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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.