GFB YR&R Committee collecting change for Georgia food banks
County Farm Bureaus accepting donations until July 16.
Elementary FFA program applications due by June 30
At least six schools will be chosen to participate in three-year pilot program to gauge the viability of using the FFA education model at the elementary school level.
Court grants states' requested injunction against WOTUS rule
Suit in District Court of Southern Georgia was one of several around the country.
Senate Ag Committee passes farm bill, sends to full Senate
House is expected to vote on its version of farm bill by June 22.
"Thank you, Pops, for my farm raising"
Special words for Father's Day from GFB President Gerald Long
Goble named GFB Women's Program/AITC Coordinator
Goble replaces Donna Rocker, who retired in May after 31 years at GFB.
Chip Bridges leaving Georgia Ag Ed to return to classroom
After nine 13 years with the Georgia Department of Education, Bridges headed back to Lumpkin County.
SHEP gets full funding from federal government
Appropriations bill, Army Corps of Engineers work plan provide $85 million for work on Savannah Harbor in FY 2018.
Last chance to complete 2017 Census of Agriculture
Farmers and ranchers who have not responded by June 15 have until the end of July to complete the census online through the secure website found on the cover of their census form.
USDA resumes continuous Conservation Reserve Program sign-up
The FSA stopped accepting applications in fall 2017 for the CRP continuous signup to review available acres and avoid going over the 24 million-acre CRP cap.
Crop insurance deadline nears for Georgia cabbage growers
Coverage is available for growers in Brooks, Colquitt, Tift and Toombs counties.
Dairy Margin Protection Program application deadline extended
Upgraded program protects participating dairy producers when the margin between milk price and feed costs falls below levels of protection selected by the producer.
Promoting Rural Prosperity: What do farmers need from their workers?
Farmers need help to plant and harvest, but they also need people who can do a lot of other things year-round.
GFB poultry house inspections benefit growers
Inspecting poultry houses while they are being built allows us to monitor the construction process to ensure the contractors adhere to the modern building standards.
GFB brings host of Doc Talk to Ga. Food Animal Conferenc
Veterinary associations and ag organizations hosting the 4th Annual Georgia Food Animal Conference.
What farmers need to know about crop insurance & prevented planting
UGA College of Ag Economists outline pertinent information farmers need to know & act on if the spring rains have prevented them from planting their row crops
U.S. House votes down farm bill
Farm bill snagged by effort to force vote on unrelated bill.
GFB Foundation for Agriculture awards $13,500 in grants
County Farm Bureaus, FFA chapters and 4-H clubs will used grants to enhance public understanding of agriculture.
Dairy farmers have until June 1 to enroll in new MPP
Dairy support program has updated calculations, premiums and exemptions in place.
House Appropriations Committee approves SHEP funding
Work to deepen and extend Savannah Harbor shipping channel continues through a federal and state funding partnership.
USDA publishes new conservation eligibility rule
Rule eliminates DUNS and SAM requirements for farmers using NRCS programs.
USDA taking nominations for Cotton Board seats
Appointees will serve three-year terms from 2019 to 2021.
USDA appoints two Georgians to Peanut Standards Board
Appointees will serve remainder of three-year terms that end June 30, 2020.
ABAC receives certification for ag education program
ABAC expects to award its first bachelor's degrees in ag education in May 2019
U.S., China agree on measures to reduce U.S. trade deficit
China says it will buy more U.S. agricultural products.
Former State Rep. Robert Ray dies
Ray was a 2004 recipient of the Georgia Farm Bureau Commodity Award.
GFB Art & Essay Contest winners creatively explore Georgia ag
Cobb's Baxley wins art contest, Emanuel's Fennell claim top prizes
GFB urges Georgia delegation to support House farm bill
Long asks members to oppose amendments that would harm farm safety net.
U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee Approves ag spending bill
Bill provides agriculture and other funding for FY19.
Taylor joins GFB Public Policy Department
UGA graduate is a former county coordinator for Coffee County Extension.
May 31 is deadline to sign up for ginning cost share assistance
USDA extended deadline from May 11.
Court approves tobacco settlement agreement
Deadline to submit claims for shares of the settlement is May 26.
NASS conducting follow-up on 2017 Census of Agriculture
Results are to be released in February 2019
Georgia blueberry growers suffer second straight year of crop loss
March freeze followed by cool, windy April damaged fruit and blooms.
