Ag News

Ag News Roundup - August 1, 2018

Agricultural tariffs could impact Middle Georgia soybean growers (WGXA-TV)
While soybeans aren't the midstate's biggest crop, Andy Lucas with the Georgia Farm Bureau said they're important to a large part of the state.


Trump administration announces $12B plan to help farmers hurt by tariffs (WMAZ-TV)
$12 billion could be used to help farmers around the country, but Andy Lucas with the Georgia Farm Bureau says Georgians likely won't see the bulk of it.

U.S. says farmers could get cash aid by October but will not be made whole (Reuters)
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue warned that the cash payments from a planned aid package will not completely make up for the effects of the Chinese tariff.


GA farmers lobbying in Washington to find solution for high pecan tariff (WALB-TV)
Members of the Georgia Pecan Growers Association are meeting with lawmakers in Washington, explaining the effects of China’s increased pecan tariffs.


Georgia pecan crop sizing up well despite increased scab pressure (Pecan Report)
Growers are working around the clock in Georgia to keep scab fungus at bay.


USDA Designates Georgia Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas (USDA FSA)
Georgia agricultural producers who suffered losses and damages due to recent natural disasters may be eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency emergency loans. The loans are made available for losses caused by two separate freeze events in March and April 2018.


Hwy. 17 added to Georgia Grown Trail (Brunswick News)
Ceremonial ribbon-cutting held last week to commemorate all of U.S. 17 in Georgia being named the newest “Georgia Grown Trail”, to celebrate agriculture and agri-tourism along the route.


Cotton consumption on pace to set all-time world record (Southeast Farm Press)
An increase in cotton consumption to record levels could lead to as much as a 7 million bale shortfall in 2018.


Georgia Cotton Growers Highlight Sustainability & Efficiency to Manufacturers (Georgia Cotton Commission)
Earlier this month, representatives of Wal-Mart, Hanes Brands, and Fruit of the Loom traveled to Georgia to see first-hand how efficient cotton production is here in Georgia.


USDA Opens Election Period for Seed Cotton Program (USDA FSA)
The USDA has announced that seed cotton producers, who want to participate in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2018 crop year, may now submit applications. The signup period begins today and ends on Dec. 7, 2018.


Dancing, inflatable tube man helps to keep birds off of UGA's research blueberries (UGA CAES)
He’s no farmer, but University of Georgia blueberry scientist Scott NeSmith still has to keep birds away from his blueberry crop so he can research and breed new varieties for Georgia growers. His latest trick - using a dancing, inflatable tube man to scare the birds


Big changes for State Farmers Market (Clayton News-Daily)
Renovations underway to update the facility, better accommodate modern needs.


What Is a Genetically Modified Crop? A European Ruling Sows Confusion (NY Times)
Many scientists disappointed by EU court ruling that gene-edited crops must be considered genetically modified organisms and must follow tough GMO regulations.


Unique farm-to-table program rolls out on Georgia Southern’s Armstrong Campus Fall 2018 (Georgia Southern)
Select dining options will be just-off-the-farm fresh on Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong Campus in Savannah beginning Fall 2018, thanks to a unique in-house partnership.


UGA Extension gives rural residents access to life-saving health education (UGA CAES)
UGA Extension agents and specialists develop programs that help families to engage in physical activity, decrease obesity, live with cancer and diabetes, prepare meals safely, and eat healthily while stretching their food dollars.


The toughest IT job to fill in Georgia is one farmers could use (Saporta Report)
Experts in artificial intelligence help devise tools that one agricultural user says can enable farmers to, “feed the world without wrecking the climate.”