Category Archives: Farming

UGA field day to feature cotton, peanuts

By Tatyana Phelps EVENT DATE: Sep. 9, 2015 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM Cotton and peanut research will be featured at the University of Georgia field day, set for Wednesday, Sept. 9, on the UGA campus in Tifton, Georgia. The Georgia Peanut Commission, Georgia Cotton Commission and the UGA cotton and peanut teams will host the field day, which begins at… Read More »

Pelham City Middle School Receives National Honor – Help Send Them to Convention

Pelham City Middle School FFA has been designated as a National Outstanding Middle School Chapter Award finalist by the National FFA Organization. Pelham City Middle School FFA is one of five finalists, and will compete for overall honors at the National FFA Convention held in Louisville, Kentucky in October. To be considered for the award, Pelham City Middle… Read More »

Top 10 Georgia peanut farmers honored at Jekkyl Island

Farmers from Seminole County and Miller County were among those farmers honored for the 2015 Georgia Peanut Achievement Awards! (See Full List Below)   By Clint Thompson University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Each of Georgia’s top 10 peanut farmers relied on University of Georgia Cooperative Extension research to produce the highest yielding crops this… Read More »

Southwest Georgia 4-H members achieve statewide recognition

More than 250 Georgia 4-H’ers met in Atlanta July 21-22 to vie for 47 coveted “Master 4-H’er” titles, the youth organization’s highest honor. Students from across the state competed in a variety of categories, from photography to public speaking, and communications to companion animal science. They gave 12-minute demonstrations and prepared portfolios of their research and service project… Read More »

Camilla native: ‘Tackling Rural Child Poverty In Southwest Georgia’

By Krysta Harden, U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary In late July, I was thrilled to visit with leaders from across southwest Georgia, including my hometown of Camilla, to discuss how USDA can support their work on the ground tackling issues relating to rural child poverty. In Georgia, the poverty rate is 19 percent, and for children, it’s… Read More »

Georgia cotton farmers should consider rye as a cover crop

By Clint Thompson University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Georgia cotton farmers can benefit from using rye as a cover crop, according to scientists on the University of Georgia Tifton Campus. Along with providing an added defense against glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth at planting, rye reduces thrips infestations significantly and could save farmers irrigation expenses. University… Read More »

USDA undersecretary tours UGA community garden to discuss access to healthy food

The staff at UGArden, the University of Georgia’s student-run farm on the Athens Campus, received a federal-sized pat on the back this week when Kevin Concannon, U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, visited the farm and demonstration garden. Concannon, who was in Athens to discuss increasing access to local, healthy food for clients… Read More »

UGA vegetable horticulturist seeking to improve squash crop

By Clint Thompson University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences A University of Georgia vegetable horticulturist is searching for new squash varieties to help Georgia farmers improve the state’s $24.7 million squash industry. Yellow squash is predominantly grown in the South, as more national acreage is devoted to growing zucchini. Many Georgia growers face a greater… Read More »

Mitchell County 4-H’er selected for’s All-Star Team

By Clint Thompson University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences A Mitchell County 4-H’er and Pelham FFA member, Courtney Conine is one step closer to pursuing her dream career in livestock. Conine, 15, of Camilla, Georgia, was recently chosen for’s All-Star Team. A student at Pelham High School, Conine was one of 18 high school… Read More »

Georgia’s “Feed My School” program is growing

Feed My School helps bridge the gaps in the nutritional value and quality of food served in Georgia schools, while providing more farm to cafeteria opportunities. The result is healthier students, decreased barriers in farm to cafeteria opportunities and increased awareness as students learn and experience, both educationally and nutritionally, where their food comes from. Students can also… Read More »

Farm Credit supports new produce market in Bainbridge

Fresh From the Farm grant recipients Amanda, Calhie Jane, and Kevin Rentz of Southern Fresh Market in Bainbridge, accept their check and reusable grocery bags from Paxton Poitevint, Chief Relationship Manager at Southwest Georgia Farm Credit. Fresh From the Farm is a program that awards mini-grants to local producers and U-pick operations, promoting access to fresh, healthy fruits… Read More »

Georgia farmers advised to check irrigation systems, equipment before using this spring

By Jordan Hill University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences University of Georgia Extension irrigation specialist Wes Porter advises farmers to check their irrigation systems and equipment for any problems before getting in the field this spring. Irrigation equipment is typically left outdoors, and unused during cold weather. While farmers may expect the equipment to be… Read More »

Bainbridge’s MHG shows off new grain storage facility and canola fields in full bloom (Videos)

Biopolymer manufacturer MHG served as a corporate sponsor for the SUSTPACK 2015 conference, which took place from March 31- April 2, 2015 in Orlando, FL. As part of their corporate sponsorship, the company hosted a breakfast, and gave a thirty minute presentation to an exclusive group of attendees. The event was held at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande… Read More »

Peanut entomologist solicits help via survey

Planted peanut acreage is expected to increase in 2015. By Clint Thompson University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences TIFTON — To better sustain Georgia’s future peanut production, a University of Georgia peanut entomologist is surveying Georgia farmers. Notifications about the online survey were mailed directly to the more than 3,500 peanut producers in Georgia. The… Read More »

Ag producers invited to Georgia Grown Symposium on April 30

The Georgia Grown Agriculture Commodity Commission and the Georgia Department of Agriculture are proud to announce the 3rd annual Georgia Grown Symposium.  This year’s symposium will be held on April 30th at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia.  The focus of this year’s symposium will be “Growing Innovation and Profits.”  The one day event will include four discussion panels… Read More »