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Georgia Farm Bureau holds 80th Annual Convention

Organization conducts business, gives awards on Jekyll Island

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GFB announces 2018 Board of Directors

Long to continue as GFB president, Fountain redesignated as 1st vice president

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Georgia peach growers want colder weather this winter

Mild winter last year caused significant reduction in state's peach production

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2017 Census of Ag underway

USDA sending out questionnaires


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 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.