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GFB accepting proposals for ag research grants

Grants are part of GFB's Harvest 20 Vision; studies should focus on agricultural issues specific to Georgia.

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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.

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House Ag Committee releases first draft of farm bill

Bill would include cotton eligibility for commodity programs. Current farm bill expires Sept. 30

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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


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.


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 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.


seed cotton, farm bill, Bipartisan Budget Act, UGA

What farmers need to know about cotton and generic base in Bipartisan Budget Act

Seed cotton designated as a covered commodity under the 2014 farm bill.


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.


Duck, avian influenza, backyard poultry

Avian flu virus detected in wild ducks on Georgia coast

Samples taken from ducks in December, poultry growers urged to follow biosecurity measures.


Peanut Farm Show, Peanut awards, Georgia Peanut Commission

Farm bill, crop tips & awards highlight annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show

Event sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission drew more than 1,300.


NASS, Georgia crop production

NASS: Georgia peanut growers produce record crop

State's cotton and hay production increased from 2016 to 2017.


Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association, Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference, food safety, roadside stands

SE Fruit & Vegetable Conference features food safety products

Roadside stand operators get guidelines on FSMA rules.


ABAC Young Farmers, Cattle Show

ABAC Young Farmers host 4th Annual Cattle Show

Georgia Farm Bureau sponsored top prizes.


Phil Redding, obit, Georgia Farm Bureau

Former GFB state director Phil Redding dies

Memorial service to be held Jan. 26.


AFBF, NFU join in fight against opioid addiction

Two national farm groups launch Farm Town Strong campaign.


Sunbelt Expo, Gina McDonald, Becca Turner

Sunbelt Expo announces staff changes

Marketing/communications officer Gina McDonald retiring.


FFA, Tractor Supply, Grants for Growing

Tractor Supply, FFA taking Grants for Growing applications

Retail farm supply chain to sell paper emblems in support of FFA.


Georgia Pork Producers

Georgia Pork Producers Association meeting and NPP election

All Georgia swine producers invited to attend.


America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, Monsanto, scholarships

Feb. 1 deadline to apply for Monsanto scholarships

More than $500,000 to be distributed to deserving students.


GFB, AFBF Convention, Hall GROWS, Reba McEntire

AFBF Convention transforms GFB attendees

Reba McEntire delivers keynote address, Hall County recognized for outstanding program.


GFB policy, AFBF convention

GFB policy adopted by AFBF voting delegates

GFB's policy submissions included international trade, farm bill programs and ag labor.


Donald Trump, AFBF convention

Trump announces plans to expand broadband in rural areas

President praises farmers for work ethic and self reliance.


Sonny Perdue, NAFTA

Ag Secretary Perdue talks trade and first-year accomplishments

Speech includes discussion of NAFTA negotiations.


NAFTA, U.S., Canada, trade

U.S., Canadian ag officials discuss NAFTA

Canada's MacAulay: No two nations are more interdependent for economic prosperity than the U.S. and Canada.


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.


Georgia Farm Bureau, GFB Convention, Jekyll Island

GFB Members headed to Jekyll Island for 80th Annual Convention

Sessions include speeches from Long, Deal; workshops address topics appllicable to broad spectrum of commodities.


American Farm Bureau Federation, Georgia Farm Bureau, GFB, AFBF, Young Farmers & Ranchers, Achievement Award, Excellence in Agriculture, Discussion Meet

GFB YF competitive event winners bound for Nashville

Achievement Award, Discussion Meet and Excellence in Agriculture winners to compete for national honors.


Georgia Association of Conservation Districts, feral hogs, trapping

Workshop goes whole hog on feral pig issue

Participants hear information on diseases, property damage and control strategies.


Hurricane Irma, NRCS, EQIP

GA NRCS announces special sign-up for Irma relief

Assistance is available under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program


Soybean, United Soybean Board, USDA

USDA announces Soybean Board appointments

Appointments include 19 new members and three alternates.



DOT grants temporary ag waiver from ELD rule

Ag groups concerned about conflict between hours of service rules and animal welfare concerns


U.S. ag exports

U.S. farm exports reach third-highest level on record

Ag trade surplus reaches $21.3 billion.


