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Ag News Roundup - August 13, 2018

USDA Forecasts Record High Corn Yield, Soybean Production (USDA)

U.S. farmers are expected to produce a record-high soybean crop and record corn crop yield this year, according to the Crop Production report issued Friday by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.


Southeast farmers on course to set records (Southeast Farm Press)

In Georgia, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service predicts double-digit increases in cotton, soybean and corn production for 2018.  And peach production is forecast for a 150% increase over 2017.


Tariffs could take a big toll on America's nut farmers (CNN)

Hefty tariffs imposed of U.S. pecans, almonds and other nuts are already causing troubles for growers in Georgia and across the country.


Agriculture needs more engineering students working for it (Southeast Farm Press)

Just 1 percent of the roughly 700,000 students enrolled in undergraduate college engineering programs across the country last year studied agricultural engineering. That’s a challenge for agriculture.


Poultry farmers invited to SBA public forum in Hall County (AccessWDUN)

The Small Business Administration will hold a public forum in Hall County on August 16 to hear from poultry farmers about what they need to finance their farms, and the relationship between the small farmers and the larger segments of the industry,


Tomato fight divides growers in Florida and the West Coast. Will it trip up NAFTA? (McClatchy Newspapers)

Tomato, strawberry and pepper growers in Florida and Georgia want help preventing Mexico from flooding the market with cheap imports during the winter, but growers on the West Coast fear Mexico would retaliate.


Sunnyland Farms in Albany reviving fall pecan festival (Albany Herald)

Sunnyland Farms, a national leader in mail-order and online pecan products sales, will be hosting its first Pecan Festival on October 27.


Busy July Boosts GPA Container Trade 12.7 Percent (Georgia Ports Authority)

The Georgia Ports Authority moved 378,767 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUS) in July, an increase of 12.7 percent, or 42,668 TEUs, compared to the same month last year. It was the second busiest month on record for the Port of Savannah.


Horse owner sends message to protect animals from mosquitoes (WALB-TV)

A South Georgia stable owner is sending a reminder to animal lovers tonight, after a horse tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Colquitt County.


Southwest Georgia farmers celebrate National Farmers Market Week (WFXL-TV)

All last week, farmers across southwest Georgia celebrated National Farmers Market Week.


Georgia 4-H's best compete for coveted Master 4-H'er title (UGA CAES)

Competing against their peers across the state, fifty Georgia 4-H members ultimately earned the coveted title of “Master 4-H’er” at the annual Georgia 4-H State Congress.