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Ag News Roundup - October 3, 2018

UGA's 2018 peanut tour showcases southeast Georgia's peanut industry (UGA CAES)
When people think of Georgia peanuts, they often think of the thousands of acres planted on the western half of the coastal plain. But the truth is that east Georgia boasts its share of peanuts as well.


Proud to be a Farmer: Different parts of world learning how to farm peanuts (WTOC-TV)
If you grow a better peanut, the world will beat a path to your door. That was evident last week as South Georgia hosted the Georgia Peanut Commission Tour.


USDA Announces Ag Census Response Rate, Release Details (US AgNet)
The 71.5 percent response rate for 2017 came in below the 74.5 percent response rate for the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Data from the 2017 Census of Agriculture is scheduled to be released starting on February 21, 2019, in conjunction with the 2019 Agricultural Outlook Forum.


UGA President Jere Morehead learns more about state's top industry during annual farm tour (UGA CAES)

University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead traveled to South Georgia Sept. 25 to learn more about Georgia's top industry - agriculture - during his annual Farm Tour.


UGA transfer student finds her path to vet school through the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (UGA CAES)
From farmhand to future veterinarian student, Cassie Powell has dreamed of working with animals for a long time. This spring, Powell was selected for the UGA Food Animal Veterinary Incentive Program, a specialized program for pre-veterinary students.


Georgia 4-H celebrates National 4-H Week Oct. 7-13 (UGA CAES)
What started as a club for farm kids has grown into the nation’s largest youth leadership organization - a place where school-aged children learn to become successful and confident adults.


UGA lab provides quick diagnosis of plant pathogens (UGA CAES)
The UGA Plant Molecular Diagnostic Lab provides a fast and efficient option for diagnosing plant diseases, according to plant pathologist Emran Ali, who is the principal investigator of the lab located on the UGA Tifton campus.


Georgia farmers considering early harvest time for peanut crop (Moultrie Observer)
Plant diseases, like leaf spot and white mold, are forcing Georgia peanut farmers to consider moving their harvest times up a few days, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort.


Expectant mothers arrive to give birth at Georgia National Fair (Macon Telegraph)
The Georgia National Fair will feature Holstein cows giving birth daily in the Georgia Grown building during the 2018 Fair. The calves as well as newly born piglets will be on display throughout the entirety of the fair.


$5M grant to help reduce indoor farming energy costs (UGA Today)
One of the steepest barriers to profitable controlled-environment agriculture is the energy cost associated with providing the plants enough light, but new research being pioneered by University of Georgia could cut those costs by 50 percent.


Young farmers are the future (Oconee Enterprise)
When he was in the sixth grade, Justin Daniel asked his father, Jay, if he could buy a cow - two, actually - with the money he had saved from selling and spreading pine straw.


Survey: Most Americans don’t know what a GMO is (
A new survey found that a majority of Americans aren’t confident they know what GMOs are, and this lack of knowledge may be driving overall uncertainty and discomfort.


Georgia Pesticide Waste Clean Day, Moultrie, Nov. 14 (AgFax)
Georgia Clean Day is a program that gives everyone an opportunity to discard old, unusable, or cancelled pesticides to a hazardous waste contractor for disposal.


GFB Foundation, EMC to donate books to local library (
Emanuel County Farm Bureau recently delivered a copy of the children’s book “John Deere, That’s Who!” to Franklin Memorial Library in Swainsboro.