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Ag News Roundup - August 21, 2018

WOTUS rule reinstated in 26 states (Feedstuffs)
The ruling is now allowed to take effect in 26 states where the WOTUS rule has not been blocked in a court order.


American Farm Bureau, Coalition Fight to Stop Illegal 2015 WOTUS Rule (AFBF)
The American Farm Bureau Federation and a broad coalition of business organizations have notified the federal district court in South Carolina they will appeal that court’s ruling that revived the overbroad, vague and illegal 2015 Waters of the United States Rule and made it the law of the land in 26 states.


Tolar Resigns as President of Georgia Agribusiness Council (Southeast Ag Net)
Georgia Agribusiness announced that Bryan Tolar has officially resigned from his seat as President effective August 31, 2018.


UGA drives agricultural success in Georgia (UGA)
New faculty at the University of Georgia learned why agriculture continues to be the state’s biggest economic driver and how UGA leads the way in helping Georgians sustain and improve commodities like peanuts, poultry, pecans and turf grass.


UGA Extension is now recruiting and training citizen scientists for Great Georgia Pollinator Census (UGA)
In 2019, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will undertake a first-of-its-kind statewide pollinator count - the Great Georgia Pollinator Census - to gauge the number of wild and domestic pollinators in the state, population distributions and health.


UGA offers crucial insect identification workshops (UGA)
The University of Georgia Structural Pest Management Program (SPM) hosts annual integrated pest management (IPM) workshops focused on the home to help pest control operators identify and manage household pests.


U.S. drops agriculture demand from NAFTA talks: Mexico farm lobby (Reuters)
The United States has dropped a contentious demand from the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement to impose restrictions on Mexican agricultural exports, Mexico’s top farm lobby said Sunday.


Applications are now being accepted for Peanut Leadership Academy Class XI (Ga Peanut Commission)
The Peanut Leadership Academy is a cooperative effort between Syngenta Crop Protection, the American Peanut Shellers Association and grower organizations.


Drinking milk at breakfast might help manage diabetes, study finds (The Independent)
Drinking milk in the morning may reduce blood glucose levels throughout the day, which could benefit those with type 2 diabetes, new research has found.  It may also cut the risk of obesity by reducing appetite at lunchtime.


UGA alumna helping harvest agricultural leaders (UGA)
Lauren Griffeth is an extension leadership specialist with the UGA Cooperative Extension and CAES, working with professionals inside and outside the college to build and improve leadership skills.  She also researches leadership development, specifically of women in agricultural leadership.


ABAC hopes 1,000 acres of land will help students grow (WALB-TV)
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is now into its second day of classes and is welcoming a new site with a 1,000 acres of land for many of its agricultural students.


Vaughn Farms is a labor of love and legacy (Monroe County Reporter)
James Vaughn grew up in Monroe County and grew his passion for farming on land his father, Butler Vaughn, bought in 1942.


Georgia vineyards prepare for wine grape harvest (Jackson Progress-Argus)
Georgia’s wine grape harvest will be a bit behind schedule, but the grapes look good and should produce quality wine.


UGA Peanut Team honors top peanut producers (Albany Herald)
The University of Georgia honored 15 of Georgia’s top peanut producers at the annual Georgia Peanut Achievement Club meeting on Jekyll Island recently. The meeting recognizes the state’s highest yielding peanut growers annually.