill.

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UGA CAES Faculty Members Receive Walter Bernard Hill Awards

(4/15/2014 10:41:41 AM)

Two University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty have received Walter Barnard Hill Awards in recognition of their public service and outreach programs.

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