Ag News

Ag News Roundup - September 11, 2018

Updated Outlook for the U.S. Farm Economy (American Farm Bureau)
Net farm income is projected at $65.7 billion - the third-lowest level over the last decade, behind 2016 and 2009.


Some Georgia farmers harvesting corn later this year (UGA CAES)
Rainy conditions this spring forced some Georgia corn farmers to plant their crop late this year. This late planting, combined with a very wet growing season, meant farmers harvested some corn crops a few weeks late.


NUTS: Newest cash crop in Floyd County (Rome News-Tribune)
Floyd County Extension Agent Keith Mickler believes it's the farthest north peanuts have been commercially produced in Georgia.


UGA C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park recognized for practicing water conservation (UGA CAES)
Thanks to its pledge to help farmers use irrigation more efficiently, the University of Georgia’s C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park has been included in the Georgia Water Coalition’s 2018 Clean 13 Report.


UGA researchers receive $5 million to help reduce energy costs of indoor farming (UGA CAES)
With the support of a $5 million grant, a UGA-led team is working to develop strategies to increase the efficiency of lighting for controlled-environment agriculture: the practice of growing plants in greenhouses or plant factories.


UGA Extension Academy sets out to train future extension leaders (UGA CAES)
A select group of University of Georgia Cooperative Extension employees has been chosen for the 2018-19 UGA Extension Academy for Professional Excellence — an internal program aimed at developing the next generation of leadership.


Georgia Southern’s Armstrong campus dining uses produce grown in its greenhouse (Bluffton Today)
When students at Georgia Southern University bite into a slice of pad thai on the Armstrong campus in Savannah, they might be chomping on Thai basil freshly harvested in the university’s aquaponics program.


Now serving: Locally grown peaches and hydroponic lettuce on the school lunch line (Macon Telegraph)
Featuring locally sourced items on the lunch menu is just one facet of the Baldwin County School District’s farm to school program, an initiative that just earned the district the platinum level Golden Radish Award.