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Ag News Roundup - October 30, 2018

What President Trump had to say at the National FFA Convention (Indianapolis Star)
President Donald Trump spoke to thousands of convention-goers in Indianapolis for over an hour Saturday, praising farmers for their contributions to society and highlighting his administration's trade policies.


Stressed Southern Timber Growers Get Hit Again (Wall Street Journal)
Hurricane Michael leaves at least $1.6 billion in woodland losses across three states.


Georgia Using New Technology for Food Facility Assessments after Hurricane Michael (Georgia Dept. of Agriculture)
In response to Hurricane Michael, the Georgia Department of Agriculture broadly leveraged new GIS technology for the first time to conduct emergency assessments of food facilities across the state, helping inspectors conduct assessments more accurately and efficiently, with results shared in real-time.


Vidalia industry looks for more (The Packer)
Bob Stafford, manager of the Vidalia, Ga.-based Vidalia Onion Committee, says Vidalia sweet onions capture about 40% of the sweet onion category but the industry wants more.


A drone that detects illness in cows? (Athens Banner-Herald)
David Balinsky was about to complete his doctorate in veterinary medicine at the University of Georgia. In his head lived the spark of an idea to employ aerial drones in the service of animal health.


John Deere announces $75,000 contribution to FFA (
To commemorate 75 years of partnership with the National FFA Organization, John Deere is providing a $75,000 contribution to the FFA Living to Serve Platform. The funds are in addition to the wide range of support for FFA activities already sponsored by Deere.


UGA Extension recognizes Warren County School System with inaugural Outstanding Extension Farm to School Program Award (UGA CAES)
This week the Warren County School System was recognized for its Farm to School program’s pioneering work bringing fresh produce and agricultural awareness to the students.


Pay soybean farmers more for higher protein (Southeast Farm Press)
Customers are demanding more protein in the soybeans they buy. But the challenge remains: as yields go up, protein levels go down. Farmers are yet to be paid a premium for more protein.


Cattlemen defend definition of 'beef' from lab-grown meats (Southeast Farm Press)
The USDA and FDA are considering what should be on the labels of products derived from cell-cultured meat, which could be on the market within a year.  The cattle industry has urged both agencies to define beef as a product that comes exclusively from animals raised on land, not from a lab.


Demand for H-2A guest workers continues to soar (The Packer)
Fueled by a tight supply of legal farm workers, the number of H-2A temporary agricultural workers certified soared by more than 20% in the past year.


Tariffs on Soybeans Will Switch More Acres to Corn (U.S. AgNet)
American farmers hit by the U.S.-China trade battle are preparing to reshape the U.S. Farm Belt by planting more corn and less soybeans next year/


Milledgeville boy wins scholarship with 20-pound cabbage (WGXA-TV)
A Milledgeville boy has money to put towards his education after winning a Georgia Agriculture Department contest with a 20-pound cabbage he grew.


Not Just For Cows Anymore: New Cottonseed Is Safe For People To Eat (NPR)
A new variety of cotton, developed by a Texas A&M researcher, produces seeds that aren’t poisonous to humans.  USDA has already approved this new cotton, and if the FDA also approves, the door will be open to a variety of new food uses. 


Clarke County's Grow It Know It wins statewide honor from Georgia Organics (UGA CAES)
Anyone who has ever been to a meal prepared by Clarke County Schools’ Grow It Know It students knows that the program is special, and now the state knows as well.


Dragon's Breath, the hottest chili in the world (Fresh Plaza)
According to its creator, the Dragon's Breath chili was created for medical purposes. It is used as an anesthetic for people that are allergic to common anesthesia, as it is so strong that it numbs a person's skin when rubbed against it.