Bayer/Monsanto merger clears U.S. DOJ
Monsanto CEO stepping down after deal is finalized.
GFB Foundation for Agriculture awards $58,500 in scholarships
Students pursuing instruction in ag-related fields at University System of Georgia, Berry College, Emmanuel College and technical schools to receive awards.
Georgia FFA celebrates 90th year in style
Agriculture Secretary Perdue speaks, Gov. Deal signs bill during convention festivities.
Gov. Deal signs FFA expansion bill into law
Bill sets up pilot program to test FFA programs in elementary schools.
Georgia cattlemen initiate feasibility study
GFB one of several partners providing funding for study, which will be done by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.
National campaign branding pecans as The Original Supernut
Promotional push emphasizes nutrition benefits of pecans, America's only major native tree nut.
Georgia commodity commissions taking nominations for board seats
To be eligible, individuals must be an active producer of the specific commodity.
Georgia peanut growers pass referendum to continue GPC
Commission administers research, promotion and education about peanuts.
UGA CAES announces high school programs for summer 2018
Students get to explore agricultural topics through work with UGA faculty and students.
Mercer Medical School, UGA Extension work to recruit future doctors
Program hopes to address shortages of doctors in rural areas.
USDA launches rural development website
Site includes information about best practices in developing rural economies.
A lesson plan for consumers
Farmers say increasing agricultural knowledge by the general public should be a key topic taught in schools.
Celebrate your farm mom
Get your nominations in before April 30 for Monsanto's Farm Mom of the Year
Seed cotton and ginning cost share programs give growers what they need
USDA programs aim to provide relief for struggling cotton producers
Truckers hauling agricultural products get temporary waiver from ELD mandate
Livestock haulers' waiver extended until Sept. 30
GFB insurance policies follow UGA recommendations to protect poultry farmers' investement
Construction recommendations promote structural integrity of poultry houses
Georgia blueberry growers vote to continue assessment
Assessment funds activities of Agricultural Commodity Commission for Blueberries.
GFB plants seeds for Harvest 20 vision at Educational Leadership Conference
Herlong shares principles to live by, workshops present techniques to deliver agriculture lessons in schools.
House Ag Committee releases first draft of farm bill
Bill would include cotton eligibility for commodity programs. Current farm bill expires Sept. 30
May 1 deadline to apply for GFB Foundation for Agriculture grants
County Farm Bureaus, FFA and 4-H chapters eligible for grants to support classroom education, consumer awareness or leadership development
Americus livestock sale barn reopens April 30
Facility will host weekly sales on Mondays and will serve multiple counties surrounding Americus
Baby barn will offer cow and sow live births at Georgia National Fair
Livestock stakeholders, Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter board members and state officials break ground in April 11 ceremony.
Georgia Cotton Commission approves 2019 research funding
Projects center on cotton diseases, precision ag and more.
USDA launches rural broadband grant program
Grants intended to improve access to education and healthcare through faster internet connectivity.
AMS seeks comments on proposed peanut assessment change
National Peanut Board seeking adjustment to formula for determining assessment rates.
Transportation, traceability draw cattlemen's attention
Georgia Cattlemen's Association Convention features marketing discussion, sales.
Bills favorable to ag pass Georgia General Assembly
GATE, CUVA, water metering among issues addressed
China imposes tariffs on dozens of U.S. farm products
Pecans, pork and soybeans among affected commodities produced in Georgia
April 20 is Vidalia Onion Pack Date
Date based on soil and weather conditions during the growing season.
Georgia Peanut Commission increases research funding in 2018
GPC board approves 34 proposals from UGA and the USDA's Agricultural Research Service
Federal spending bill addresses multiple farm issues
Disaster assistance, emissions reporting, electronic logging devices for ag haulers key components of bill to fund federal government through Sept. 30.
Monroe County's James Vaughn named 2018 Georgia Farmer of the Year
Family raises cattle and horses, grows hay on 5,590 acres.
Goodson Pecans team wins top prize in Flavor of Georgia Contest
Honey Cinnamon Pecan Butter was winning recipe selected from 33 finalist entries.
Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter announces junior livestock ambassadors
Team of youth will help showcase the livestock and equine industries in Georgia.
NRCS, Flint River District taking climate resiliency applications
Farmers in 62 Georgia Counties invited to participate in project, which aims to improve water use efficiency, soil health, wildlife habitat among other goals.
