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Georgia collecting ag irrigation water-use data
During the month of December Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission staff, assisted by Georgia Forestry Commission, will be collecting water use data from meters installed on agricultural irrigation systems. Since 2003, more than 13,000 water meters have been installed to monitor agricultural water usage in Georgia.
Grafting: Symposium to showcase, teach benefits for Southeast vegetables
The 3rd National Vegetable Grafting Symposium: “Growing New Roots for the Vegetable Industry in the U.S.” will be Jan. 8, 2015 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in conjunction with the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference.
Program offers more disaster coverage for fruit, vegetables and other specialty crops
The new options provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops such as vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, and energy crops.
Cattle rustlers strike in Georgia
According to a Dec. 11 warning issued by the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, cattlemen need to monitor everything on their operations and report questionable activity.
Olam buys Georgia peanut sheller McCleskey Mills for $176 million
Olam International, a global agribusiness operation, announced Dec. 4 that it has signed a purchase agreement to acquire a 100 percent interest in Georgia-based peanut sheller McCleskey Mills at an enterprise value of $176 million.
Good fiber: US, Australian cotton under Cotton Leads deemed ‘biopreferred’
The technical innovation of cotton growers in Australia and the United States qualifies cotton fiber under the Cotton LEADS program, which promotes the responsible production practices of cotton grown in the two countries, as a 100 percent bio-based ingredient for textile and nonwoven products and meets the new requirements under the USDA BioPreferred Program guidelines.
Kentucky looking for hemp farmers for 2015 season
Kentucky’s Department of Agriculture is looking for Kentucky farmers interested in growing hemp next year as part of the state’s new program to reestablish hemp as a viable commodity, but growers will need to fill out the proper paperwork by Jan. 1.
December to bring warmer, wetter weather to Southeast
Based on the outlooks for temperature and precipitation from the Climate Prediction Center, it looks like the weather may be changing early in December to something warmer and wetter.
Fruit, vegetable industry not impressed with immigration executive order
President Obama's executive action to protect up to 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally from deportation doesn’t address the issue of an agricultural workforce. Growers still need a solution to help them gain access to a stable and secure workforce.
North Carolina launches AgBio[sphere] initiative
North Carolina has launched a new economic development platform naming the state as the “AgBio [sphere], the complete ecosystem for ag biotechnology” that seeks to educate prospective agricultural biotechnology ventures about North Carolina’s ag biotech assets while streamlining market entry for research and business interests.
What you need to know about new whole-farm revenue insurance
Whole-Farm Revenue Protection is a new policy called for in the 2014 Farm Bill and developed by the Risk Management Agency that will allow farmers to insure all of their crops, livestock, and nursery and greenhouse crops for a revenue loss with a single policy.
Cotton Incorporated’s crop seminar is Nov. 12 in Tifton, Ga.
Cotton Incorporated's Crop Management Seminar starts Nov. 12 in Tifton, Ga., and will include sessions on weeds, pests, water and updates on technology growers can use to help their 2015 bottom lines look a bit better.
Golden Peanut Company changes name, expands pecan interests
Golden Peanut is changing its name to Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts.
October will end with freezing temperatures in upper Southeast
Temperatures below freezing are predicted for large portions of northern Georgia on Saturday and Sunday mornings, with high temperatures on Saturday reaching only the upper 40s to mid-50s.
Federal agencies join to bolster Gulf of Mexico ecosystem after 2010 oil spill
A new partnership between federal agencies looks to invest more money into the restoration of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem in response to impacts as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.
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