About By Allison Floyd

Authored 457 articles.


  • Major Fruit Pest Hates Heights

    Features, January 26, 2015

    Researchers have found a weakness in the pest that is decimating the Florida citrus industry. They just aren’t sure how to take advantage of it. In less than a decade, the Asian citrus psyllid has spread throughout Florida, destroying half the orange groves in the state, and spread to Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina, as well as Texas and Arizona. Growers in California, where a case was found in 2012, are vigilantly trying to keep the disease out.

  • Hearing Planned on Waters of the U.S. Rule

    News, January 26, 2015

  • Ga.-Fla. Water Suit Flowing Along in Supreme Court

    Features, January 23, 2015

    A dispute over water flowing from Georgia into Florida may be making its way through the U.S. Supreme Court faster than expected. Georgia responded this month – weeks before the deadline – to a Florida lawsuit that complains Atlanta suburbs and Southwest Georgia farms are taking too much water from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basins.

  • Wildlife Research Could Reveal Wily Coyote’s Secrets

    Features, January 22, 2015

    For centuries, people have thought of coyotes as wily little creatures. And the coyotes in the Southeast seem to be even wilier than their cousins out west. A two-year research project across Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina may reveal some of the coyote’s secrets.

  • Appeals Court Takes Up Sweet Onion Case

    Features, January 21, 2015

    The Georgia Court of Appeals soon will decide whether the commissioner of agriculture has the authority to set the earliest date that growers can ship the state’s famed Vidalia onion.

  • The Future Farmstead Only a Few Weeks Away

    Features, January 20, 2015

    Anyone who has ever built a house knows that the last few details seem to take the longest. But workers are getting close to putting the final touches on a farmhouse of the future – the Future Farmstead – at the University of Georgia’s Tifton campus.

  • Half of Dairies Choose New MPP Coverage … Barely

    News, January 20, 2015

  • Peanut Show Draws Bumper Crowd

    Features, January 16, 2015

    Luke Findley grows cotton, not peanuts. In fact, none of the farmers in his area grow peanuts, he says. Still, Findley – a cotton farmer from New South Wales, Australia – took the morning off from his tour of U.S. farms to drop in on the annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference on Thursday.

  • Powerful Groups Pushing for Trade with Cuba

    Features, January 14, 2015

    Open trade with Cuba would create huge opportunities – and some challenges – for producers in his state, predicts ag economist William Messina. But many commodities already have a booming market in Cuba.

  • MSU Helping Towns Tap into Internet Age

    Features, January 13, 2015

    Quitman, Miss., might serve as a model for other rural communities across the United States, showing how rural places can attract high-speed Internet service and reap the benefits of that technology. The town on the Mississippi-Alabama line has just 2,300 people, but landed high-speed Internet service and is making the most of it.

  • Cold Weather is Effective Weapon Against Pests in Stored Grain

    Features, January 12, 2015

    Winter is a time for grain growers to relax a little knowing that the warm-weather crop is in the bin and planting for another is still several weeks away. But this also is the time of year to take advantage of the cool temperatures that Mother Nature offers to knock back any pests or disease that would steal the quality of the grain.

  • Are Low Fuel Prices Bad News for Corn Producers?

    Features, January 09, 2015

    As farmers revel in one bit of good news starting out 2015 – low diesel prices – some are wondering whether the low cost of fuel might make ethanol less profitable and further depress corn prices.

  • Company Granted Exemption to Use Drone for Field Scouting

    Features, January 08, 2015

    A tiny Idaho company has gotten permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly drones commercially, the first time a company applied for a permit solely for the purpose of scouting farm land.

  • Diet Guidelines May Suggest Less Meat for Sustainability

    Features, January 07, 2015

    Should the federal government discourage people from eating red meat in order to promote environmental sustainability? That’s the big question as the panel that crafts Americans’ idea of a healthy diet prepares to update the guidelines.

  • Farmer Profile: Family Fruit Farm Brings Schmuhl Back to Farming

    Features, January 05, 2015

    Kimberly Schmuhl started sorting through strawberries when she was so little, she had to stand on a crate to see over the countertop. Twenty years later, she still works on her family’s Michigan fruit farm.

  • Farmer Profile: Family Fruit Farm Brings Schmuhl Back to Farming

    Farmer Profiles, January 05, 2015

    Kimberly Schmuhl started sorting through strawberries when she was so little, she had to stand on a crate to see over the countertop. Twenty years later, she still works on her family’s Michigan fruit farm.

  • USDA: Most Farms are Family-Owned

    Features, December 29, 2014

    The vast majority of farms in the United States are run by families. Most U.S. farms—97 percent in 2011—are family operations, according to a new study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and even the largest farms mostly are run by families.

  • Make the Most of Farm Marketing Programs

    Features, December 22, 2014

    Jan Costa started his business five years ago at a single farmer’s market. Today, Florida Fresh Meat Company in Ocala provides grass-fed beef, pasture-raised pork, lamb, goat, chicken, duck – even farm-raised gator – to homes and restaurants across the central part of north Florida. The little company will do $1 million in business this year and will open a new 8,000-square-foot processing center.

  • Cuba Trade Could Benefit Poultry, Rice

    Features, December 19, 2014

    Agriculture could be one of the first industries to benefit from normalized relations with Cuba, particularly the Southeast’s rice and poultry sectors, according to experts and the island nation’s past imports.

  • Tax Break on Farm Equipment Passes Congress

    Features, December 18, 2014

    Accountant Amy Hightower had a list of 10 farmers to call on Wednesday, but the news she had to give them was good. A much-anticipated package of tax breaks passed the U.S. Senate late Tuesday, making the final two weeks of the year much brighter for farmers who bought equipment in 2014 and the companies hoping to sell a few more units before the end of the year.

  • El Niño Could Signal Wet Winter, Dry Summer

    Features, December 17, 2014

    Odds are better than even for an El Niño weather pattern this winter that will keep the Southeast wet and relieve some drought conditions in California. Forecasters are calling for a 65 percent chance of El Niño weather pattern this winter, which brings wetter, cooler temperatures to much of the country.

  • Fighting EPA Rule, Farms Win Small Victory

    Features, December 16, 2014

    A massive spending bill that cleared the U.S. Senate late Saturday included a small victory – but only a small one – for farmers fighting to keep the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers from interfering with their day-to-day operations.

  • Cattle Rustlers Hit across the U.S.

    Features, December 15, 2014

    Rustlers don’t get hanged anymore, but cattlemen across the country probably think the historic punishment still fits. High prices have lured crooks across the country into cattle thieving, leading cattlemen’s associations to warn members to keep an extra close watch on their herds.

  • Trimble Granted Exemption for Unmanned Farm Plane

    Features, December 12, 2014

    For the first time, the Federal Aviation Administration has granted an agriculture company permission to fly an unmanned aerial vehicle as a part of doing business. Trimble announced on Thursday that the FAA had granted an exemption allowing the company to conduct commercial operation of its UX5 Aerial Imaging Solution in the U.S.

  • Couple Sues to Label Skim Milk as ‘Skim Milk’

    Features, December 11, 2014

    Should a Florida dairy family be forced to label its milk as less nutritious because they won’t add vitamins? A federal court may decide. A 25-year-old family-run creamery in Northern Florida is suing the state over a requirement that the operation either add outside Vitamin A to its skim milk or label the milk a "Non-Grade 'A' Milk Product, Natural Milk Vitamins Removed.”

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