About By Allison Floyd

Authored 423 articles.


  • Pecan Crop Shrinks with Disappointing Harvest

    Features, November 26, 2014

    The 2014 pecan crop won’t be nearly the size that experts expected and farmers hoped to see. Early on, the pecan crop looked good. Estimates for Georgia – the largest pecan producing state – were between 80 and 90 million pounds.

  • Clemson Firefly Project Creating a Buzz

    Features, November 25, 2014

    Average people have a hard time relating to soil chemistry. So four years ago, Clemson University researchers Alex Chow and JC Chong gave them something they could relate to: Fireflies.

  • Immigration Action Does Little for Farmers

    Features, November 24, 2014

    Around 4 million undocumented immigrants will get a chance to stay and work legally in the United States, but an executive order President Obama’s outlined last week won’t do much for agriculture, experts said.

  • California Drought Creates Opportunity for South’s Vegetable Growers

    Features, November 20, 2014

    A drought in California could lead farmers in the Southeast to consider new crops, a Georgia horticulturalist says. “Some of the larger vegetable growers in Georgia, particularly eastern Georgia, are being asked by their buyers to diversify,” said Tim Coolong, a vegetable specialist with the Extension Service. “The primary driver is concerns over water in California.”

  • Fire Guts Part of Mississippi Ag Museum

    Features, November 17, 2014

    The Mississippi Department of Agriculture will rebuild sections of the state ag museum that were destroyed by fire last week, officials say, as people across the country express support and condolences.

  • New GMO Potato Coming to Snack Aisle Soon

    Features, November 14, 2014

    One of the first vegetables genetically engineered to appeal to consumers could hit the market soon after the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently approved a GMO potato.

  • New FFA President Inspired to Tell the World about Ag

    Features, November 13, 2014

    Andy Paul, a sophomore at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Ga., will serve as national president of FFA (Future Farmers of America) for the next year, a duty that will take him around the world to advocate for farming.

  • Energy Company Gives Farmers an Alternative to Propane

    Features, November 12, 2014

    When the cost of liquid propane skyrockets in winter, there’s not much a poultry producer can do except pay the bill. The folks at Lee Energy Solutions set out to give those farmers a way to stabilize their costs by heating with wood pellets. Along the way, the company discovered another advantage to heating with wood.

  • USDA: Increased Production Will Lower Milk Prices

    Features, November 11, 2014

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture lowered its projection for milk production in 2015, but not enough to prevent Class III milk – the class used to make cheese – from dropping $5 per cwt.

  • Crickets for Food? Bugs Show Protein Potential

    Features, November 10, 2014

    Aaron Dossey thinks crickets might be the next big product for farmers, a drought tolerant crop that could be a valuable food source one day.

  • Farmers Sleep Easier as Device Catches Copper Thieves

    Features, November 07, 2014

    Just a few years ago, Arkansas farmer Scott Mitchell had trouble sleeping at night. Lots of producers in Lonoke, Ark. did. They never knew when they’d wake up the next morning to find the wiring to their wells or grain bins ripped apart by copper thieves. Then, they discovered a company called Net Irrigate.

  • Two More States Reject GMO Labels

    Features, November 06, 2014

    Voters in Colorado and Oregon rejected ballot measures on Tuesday that would have required all food containing genetically engineered plants to be labelled. But the GMO-labeling mandate barely failed in Oregon, which would have become the first state in the union where voters forced labels.

  • New Tomato Lines Resistant to Irksome Viruses

    Features, November 05, 2014

    University of Florida professor Jay Scott has worked for nearly 25 years to get the virus resistance of a wild plant from South America into domestic tomatoes. He and assistant professor Sam Hutton have done it and those breeding lines might show up in commercial seed in just a few years.

  • Buckle Up for 2015, It’s Going to be Bumpy

    Features, November 03, 2014

    Farm profits in 2015 could be as low as they were in 2005, when corn sold for $2 a bushel, a panel of agricultural economists from Purdue University agreed on Friday. "The Changing Business Climate for Agriculture: The Outlook for 2015" was led by Jim Mintert, the director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture and professor of agricultural economics.