Georgia Peanut Commission, GPC

Georgia Peanut Commission nomination meetings set

GPC seeking to fill terms in two of its five districts


Georgia Farm Bureau, GFB

GFB Policy Development Committee meets

Committee completes second round of work toward finalizing organization's policy agenda for 2018.


H-2A, farm labor

Ag labor forum provides key training for Georgia growers

Complying with H-2A requirements was a primary topic


GFB, Georgia Farm Bureau, ag transport, comments

Comments needed by Nov. 30 to prevent federal ELD mandate

Hours of service requirements are scheduled to go into effect on Dec. 18


Georgia Farm Bureau, GFB, Farm Service Agency, FSA, Tas Smith

Tas Smith named FSA state director

Smith worked with Georgia Farm Bureau for the past 12 years helping to communicate farmers' concerns to lawmakers.


USDA, Rural Development, Georgia Rural Development, Joyce White

USDA appoints Joyce White Ga. rural development director

White worked for Sonny Perdue during his term as Georgia governor.


GFB Public Policy Department welcomes Churchwell

Former Extension agent will be working as liaison between GFB and the state's commodity commissions.


Forage, livestock, honey, apple, blueberry, peach, RMA, crop insurance

Crop insurance deadline nears for multiple Georgia crops

Producers wishing to apply for or change their crop insurance policies should contact the USDA's Risk Management Agency


NASS, cotton, peanuts, corn, soybeans, Georgia farmers

Crop report: Georgia peanut farmers on pace for record crop

Cotton sustained damage from Irma but still expected to have bigger crop than in 2016.


Irma, USDA, disaster declarations

Georgia counties receive disaster declarations due to Irma

A total of 108 counties qualify for USDA assistance programs under the declaration.


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.


Georgia Farm Bureau, Georgia Southern, Georgia Southern Eagles, Georgia Southern Football, Ag Game

Georgia Southern holds second annual Ag Game

Celebration of Georgia agriculture held in conjunction with GS football game.


UGA, Flavor of Georgia

Registration open for 2018 Flavor of Georgia Contest

Annual food product contest helps food entrepreneurs break into new markets.


Sheep, scrapie, USDA, scrapie tags

APHIS only providing free metal scrapie tags

Owners can still get plastic tags from approved manufacturers


CRP, conservation, USDA

USDA processing pending CRP offers; most 2018 offers suspended

Pollinator Habitat Initiative has met its acreage enrollment goal.



USDA withdraws proposed GIPSA rule

Rule sought to clarify what constitutes unfair, discriminatory or deceptive practices, but drew mixed reactions from farmers.


Dicamba, weed control

EPA, herbicide manufacturers reach agreement on dicamba

Some states experienced drift problems associated with application of weed-control product. There have been no reports of issues in Georgia.


Tobacco, U.S. tobacco, settlement

U.S. Tobacco reaches settlement over reserve funds

Growers in several southern states, including Georgia, are eligible to shares of the total settlement of $24 million.


UGA, UGA Extension, Water, research, educators

Water educators join UGA Extension

Formerly part of the Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission, the educators will work with researchers, economists and other experts to improve water quality.


FFA, Georgia FFA, Ian Bennett, CDE

Georgia students shine at National FFA Convention

Numerous Georgia chapters and individuals walked away with top awards.


Peanuts, Georgia Peanut Commission, Outstanding Young Peanut Farmer

GPC taking nominations for outstanding young peanut farmer

Applications due at Georgia Peanut Commission office no later than Dec. 15.


Common Market Georgia, small farms, wholesale produce

Non-profit group offers small farmer wholesale opportunity.

Common Market Georgia works with local farmers to develop supply of fresh produce for Atlanta-area institutions.


Georgia Junior National, goats, lambs, Georgia National Fair, Georgia Farm Bureau

GFB presents grand prizes for Jr. National goat and lamb winners

Show featured 673 students showing more than 1,300 animals.


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.


ag in the classroom

GFB accepting applications for AITC Teacher of the Year

Georgia Farm Bureau is accepting applications for the Georgia Ag in the Classroom 2017 Teacher of the Year Award.


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.