NASS still accepting responses to Census of Ag
Federal law requires farmers' participation
EPA Administrator Pruitt to GFB: Water update near completion
Speech was part of GFB's Annual County Presidents' trip to D.C.
GFB Young Farmers & Ranchers visit Washington
Infrastructure and trade key topics of discussions with Sen. Perdue, Canadian embassy.
Georgia vegetable growers approve continued assessment
Assessment funds research, education and promotion projects.
GFB Foundation Gala attendees have a good laugh
Annual event, featuring comedian Jerry Carroll, celebrates youth livestock champions and raises money to support agriculture literacy and awareness.
GFB awards $14,000 to Georgia Junior National Grand Champions
Organization sponsored grand champion . prizes for seventh straight year.
Herlong headlines GFB Educational Leadership Conference
Regisration deadline is March 23 for event scheduled for April 13 and 14.
FMCSA extends ag waiver from ELD rule
Hours of service logging requirements at odds with animal welfare concerns that come with hauling livestock.
GFB taking entries for 2018 photo contest
Cash prizes will be awarded to top photos, which will be published in calendar and GFB magazines.
Seven Georgia educators selected for AFBF STEM program
Georgia teachers to attend professional development events in Fort Worth, Texas, and Portland, Oregon
Agribusinesses asked for input on future staffing needs
Survey being conducted by Agcareers.com on ehalf of the Agricultural Summit Initiative
Former State Rep. Amy Carter named to economic development post
Job will focus on efforts to help rural communities in Georgia.
SE Georgia EMC gets USDA loan for electric infrastructure
Loan will fund numerous projects in eight counties
Farmers: Nominate a local school for Monsanto grant
Grants intended to generate interest in STEM courses and career fields
Take farm safety seriously. Your life depends on it.
This week is Agricultural Safety Awareness Week
Registration open for YF&R Leadership Conference, competitive events
Annual summer event on Jekyll Island offers workshops, networking and a little fun in the sun.
Georgians invited to celebrate Agriculture Awareness Week
Daily activities the week of March 19-23 celebrate state's largest industry.
Nominations open for Farm Mom of the Year
Monsanto-sponsored contest to honor 10 regional winners.
May 1 is deadline to apply for cotton scholarships
Georgia Cotton Women sponsor two $1,000 scholarships for children and grandchildren of cotton producers.
Other ag scholarships ...
Daughters of American Agriculture, Syngenta and Growmark offering scholarships to support ag students
NASS still accepting responses in 2017 Census of Agriculture
Agency may follow up with mail, phone calls and home visits.
Northey sworn in to USDA undersecretary post
Iowan is former president of National Corn Growers Association and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
Stougaard named CAES assistant dean for research
New assistant dean will oversee research at seven research centers
Overall value of Georgia field crops increased in 2017
Improvement driven by value of cotton, peanuts and hay.
USDA launches opioid resource page
More than 63,000 Americans died from overdoses in 2016.
USDA offers cotton ginning cost share assistance
FSA to administer program to help cotton producers who were left out of farm bill safety net for 2016 crop year
Southern Ag loses champion as U.S. Senator Thad Cochran resigns
Mississippi Republican cites health concerns as reason for his retirement.
Members advocate for ag during GFB Day at the Capitol
Key topics included Georgia Agricultural Tax Exemption and the Conservation Use Value Assessment.
Budget bill gives relief to cotton and dairy producers
Bill extends funding for the government and set funding levels through 2019.
GFB Foundation awards $6,500 in grants to increase ag literacy
Ten county Farm Bureaus and three schools awarded money to support programs.
Newton school staffer, Paulding County Farm Bureau win AFBF prizes
Awards part of AFBF's White-Reinhardt program.
Equine champions honored in capitol ceremony
Group celebrated in Legislature, greeted by governor.
Georgia blueberry growers voting on commission
Referendum continues through March 30.
FFA members from across the country celebrating National FFA Week
Week chosen to include George Washington's birthday.
R.T. Stanley inducted into Vidalia Onion Hall of Fame
Stanley was a long-time president of Toombs County Farm Bureau.
GNFA chosen to host National Junior High Rodeo Finals
Fairgrounds in Perry will host the event in 2022 and 2023.
A Few Presidents Who Also Farmed
In honor of Presidents' Day, here is a quick look at a few of our past presidents who were also farmers.
Georgia Gubernatorial candidates speak to GFB members
Candidate forum was part of GFB Day at the Capitol on Feb. 13.
