Category Archives: Farming

S.W Georgia Farm Devastated From Pipeline Construction

The 515 miles of the Sabal Trail Pipeline have not been without much controversy – from environmentalists, organized protests, social media campaigns, and has even resulted in a few isolated arrests. The pipeline construction nears completion in it’s trek across Southwest Georgia, and the frenetic progress continues farther south into Florida, crossing over the invaluable Floridan Aquifer.  The pipeline affects… Read More »

PRESS RELEASE: Poitevint Named COO of SWGA Farm Credit

PRESS RELEASE   Poitevint Named Chief Operating Officer BAINBRIDGE – Southwest Georgia Farm Credit announced today that Paxton W. Poitevint has been named Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Poitevint, who joined the Association in 2005, most recently served as Chief Relationship Manager and was responsible for the Association’s business development efforts. In his new role, Mr. Poitevint will manage… Read More »




Cohen, Bell Named 2016 Ag Man and Woman of the Year

At the 2016 Ag Appreciation Luncheon, the Bainbridge – Decatur County Chamber of Commerce honored Robert Cohen and Emma Jean Bell as Ag Man and Woman of the Year. Mr Cohen was introduced by Tommy Dollar and Mrs Bell was introduced by her granddaughter, Lindsey Bell Hayes. Jerry Long, the Chairman of the Georgia Farm Bureau, was the… Read More »

Barbers Establish Scholarship to Honor Parents

Photo:  The Barber siblings, Ronald, Rosalyn and Donald, like their parents before them, are supportive of hard work and education. The children of Harold Barber and Hildred Rich Barber have continued the legacy of Decatur County’s Barber Fertilizer—and just how fertilizer assists crops, the family is assisting area students with a newly established scholarship at Bainbridge State College.… Read More »




Whigham Man Honored with Prestigious UGA Alumni 40 Under 40 award

Whigham businessman Eric Cohen has been nominated to the prestigious UGA Alumni 40 under 40 list for 2016. Mr. Cohen, a lifelong southwest Georgia resident, is a local businessman with national interests in the Pecan industry.  He and his brother, Rob, own and operate several businesses in southwest Georgia, including Pecan Ridge Plantation, which specifically markets Pecan Oil and Pecan… Read More »

Vidalias Are Coming April 25th

Christmas will come early for many consumers this year thanks to a bountiful Vidalia® onion crop. The Georgia Department of Agriculture has set Monday, April 25th as the official pack date for Vidalia® onions. Consumers across the country can find Georgia’s underground treasure, the sweet Vidalia® onion, in their local grocery store or farmers market after that date.… Read More »




Bainbridge State offers scholarships for AgriBusiness program

Interested in pursuing a career in Agribusiness? Well, here is your chance! Beginning January 2016, Bainbridge State College’s School of Health Sciences and Professional Studies is offering program options in Agribusiness with scholarships available for eligible students. With South Georgia being an agriculturally-rich area, the Agribusiness program will be very beneficial to students wishing to pursue a career… Read More »

UGA Ag Forecast series to be held across Georgia Jan. 21-29

By Merritt Melancon University of Georgia Good information is the best defense against the unforeseen circumstances — like changing governmental regulations and weather patterns — that can impact agriculture. That’s why the University of Georgia’s team of agricultural economists kicks off each year with the Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series. There, they present valuable insights into what the… Read More »




Local students participate in fall hog and cattle show

4-H and FFA Livestock showteam members from Decatur, Mitchell, Seminole, and Grady counties participated in the 2015 Fall Festival and Fair Market Hog and Breeding Gilt Show followed by the Steer and Heifer Cattle Show on October 13, 2015. The shows are sponsored by the Bainbridge/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee. Victoria Hill from Mitchell County judged the… Read More »

Lightsey, Kilgore sentenced to prison and supervised release in salmonella case

Samuel Lightsey and Frank Kilgore, the two PCA managers at Blakely, GA, who made plea deals with the government to become prosecution witnesses at trial in exchange for reduced prison time, learned their sentences on Thursday morning. According to WALB, Samuel Lightsey will serve a sentence of 36 months, or three years, in prison and will have an… Read More »




Sentencing for PCA’s Lightsey and Kilgore set for Thursday

Two former managers of a Georgia peanut plant whose testimony helped prosecutors convict their boss and send him to prison for selling salmonella-tainted food will soon learn their own sentences. Sammy Lightsey and Danny Kilgore both served as operations manager of the Blakely, Georgia, plant linked in 2009 to salmonella that sickened 714 people and was blamed for… Read More »

Visitors from all over in SW GA for Georgia Peanut Tour

More than 150 people, representing 13 states and two foreign countries, are in the corner of Southwest Georgia for the 2015 Georgia Peanut Tour. On Wednesday, the first day tour participants were being shown around local points of interest, the tour made several stops in Decatur, Grady and Seminole counties. Among the tour delegation were a group accompanying… Read More »




Georgia Peanut Tour to make stops in Bainbridge, other Southwest Georgia farms

The twenty-ninth annual Georgia Peanut Tour will be held September 15-17, 2015, and located out of Southwest Georgia at the Best Western Rose City Conference Center Inn, Thomasville, Georgia. The tour brings the latest information on peanuts while giving a first-hand view of industry infrastructure from production and handling to  processing and utilization. Tour stops will be made in… Read More »

Georgia agronomist optimistic about Georgia peanut crop

By Clint Thompson University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences A week before Georgia’s annual Peanut Tour, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort is optimistic about the state’s peanut crop. “I think the majority of the crop is above average. I think we’re going to yield very well in the irrigated crop, which… Read More »

State weather expert says Georgia saw lots of rain, seasonal temperatures in August

By Pam  Knox University of Georgia Precipitation across Georgia for the month of August 2015 varied widely, from more than 10 inches near the coast and in north-central Georgia to less than 2 inches in the southwest corner of the state. A few isolated areas received more than 15 inches during the month, according to Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow… Read More »