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Ag News Roundup - August 9, 2018

Deadline Approaches for Continuous Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment (USDA FSA)
Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce reminds producers that the deadline to sign up for enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.


Farm Bureau Denounces Gag Rule Against NC Farmers, Neighbors (AFBF)
A judge’s order that forbids farmers and their neighbors from discussing abusive and predatory litigation must be overturned, lawyers for the American Farm Bureau Federation and North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation wrote in a brief filed in federal court Monday.


Farm Groups: Lift NC Gag Order (DTN / Progressive Farmer)
Farm Bureau groups argue the farmers whose livelihoods are most at risk cannot tell their stories to the press.


American Farm Bureau Details Farm Bill Priorities (AFBF)
In light of the steep, ongoing downturn in the farm economy, growing farm debt and lost access in some of farmers’ and ranchers’ biggest international markets, on-time completion of the farm bill is a must, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.


UGA researchers receive cotton, peanut grants (Albany Herald)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences plant breeders almost $1 million in grants this fiscal year to produce improved cotton and peanut varieties.


Rain impacting future food for cattle (WTOC-TV)
The recent rain has made farmers' jobs challenging.  It's not exactly hurting cows now, but it is impacting what they'll eat this winter.


DCHS grad brings passion for herd health back home (Dawson County News)
Dawson County High School graduate Seth Stowers recently came back to Dawson County to open his mobile veterinary clinic, Hillside Veterinary Services, which provides health services for food and herd animals.


Southeast Cotton Producers to See San Joaquin Valley Agriculture (National Cotton Council)
Eleven cotton producers from the Southeast, including two from Georgia, will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin Valley the week of August 13 as part of the NCC’s 2018 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program.


Officials Confirm EIA in Georgia Horses (
Three horses in Lamar County, Georgia tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA), the Equine Disease Communication Center reported Aug. 6.


Georgia Horses Test Positive for EEE (
The Equine Disease Communication Center reported Aug. 6 that multiple cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in Georgia horses.  The cases were confirmed in the following counties: Bleckley, Colquitt, Cook, Lowndes, Jenkins, and Wayne.


New faculty learning of UGA’s impact on state’s economy (Athens Banner-Herald)
This week, about 40 new University of Georgia faculty members embarked on a five-day tour of the state meant to showcase agriculture and agritourism, industry, innovation, the Georgia coast and its rural communities.


Albany non-profit works to bring fresh farm food to your table (WALB-TV)
Flint River Fresh has created programs that it said are designed to reach people where they already are with pop-up farm stands and something they call the "Fresh Box" that is a farm-to-table delivery program.

To watch a story about Flint River Fresh from the Farm Monitor, click here.


Cows help police catch suspect (WALB-TV)
The bovine assist started after a stolen SUV crashed near a pasture during a chase.  Video from a police helicopter shows a herd of around 16 cattle chasing the driver around the pasture.  The cows eventually cornered her at a fence, where officers arrested her.


Dairy Revenue Insurance Available October 9 from AFBIS (AFBF)
A new dairy insurance service from American Farm Bureau Insurance Services will bring an extra level of support to a dairy sector that has been battered by losses over the past four years.


UGA Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden honors Frank Williams for his unmatched work ethic (UGA CAES)
After more than 30 years, Frank Williams has retired from his position as the groundskeeper for the University of Georgia Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden (CGBG) at the Historic Bamboo Farm, but he still works there three days a week. Even at 75, he hasn’t slowed down.