  • Mastry Focusing on Engines Easy Environment & Wallet

    Features, October 31, 2014

    Whether it’s powering a tractor, excavator, forklift or well pump, every non-road diesel engine now has to burn clean and may release only a fraction of the exhaust allowed a few years ago.

  • Passionate About Pumpkins, Man Grows Record Gourd

    Features, October 29, 2014

    The man who took the record this month for the largest pumpkin ever grown in North America isn’t even a full-time farmer. But he seems pretty passionate when it comes to growing pumpkins.

  • Science Panel Signs off on Waters of U.S. Rule

    Features, October 28, 2014

    The advisory group charged with analyzing the science behind a controversial Waters of the U.S. rule has decided that the methodology behind the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan is generally sound.

  • Law May Ban GMOs on City Farms

    Features, October 27, 2014

    Los Angeles leaders will decide Tuesday whether to ban property owners from planting genetically engineered plants within the city limits. The ban would be “largely symbolic” because the city contains few farms, the councilman who proposed the law, Mitch O'Farrell, told the L.A. Times. But the local law would send a “clear signal that in Los Angeles we want to return to GMO-free food,” he said.

  • COOL Rule Not Cool with World Trade Organization

    Features, October 21, 2014

    The World Trade Organization has ruled against the U.S. in a dispute with Canada and Mexico over Country of Origin Labeling – again. The two neighboring countries have complained that the 2008 law discriminates against livestock exports from their countries; Canada has threatened to retaliate with punitive tariffs on a list of products imported from the U.S.

  • Farmers Come Together to Bring in Friend’s Crops

    Features, October 20, 2014

    One spring night about 10 o’clock, a fellow farmer called Todd Mason to ask about a planter that wasn’t working right. Todd had the same planter, but it’s tough to see a mechanical problem over the phone, so he headed out to help. That’s the kind of guy he is. If he can help another farmer plant his field, increase his yield or get his crop in on time, that’s what he’ll do.

  • Agvocates Send EPA a ‘Ditch the Rule’ Memento

    Features, October 17, 2014

    Lots of people leave the Sunbelt Ag Expo with a souvenir – a bag of Georgia grown peanuts, some Florida lemonade, a handful of soybeans from Alabama. Federal environmental officials will get their own souvenir this year after ag advocates collected hundreds of signatures on a banner opposing a proposed rule that would add more waterways to the list of those that are covered by Clean Water Act regulations.

  • State Matches Up Hunters, Farmers to Rid Feral Hogs

    Features, October 15, 2014

    Hunters won’t solve the problem of feral hogs tearing up crops, but they might help. The two state departments in charge of agriculture and natural resources in Georgia are teaming up to help farmers plagued by feral hogs find hunters who can cull some of the pests.

  • Looking for Winter Crop? Try Jet Fuel

    Features, October 13, 2014

    Farmers looking for another crop to fill out the year might consider growing jet fuel. A group of researchers from the University of Florida is recruiting farmers this fall in South Georgia, South Alabama and North Florida to grow 4,000 acres of carinata, a plant similar to canola with seeds that can be pressed into a biofuel.

  • Step Back in Time to Peanut Stacking Days

    Features, October 10, 2014

    In 1940, a man and mule would toil away for 75 hours to produce one acre of peanuts. Today, a man and his tractor can get the same job done in about three hours. “You do away with the old method when you find a better way, but you shouldn’t forget the old way,” said Frank McGill, a retired University of Georgia peanut specialist who grew up planting, harvesting and drying before mechanization revolutionized peanut production.

  • Reinke Expands Breast Cancer Efforts at Sunbelt

    Features, October 09, 2014

    Around 100,000 people will visit the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga. next week. Most of them share a love of rural life, nature’s beauty and the technology that makes up modern agriculture. All of them share something else in common: Each person who walks through the expo gate Oct. 14-16 has a mother. Many of them have daughters, sisters, aunts or a wife, too. And about half of those visitors are women themselves.

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