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Hurricane Joaquin: North Carolina farmers warned to prepare
North Carolina farmers urged to clear drainage ditches, secure signage and loose objects, stock up on fuel and feed and to be prepared for hurricane conditions.
Florida man’s citrus scheme lands him in jail
Bradley D. Reiter booked into the Polk County Jail on multiple charges, including: scheme to defraud, grand theft and dealing citrus without a license.
National Peanut Board: Get to know the new members and alternates
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently appointed four members and five alternates to serve on the National Peanut Board. The appointees will serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2016, and ending on Dec. 31, 2018.
Emergency declared: Florida ramps up fight against fly
An agricultural emergency has been declared in Florida due to the Oriental Fruit Fly infestation in Miami-Dade County. It is considered one of the most serious of the world’s fruit fly pests due to its potential economic harm.
Sugarcane aphids: Sorghum farmers advised on late-season control
Sorghum producers are advised to scout grain sorghum fields now and treat sugarcane aphids as needed. The invasive insect shows up and causes the most damage late in the season, especially on double-crop sorghum plantings.
5 steps to better-cured, high-quality hay
Producers know high-quality forage reduces feed costs. But getting high-quality hay cured in a timely manner in the Southeast can be difficult. Weather can ruin good plans.
Southeast Hay Contest offers more, bigger prizes in 2015
The 2015 Southeastern Hay Contest has expanded its prize offerings greatly. Part of the Sunbelt Ag Expo, the contest will offer hay and baleage producers in the Southeast cash prizes and, in some cases, free use of Massey Ferguson hay equipment.
Peanut digging starts in Georgia ... in August?
It’s quite unusual for Georgia to dig peanuts in August due to later planting in the past years due to Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus, says Rome Ethredge, University of Georgia Extension coordinator in Seminole County.
EPA wants stronger standards, certification for pesticide applicators
The Environmental Protection Agency proposes stronger standards for pesticide applicators who apply “restricted-use” pesticides.
Federal measure to allow processing, transporting of legal industrial hemp
A provision in the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill will allow the processing of legally grown industrial hemp. The language would help farmers to transport legal industrial hemp between states so the crop can be developed for commercial purposes.
Texas-based National Pecan buys Georgia facility, moves to expand in Southeast
Texas-based National Pecan has bought Georgia-based Poulan Pecan Company. The purchase, which includes the Poulan Pecan Company processing facility and brand, is the first of its kind for National Pecan.
Georgia Grazing School set for Sept. 15-16
For something that seems so simple, there are a lot of moving parts and interacting pieces when it comes to grazing management. The Georgia Grazing School will be held on Sept. 15 and 16 in Carrollton, Ga., at the Carroll Co. Extension Office and Agri-Center.
Old world bollworm found in US poses serious risk to cotton, other crops
One male old world bollworm was collected in a Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey pheromone trap in Bradenton, Fla., June 17. This is the first time the serious agricultural pest has been detected in the U.S. outside of port interceptions.
House ag committee moves to amend U.S. Cotton Futures Act
H.R. 2620 would amend the United States Cotton Futures Act to allow for the development of certain new cotton futures contracts.
New grower-owned peanut shelling facility hires leader
Shelling will start in 2015 at Premium Peanut with 110,000 tons and is expected to grow to 140,000 tons within the first three years but could go much more.
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