About By Allison Floyd

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  • 30 Years Later, RAFI Still Focused on Farm Aid

    Features, July 31, 2014

    When the first Farm Aid benefit concert was held in Champaign, Ill., in 1985, the whole country seemed focused on a crisis affecting the American farmer. Bank foreclosures had skyrocketed and corporations were snatching up family farms as fast as they went up for auction.

  • Farming Peterson Bros. to Perform at Sunbelt

    Features, July 29, 2014

    The Peterson Farm Brothers are pretty busy these days. With oldest brother Greg helping run the family farm and younger brothers Nathan and Kendal in college, you’d think there wouldn’t be much time left for making music videos.

  • Indoor Farms Finding a Place in Ag

    Features, July 24, 2014

    Entrepreneurs have been tinkering with the idea of growing crops indoors for decades. And the world’s largest indoor farm – which opened in Japan this month under new LED lights created by GE – might inspire another generation of producers.

  • Price of Food Flat, Except for Meat

    Features, July 23, 2014

    New data released by the federal government on Tuesday showed that beef hit another all-time high in June, while most families’ overall grocery bill is holding steady. A shrinking cattle herd and unrelated pig virus have pushed meat prices to all-time highs.

  • Right to Farm Wins in Indiana

    Features, July 22, 2014

    The Right to Farm stood up in court last week when an Indiana judge tossed out four lawsuits against farmers, finding that the state’s law protects them from neighbors’ complaints.

  • Women in Ag: Necessity Pushes Farm Wife into Business

    Farmer Profiles, July 21, 2014

    As a girl, Amy Robinette didn’t dream of a career in agriculture. Her father gave up row-cropping during the tobacco buy-out, and Amy went off to college to become an English teacher. At North Carolina State University, she met and fell for boy who planned to raise cattle. A few years later, their family was raising a fairly large herd and struggling to find processors to handle their beef.

  • Women in Ag: Necessity Pushes Farm Wife into Business

    Features, July 21, 2014

    As a girl, Amy Robinette didn’t dream of a career in agriculture. Her father gave up row-cropping during the tobacco buy-out, and Amy went off to college to become an English teacher. At North Carolina State University, she met and fell for boy who planned to raise cattle. A few years later, their family was raising a fairly large herd and struggling to find processors to handle their beef.

  • Clemson Study Tracks Gators with GPS

    Features, July 17, 2014

    The way that wildlife experts count alligators is pretty simple. Basically, they go out in the swamp after dark, shine a flashlight and count the number of eyes that glow in the night. To get more information, researchers will use the width between the eyes to estimate the length of the gator’s snout and overall size.

  • A Look at Farmers of the Year State Winners

    News, July 16, 2014

  • Beware Fire Danger of Wet Hay

    Features, July 15, 2014

    It’s the time of year when farmers look for a stretch of dry days to cut hay, and experts warn that impatience could cost big time. Hay that is baled and stored wet will heat up, at first depleting protein from the forage, but eventually sparking a blaze. At 150 degrees, hay is in danger of catching fire; by the time bales reach 200 degrees, fire is almost certain.

  • Farmer Profile: New Season Ahead for Soybean Leader

    Features, July 14, 2014

    Danny Murphy will have a lot more time on the farm in six months, when he will end a decade of service to the American Soybean Association. As president last year and chairman this year, Murphy traveled to Washington, D.C. to represent American soybean farmers on issues as diverse as the Farm Bill, the Renewable Fuel Standard, biotechnology approvals and tax incentives.

  • Farmer Profile: New Season Ahead for Soybean Leader

    Farmer Profiles, July 14, 2014

    Danny Murphy will have a lot more time on the farm in six months, when he will end a decade of service to the American Soybean Association. As president last year and chairman this year, Murphy traveled to Washington, D.C. to represent American soybean farmers on issues as diverse as the Farm Bill, the Renewable Fuel Standard, biotechnology approvals and tax incentives.

  • NCI Reaches Around the Globe, Stays Close to Home

    Features, July 11, 2014

    Newton Crouch Sr. embraced change decades ago, when he saw how pelletized fertilizer could work better than the pulverized kind most farmers used. His company was one of the first to design and build the spreaders farmers needed. In fact, he worked for decades to innovate equipment from the company’s headquarters in Griffin, Ga.

  • Pioneer Celebrates 50 Years on the Farm

    Features, July 10, 2014

    Fifty years ago, when Pioneer opened a research farm in Georgia, the facility employed three people. Today, the farm has more than two dozen full-time workers – many of them researchers – and another hundred or so part-timers.

  • Alabama Cattlemen Bring Heifers – and Hope – to S. Dakota

    Features, July 09, 2014

    Every cattleman has a story. For one, it’s about a calf he bottle-fed after its mother died. For another, it’s about an old bull that’s been the family’s pride for 10 years. For others, the story is about a freak snowstorm that caught everyone by surprise and killed a third of the herd.

  • Ag Science Companies Use Facts to Fight GMO Fears

    Features, July 08, 2014

    GMO Answers isn’t trying to convince you that genetically engineered crops are better than traditional crops or make you emotional about the science that allows cotton to survive glyphosate or makes corn resistant to caterpillars. The companies that sponsor the campaign just want people to have the facts.

  • New Dean Taking Helm at Ag College

    Features, July 07, 2014

    When Jerry Baker returns to Georgia this month, it will be a homecoming. Not only will he be returning to his wife’s home county and the place they lived for 14 years, but Baker also will be returning to an institution that’s preparing farmers for a future in agriculture.

  • High Beef Prices Hit July 4th BBQ Tradition

    Features, July 02, 2014

    This Fourth of July, Americans will pay more for their backyard cook-out than ever before, in part due to soaring beef prices. In Rabobank’s first BBQ Index, the company estimated the cost of a barbecue for 10 people at nearly $67 this year and predicted that some consumers may opt for chicken instead of beef.

  • USDA Continues Farm Bill Implementation with Provisions to Help Farmers Manage Risk

    News, July 01, 2014

  • NASS: Cotton, Peanut Acreage up in 2014

    Features, July 01, 2014

    U.S. farmers are growing a record number of soybean acres this year, while cotton and peanut acreage both are up over last year, according to data released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Farmer Donates His Farm to 4-H in Honor of Fiancée

    Features, June 30, 2014

    By the time Curt Chergosky reached his mid-40s, the third-generation farmer had started to accept that he would never have a wife and children to take over his 400-acre farm. He was a bachelor in a rural part of Minnesota, a place he loved, but that didn’t offer much chance he’d bump into the love of his life.

  • Robots Lending a Hand on the Farm

    Features, June 26, 2014

    One day, farm machines may work on their own to find and kill pests in the field, prune plants so that they produce more and pick delicate fruit that today can only be collected by human hands. One day, a farmer’s best laborer may be a robot.

  • New Process Could Wipe Out Peanut Allergies

    Features, June 25, 2014

    Hypoallergenic peanuts may be a step closer to the grocery store shelves. Researchers at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University have come up with a way to make peanuts 98 percent allergen-free and recently struck a deal with a company to commercialize the process.

  • Relief Could Come to Drought-Stricken Texas, Calif.

    Features, June 24, 2014

    Farmers from California to Texas will suffer through drought this summer, but relief is on the way this fall, one expert is predicting.

  • Unique Rural Studies Program Gains Attention for ABAC

    Features, June 23, 2014

    Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College has the only Rural Studies program in the country, a course of study that gives students a background in the history, culture and economy of rural communities throughout the world.

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