GFB News Magazine

A View from the Field
11/17/2021

A View from the Field

Looking forward to reconnecting at GFB Convention

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Growing Christmas cheer
11/17/2021

Growing Christmas cheer

Christmas is year-round work for Windham Greenhouses in Laurens County

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Georgia Farm Bureau Middle School Bookmark Contest and High School Art Contest
11/16/2021

Georgia Farm Bureau Middle School Bookmark Contest and High School Art Contest

Feb. 25, 2022, is deadline to submit entries for both contests to local Farm Bureau offices.

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Tripp & Taylor leading Georgia FSA & Rural Development
11/14/2021

Tripp & Taylor leading Georgia FSA & Rural Development

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Ruark reflects on Farm Bureau journey
11/14/2021

Ruark reflects on Farm Bureau journey

GFB 4th District director stepping down after 48 years of service on board.

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Huffmaster to retire, capping a 40-year GFB career
11/14/2021

Huffmaster to retire, capping a 40-year GFB career

Huffmaster played a key role as GFB led the charge to defend farmers’ sales tax exemptions on farm inputs.

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UGA, Florida teams win Advocacy in Action top prizes
11/13/2021

UGA, Florida teams win Advocacy in Action top prizes

Competition designed to put students in simulations where they promote their policy stance with elected officials.

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Natalie Murray wins GFB teaching award
11/13/2021

Natalie Murray wins GFB teaching award

Ag in the Classroom Update

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11/13/2021

Talton, Murphree leading GFB Field Services Department

Talton has worked with GFB since 2014 and succeeds Dennis Black as Field Services Director.

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Ga. goat & lamb winners showed up & showed out
11/12/2021

Ga. goat & lamb winners showed up & showed out

GFB sponsors the species grand champion prizes for shows held Oct. 8-10

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Georgia National Fair comes back full tilt
11/12/2021

Georgia National Fair comes back full tilt

After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the fair roared back to life at full throttle from Oct. 7-17.

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Hennebelle named Georgia’s new state veterinarian
11/11/2021

Hennebelle named Georgia’s new state veterinarian

Hennebelle will oversee the Animal Health Division of the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) while managing GDA staff veterinarians.

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Bennett & Fulwood join GFA staff
11/11/2021

Bennett & Fulwood join GFA staff

Bennett and Fulwood will set the Georgia Ag Experience’s schedule as it travels to schools and events statewide.

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Georgia Foundation for Agriculture recognizes third-quarter donors.
11/11/2021

Georgia Foundation for Agriculture recognizes third-quarter donors.

For more information on giving to the GFA, please visit http:// gafoundationag.org/JoinUs. html.

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GFB Commodity Conference speakers upbeat about agriculture
09/08/2021

GFB Commodity Conference speakers upbeat about agriculture

Commodity Advisory Committees consider recommendations for GFB policy on farm issues.

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Follow safety precautions around PTOs & hydraulics to prevent farm accidents
09/05/2021

Follow safety precautions around PTOs & hydraulics to prevent farm accidents

Farmers need to exercise safety measures when working with equipment powered by PTOs.

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Oct. 31 deadline to enter GFB Hay Contest
08/31/2021

Oct. 31 deadline to enter GFB Hay Contest

Use of a Vermeer 604R baler top prize.

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Georgia Foundation for Agriculture thanks donors
08/28/2021

Georgia Foundation for Agriculture thanks donors

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High school artists capture beauty of Georgia agriculture
08/27/2021

High school artists capture beauty of Georgia agriculture

Ag in the Classrom Update

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Former GFB President Wayne Dollar passes
08/26/2021

Former GFB President Wayne Dollar passes

Dollar served on GFB Board of Directors for 18 years, including as president from 1994 to 2006

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GFB awards prizes to GA Jr. National Livestock Grand Champions
08/25/2021

GFB awards prizes to GA Jr. National Livestock Grand Champions

GFB President Tom McCall and GFB Field Services Associate Director Clay Talton personally presented winners with their belt buckles and prize checks.