Hall GROWS wins AFBF award
Georgia had a strong presence at the AFBF convention where Hall County Farm Bureau as among 24 county Farm Bureaus nationwide selected to display exhibits about their innovative county programs.
Ag Forecast Series: Opportunities, challenges ahead for farmers
Consumers have growing amount of disposable income, which could improve market for farm products.
EPA, Army finalize WOTUS delay rule
Rule would push WOTUS applicability back to 2020.
Georgia vegetable growers to vote on continuation of assessment
March 2 is deadline to submit ballots
Doug Bailey named CAES assistant dean for academic affairs
Bailey has led the CAES Horticulture Department since 1999.
2nd District Cattle Show prepares exhibitors, promotes GFB
Cash prizes awarded to winners
Federal budget debate could delay advancement of farm bill
National cotton organizations give updates at Georgia Cotton Commission annual meeting
2017 Georgia Quality Cotton Award winners announced
Turner County's Rawlins takes top award
Deal appoints three to Georgia Forestry Commission
Two of three are reappointments.
State ag officials meet with Trump cabinet members
USDA, FDA agree to collaborate on Food Safety Modernization Act
Hensley named U.S. Poultry & Egg Association Chairman
New chairman is president of Fieldale Farms.
AFBF, NFU join in fight against opioid addiction
Two national farm groups launch Farm Town Strong campaign.
Georgia Department of Agriculture still accepting GATE renewals
Newtork issues caused disruptions in online renewals, the deadline for which has been extended to Jan. 15.
Federal disaster bill includes cotton farm bill provision
House passed supplemental appropriations bill on Dec. 21
Cofield joins GFB as national affairs coordinator
Cofield previously worked in the office of Rep. Rob Woodall
GFB appoints 2018 commodity committees
Committees offer guidance for organizational policy concerning their crops.
Nessmith named GFB Young Farmer Coordinator
Nessmith previously worked for the Georgia FFA Association.
March 2 is deadline to apply for GFB scholarships
Scholarships available for college freshmen, rising college juniors and seniors, technical college students and veterintary school students.
UGA names Fluharty head of Animal & Dairy Science Department
Currently at Ohio State, he'll join the UGA staff in May.
USDA announces FSA state committee appointees
Committees are responsible for carrying out FSA programs.
Under new leadership, SUDIA becomes The Dairy Alliance
Change a part of organization's new branding initiative.
NASS adjusts cotton production forecast
Yield not a high as thought in November
Georgia Cotton Commission announces annual meeting speakers
National cotton organization reps to update Georgia cotton growers
UGA College of Ag names Leslie Edgar head of ALEC
Edgar coming to Georgia from University of Arkansas
Georgia Cotton Commission presents 2017 King Cotton Awards
Awards recognize Extension agents who make significant contributions to Georgia cotton production.
House Ag Committee launches farm bill page
Page provides information and updates on the progress of the 2018 farm bill
Trump to speak at AFBF Convention
Duvall named to White House Advisory Council
Rural Development Council presents report
Group of state representatives study declining rural population and ways to facilitate economic growth.
Georgia Farm Bureau board sets 2018 priority issues
Organization to focus on taxes and budget, natural resources, defense of animal agriculture and general agricultural issues
Georgia Farm Bureau holds 80th Annual Convention
Organization conducts business, gives awards on Jekyll Island
GFB announces 2018 Board of Directors
Long to continue as GFB president, Fountain redesignated as 1st vice president
Georgia Farm Bureau presents state awards
Three counties receive prestigious McKemie Award.
Public Policy Breakout Sessions: Environmental Issues
EPA Ag Advisor: Agency focused on reform
Public Policy Breakout Sessions: Political Outlook
Harper: You've got to tell your story
Public Policy Breakout Sessions: Economic Outlook
Georgia Ag will lose if U.S. pulls out of NAFTA
Public Policy Breakout Sessions: Education outlook
UGA CAES, Vet School deans discuss initiatives
Georgia peach growers want colder weather this winter
Mild winter last year caused significant reduction in state's peach production
2017 Census of Ag underway
USDA sending out questionnaires
Georgia cotton growers asked to complete survey
Data will help farmers make more informed crop production decisions
USDA announces Pork Board appointments
Appointees tos erve three-year terms.
GFB YF competitive event winners bound for Nashville
Achievement Award, Discussion Meet and Excellence in Agriculture winners to compete for national honors.
GFB Public Policy Department welcomes Churchwell
Former Extension agent will be working as liaison between GFB and the state's commodity commissions.
