The Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award is one of the most prestigious awards in U.S. agriculture. Each year, ten Southern states pick one farmer each to represent it in the program. One farmer is picked as the top in the region. The honor is big, and the prizes aren’t shabby.
In the era of genome sequencing, we find that nature is the most prolific gene splicer of all. Although the DNA changes made by gene splicing resemble those made by nature, GMOs are set aside for safety testing....More
While experts already know how the kudzu bug spends its summers – destroying crops by munching on kudzu vines and other hosts, including soybeans – researchers want to know more about how these insects spend their winter....More
This year’s Virginia Ag Expo featured a self-paced tour which allowed the more than 1,800 participants to discuss firsthand with Virginia Tech experts the issues they face in producing crops in Virginia....More
The Golden LEAF Foundation gave North Carolina State University a tremendous boost forward, awarding a $45 million grant that will help support a new research facility for the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative....More
The deans of the Colleges of Agriculture at Auburn University, the University of Georgia and Mississippi State University all agree that higher education will continue to play a vital role in the future of U.S. agriculture...More
A Scientific Advisory Panel is questioning EPA’s proposed use of a controversial Columbia University epidemiological study as the basis for a decision on whether to cancel pesticide registrations....More
The challenge of double-crop soybean production is that yields often don’t keep up with full season yields which is why an initiative was launched two years ago to increase yields in double- crop small grain/soybean systems across the Mid-Atlantic....More
Though dozens of exhibitors, industry reps and Extension specialists provide useful information for attendees at the Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day each year, there were a few particularly interesting things said at this year’s event.
Many producers can have excellent weather with few pest or weed problems and still find themselves straddling the line between profitability and losing money because of their planting decisions....More
The problem of invasive species will likely get worse before it gets better and agriculture must take action now to manage the possible onslaught of new organisms, new insects and new diseases that is expected to escalate, says a University of Georgia plant pathologist....More