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Supreme Court rules for Georgia in water lawsuit
05/27/2021

Supreme Court rules for Georgia in water lawsuit

Court agreed with special master's conclusion that Florida failed to make a case.

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Gov. Kemp backs rural Ga. by signing ag & forestry bills
05/25/2021

Gov. Kemp backs rural Ga. by signing ag & forestry bills

Ceremony at GFB office on May 7 addressed farm tax exemptions, agricultural commodity commissions and forestry.

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David Scott chairing U.S. House Ag Committee
03/09/2021

David Scott chairing U.S. House Ag Committee

Experiences on farm, in Ga. Legislature helped him grow into who he is.

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Dickey, Walker chairing Georgia Ag Committees
03/08/2021

Dickey, Walker chairing Georgia Ag Committees

GFB looks forward to working with new leaders

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UGA economists deliver 2021 outlook for Georgia crops
03/07/2021

UGA economists deliver 2021 outlook for Georgia crops

Online comparison tool available to guide row crop farmers in decision-making.

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National FFA President Harper: Different  methods, same goals
03/05/2021

National FFA President Harper: Different methods, same goals

Nationwide travel has given way to virtual meetings for Newton County's Doster Harper.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information
03/03/2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

State ag organizations provide info about vaccine and healthy practices on the farm.

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GFB looking for Georgia Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year
02/26/2021

GFB looking for Georgia Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year

National AITC Conference begins June 28 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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View from the Field
11/11/2020

View from the Field

A parting note from GFB President Gerald Long

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Nick Place to begin leading UGA CAES on Jan. 1
11/09/2020

Nick Place to begin leading UGA CAES on Jan. 1

Technical training, advanced research among incoming dean's top priorities

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West Georgia partnership seen as possible model for rural broadband
09/09/2020

West Georgia partnership seen as possible model for rural broadband

Survey shows 80.3% of rural Georgians have access to fixed terrestrial broadband internet service.

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Farm Bureau presents Rep. Bishop Golden Plow Award
09/02/2020

Farm Bureau presents Rep. Bishop Golden Plow Award

Award recognizes sitting members of Congress for their representation of farmers and ranchers.

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Salter named GFB 10th District Federation Manager
08/31/2020

Salter named GFB 10th District Federation Manager

Salter succeeds Michael Purvis, who moved into a GFB insurance role in Irwin County.

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State ag budget takes cuts, but it could have been worse
08/29/2020

State ag budget takes cuts, but it could have been worse

GFB Public Policy launches Digging In webinar series

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Richey Seaton retires from Georgia Cotton Commission
08/28/2020

Richey Seaton retires from Georgia Cotton Commission

Sills, Snider take new staff positions

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CDC, DOL release COVID-19 guidance for ag workers
08/27/2020

CDC, DOL release COVID-19 guidance for ag workers

The recommendations outline a template of action ag employers can adopt to protect ag workers from COVID-19.

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Agricultural Commodity Commission Referendums pass
08/25/2020

Agricultural Commodity Commission Referendums pass

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GFB mourns loss of Childs, former Farm Bureau leader
08/24/2020

GFB mourns loss of Childs, former Farm Bureau leader

Jackson County native served as GFB 1st Vice President from 1994 to 2008.

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GFB Young Farmers & Ranchers experience D.C.
05/24/2020

GFB Young Farmers & Ranchers experience D.C.

Thirty YF&R members participated in the four-day program that included meetings with AFBF lobbyists, AFBF President Zippy Duvall, USDA, EPA, members of the House Ag Committee, Georgia congressmen and staff from the two Georgia senators.

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Georgia's latest Centennial Farms inducted
11/10/2019

Georgia's latest Centennial Farms inducted

Award honors farms in operation for 100 years or more.

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Motorists, farmers urged to be cautious on road
11/09/2019

Motorists, farmers urged to be cautious on road

GFB, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Governor's Office of Highway Safety push to reduce accidents involving farm equipment.