Look for 2017 Census of Agriculture surveys by end of year
Ag census is taken every five years to provide comprehensive data about U.S. farms.
USDA changes Seg 2 peanut grading requirements
The Peanut Standards Board requested the change to reduce farmers’ financial risk. Segregation 2 peanuts usually account for less than 1 percent of the U.S. peanut crop,.
Farm bill safety net enrollment open for 2018 crop year
Enrollment lasts until Aug. 1, 2018, for ARC and PLC programs.
EPD begins installing water meters in Flint and Suwanee River basins
Metering program will allow collection of data on water use by farmers.
Savings Plus: We have an app for great savings
Georgia Farm Bureau members now have a modern on-the-go way to access their GFB member benefit - the Georgia Farm Bureau Savings Plus App.
Georgia National Fair attendance tops 467,000
The 28th Annual Georgia National Fair, held Oct. 5-15, featured a new 150-foot Ferris Wheel among its attractions and drew 467,584.
Sunbelt Expo celebrates 40th anniversary
The 40th Annual Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition celebrated all things ag, both new and old, with an eye toward the future.
Corn, cotton, soybean production forecasts down from September
USDA NASS October Crop Production Report forecasts significantly lower corn, cotton and soybean production in Georgia.
Motorists, farmers asked to look out for each other on roads
Georgia Department of Transportation data shows there were 494 crashes involving farm and construction vehicles in Georgia last year that killed 12 people and injured 185 others.
Newest Centennial Farms honored at Georgia National Fair
14 farm families were honored during the 25th annual Georgia Centennial Farm Awards Ceremony at the Georgia National Fair.
GFB submits comments on EPA's retooling of WOTUS rule
Georgia Farm Bureau submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about the agency's proposed changes to the "Waters of the U.S." (WOTUS) rule issued in 2015.
GFB members eligible for discounts on John Deere products
Georgia Farm Bureau is pleased to announce the launch of a new member benefit program for GFB members.
$58,000 in scholarships available through GFB Foundation for Ag
The GFB Foundation for Agriculture is offering scholarships for students pursuing careers in agriculture or a related field.
Increasing foreign ag productivity focus of roundtable
Sen. Johnny Isakson and Rep. Austin Scott hosted a roundtable discussion about addressing global hunger in a meeting on Sept. 21 in Tifton.
GA EPD eases watering limits, stresses year-round conservation
The Georgia EPD is easing outdoor water use restrictions in 55 counties, but noted that state law requires some statewide outdoor watering limits year-round.
Sunbelt Ag Expo Turns 40!
The Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition is celebrating a milestone this year, marking its 40th annual show, Oct. 17-19, and Georgia Farm Bureau is proud to have been an exhibitor at each of them!
Georgia pecan growers suffer 'generational loss' from Irma
Most of Georgia's dozens of agricultural commodities experienced damage from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma, but the state's pecan growers were hit particularly hard.
Georgia cotton growers will feel Irma effects throughout harvest
Georgia's cotton growers lost at least 10 percent of their crop to Tropical Storm Irma but yield losses are likely to reach 20 percent and higher as the season unfolds.
GFB President Gerald Long on Passing of Former Ag Commissioner Tommy Irvin
"Georgia farmers and Georgia Farm Bureau lost a longtime advocate and friend last night with the passing of former Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin. Commissioner Irvin was a fine gentleman and public servant, and he was steadfast in his support of
GFB hosts welcome home event for Ag Secretary Perdue
On Aug. 25, Georgia Farm Bureau hosted a luncheon to welcome U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue back to his home state.
GFB offering livestock liability signs
Georgia Farm Bureau is selling signs livestock owners can post to inform visitors of liability protections under a state law passed in the 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly.
WOTUS comment period extended; EPA to hold listening sessions
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have extended the period for public comment regarding the agencies' Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.
Chuck Williams named director of Georgia Forestry Commission
Oconee County Farm Bureau member Chuck Williams began serving as director of the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) Sept. 1.
Monsanto taking entries for charity program
Farmers in the counties below have until 6 p.m. Nov. 1 to register a charity of their choice in their county to win $2,500 in the America's Farmers Grow Communities program.
Colquitt County students win Georgia Cotton Women scholarships
Georgia Cotton Women has awarded two scholarships to outstanding Colquitt County High School (CCHS) students.
Conflict over water between states likely to continue
Water has been a subject of contention for Georgia farmers for decades.