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Campaign underway to drive ag across Georgia
11/07/2019

Campaign underway to drive ag across Georgia

Georgia Foundation for Agriculture, GFB working to make Mobile Ag Classroom a reality

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This peach didn't fall far from the tree
08/20/2019

This peach didn't fall far from the tree

Robert Dickey III is the 2019 Sunbelt Expo Georgia Farmer of the year

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Ag program sprouts at Emmanuel College
05/23/2019

Ag program sprouts at Emmanuel College

Emmanuel Colleges ag program offers a bachelor’s degree in diversified agriculture with one of four concentrations – ag business, ag science, ag communications and ag missions. The school is considering adding an ag education degree.

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Experts offer tips for managing forage land in wet conditions
05/23/2019

Experts offer tips for managing forage land in wet conditions

The Georgia Forages Conference, held during the 2019 Georgia Cattlemen's Association Annual Meeting, offered information for forage producers to take into consideration following the extremely wet winter of 2018-2019.

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Bruce wins AFBF Collegiate Discussion Meet
05/23/2019

Bruce wins AFBF Collegiate Discussion Meet

Bruce qualified for the national competition by being the top collegiate finisher in the 2018 GFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Discussion Meet at the GFB YF&R Leadership Conference.

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Georgia Farm Bureau Needs You
05/23/2019

Georgia Farm Bureau Needs You

Column from Georgia Farm Bureau President Gerald Long; Farm Bureau is doing meaningful work to keep Georgia’s farms thriving. These farms create jobs and support businesses that keep rural economies alive.

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GFB Foundation awards $57,000 to ag scholars
05/23/2019

GFB Foundation awards $57,000 to ag scholars

The selected students must intend to pursue or be pursuing degrees in agriculture, forestry or family and consumer sciences.

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UGA ag school among nations's best
02/19/2019

UGA ag school among nations's best

Dean Pardue briefs Ag Forecast attendees on enrollment and research innovations at CAES.

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Trump: 'Farmers are the backbone of our country'
02/19/2019

Trump: 'Farmers are the backbone of our country'

President speaks at AFBF Convention, discussing border wall, trade, rural broadband and regulations

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EPA's Wheeler outlines new WOTUS rule
02/15/2019

EPA's Wheeler outlines new WOTUS rule

In a Feb. 6 visit in McDuffie County, the acting EPA administrator shares guiding principles and summarizes what is a Water of the United States and what is not a water of the United States.

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Rain pushes '18 cotton harvest into '19
02/15/2019

Rain pushes '18 cotton harvest into '19

Georgia cotton producers in some cases were still harvesting the 2018 crop in February and a variety of weather-related problems cost them a big portion of their crop.

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Rural Pain: Opioid Crisis hits hard in the country
02/15/2019

Rural Pain: Opioid Crisis hits hard in the country

Addiction and overdoses are a rampant problem in rural areas, where a seemingly insignificant injury can have wide-ranging adverse affects.

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Miracle of birth displayed at Georgia National Fair
11/23/2018

Miracle of birth displayed at Georgia National Fair

The Georgia Grown Baby Barn at the 2018 Georgia National Fair in October drew crowds to witness the miracle of birth.

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GFB Commodity Award presented to Chambliss
11/22/2018

GFB Commodity Award presented to Chambliss

Former U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss received the 2018 Georgia Farm Bureau Commodity Award during the organization’s annual commodity conference.

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Meter data shows farmers using water responsibly
11/20/2018

Meter data shows farmers using water responsibly

Data collected from the meters on thousands of irrigation pivots in Georgia show farmers are using water wisely to irrigate their crops.

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Bringing processing & markets closer to farms key to ag economic development
11/20/2018

Bringing processing & markets closer to farms key to ag economic development

In the final installment of our Rural Prosperity Series, we look at how a reopened livestock barn provides farmers with a local market and helps the regional economy.

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Country goes to town
08/07/2018

Country goes to town

Travel to Newnan to see a collection of farm animal sculptures displayed on the city’s downtown square.

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GFB tailors insurance coverage for each poultry farm’s needs
08/06/2018

GFB tailors insurance coverage for each poultry farm’s needs

Learn how GFB agents work to make certain the insurance coverage it offers poultry growers covers the specific needs of each farm.

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The farmers’ disconnect: Slow or no internet a constant headache
08/03/2018

The farmers’ disconnect: Slow or no internet a constant headache

In the fourth installment of our Rural Prosperity Series, we look at the problems farmers are having due to the lack of broadband in rural Georgia.

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Cabes, Creasy, Lewallen win YF&R competitive events
08/02/2018

Cabes, Creasy, Lewallen win YF&R competitive events

One of the highlights of the annual YF&R summer conference is the discussion meet contest and announcement of the winners of the YF&R Excellence in Agriculture Award and YF&R Achievement Award.

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GFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Gain Ground at summer conference
08/01/2018

GFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Gain Ground at summer conference

Speakers at the annual conference told young farmers how to gain ground in the areas of business, advocacy, education and policy. The winners of the three YF&R competitive events were announced.

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Young Farmer & Rancher Achievement Award Profile: Mitchell and Becky Pittman
07/27/2018

Young Farmer & Rancher Achievement Award Profile: Mitchell and Becky Pittman

The Pittmans grow vegetables and fruit and have a roadside farm market in Toombs County

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Young Farmer & Rancher Achievement Award profile: Will and Heather Cabe
07/27/2018

Young Farmer & Rancher Achievement Award profile: Will and Heather Cabe

The Cabes raise poultry cattle and hay on their farm in Franklin County.

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Young Farmer & Rancher Achievement Award profile: Elton Baldy
07/27/2018

Young Farmer & Rancher Achievement Award profile: Elton Baldy

Baldy grows vegetables and row crops on his farms in and around Colquitt County.

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GFB plants seeds for Harvest 20
06/15/2018

GFB plants seeds for Harvest 20

Get tips from the GFB Educational Leadership Conference for county ag literacy programs.

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The Original Supernut
06/14/2018

The Original Supernut

Georgians are familiar with pecans & eat them year-round. Most consumers, however, only think of pecans in terms of pies at Thanksgiving or Christmas. The American Pecan Council has launched a national campaign highlighting the virtues of pecans.

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Georgia National Fair to feature live cow & sow births
06/13/2018

Georgia National Fair to feature live cow & sow births

Everyone who attends the Ga. National Fair, Oct. 4-14 can see calves & piglets being born at the Georgia Grown Baby Barn.

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Ag Educator Workshops show teachers how to meet STEM requirements using ag
06/11/2018

Ag Educator Workshops show teachers how to meet STEM requirements using ag

Another crop of teachers were introduced to the Ag in the Classroom (AITC) Program during two Ag Educator Workshops held in Laurens and Paulding counties this spring.

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GFB brings host of Doc Talk to Ga. Food Animal Conference
06/08/2018

GFB brings host of Doc Talk to Ga. Food Animal Conference

Veterinary associations and ag organizations hosted the 4th Annual Georgia Food Animal Conference

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Promoting Rural Prosperity: What do farmers need from their workers?
06/07/2018

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.

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GFB poultry house inspections benefit growers
06/07/2018

GFB poultry house inspections benefit growers

Inspecting poultry houses while they are being built allows GFB to monitor the construction process to ensure the contractors adhere to the modern building standards.

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GFB insurance policies follow UGA recommendations to protect poultry farmers’ investment
04/30/2018

GFB insurance policies follow UGA recommendations to protect poultry farmers’ investment

The Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company has adopted construction recommendations made by the UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences that promote the structural integrity of poultry houses.

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GFB poultry house guidelines based on UGA recommendations
02/16/2018

GFB poultry house guidelines based on UGA recommendations

Georgia Farm Bureau’s Mutual Insurance Company (GFB MIC) is a longtime supporter of Georgia’s poultry farmers and was one of the first Georgia insurance companies to offer coverage for poultry operations.

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