About By Allison Floyd

Authored 405 articles.


  • 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.

  • Field Scouting with Google Glass? Group Will Study the Potential

    Features, October 08, 2014

    Imagine if you could simply look at a pest in the field to take a photograph of it? What if in the same glance you could draw on the knowledge of agronomists and entomologists around the globe to identify the pest and learn how to fight it? Those scenarios may not be as far out as they sound.

  • Forgotten Crop: Cottonseed More than Just an Afterthought

    Features, October 07, 2014

    As the first bales of cotton begin to arrive at gins across the Southeast, few of the people who wear denim jeans, have a favorite cotton T-shirt or dry their hands on a cotton dish towel will think about the other part of all that cotton: The seed. Cotton seed makes up about 15 percent of a farmer’s profit; nationwide the value of cottonseed from the 2013 totaled $1.1 billion.

  • Different Types of Farmers Trying Olives

    Features, October 06, 2014

    When dozens of Southeastern olive growers get together for the day, they have a lot of questions. … And they find even more answers. More than 100 Southeastern growers gathered in Lakeland, Ga. (near the Florida border) recently to share their successes and failures, their questions and answers, at the Georgia Olive Growers Association annual conference.

  • Sunbelt Ag Expo Reaching Out to Backyard Gardeners with New Section

    Features, October 02, 2014

    The Sunbelt Ag Expo always will showcase giant cotton-pickers, state-of-the-art tractors and the latest in crop research. But this year, the people who put on the 37-year-old event are hoping to attract producers that grow crops on a much smaller scale.

  • USDA Accepting Base-Acre Numbers, Farmers Still May Have Questions

    Features, October 01, 2014

    Blame it on the rain. Producers in many parts of the country couldn’t get out into the field on Monday, the first day that the U.S. Department of Agriculture would accept base-acre and yield updates required for crop-loss programs under the 2014 Farm Bill. So, they rushed to the computer to figure out how to complete the process, only to find more questions.

  • UAVs May Be a Year Away from Scouting Fields

    News, September 30, 2014

  • Farmer Profile: Dairy Producer, Professor, Consultant, Mold Does It All

    Farmer Profiles, September 29, 2014

    The Minnesota State Fair is more than just family fun and fried food to Doris Mold. It’s a chance to show 1.7 million people where their food comes from. During the fair – which typically runs for two weeks at the end of August and into September – a slow day for Mold will be 14 hours. She used to pull the occasional 24-hour shift, but this year, the longest day was just 20 hours.

  • Farmer Profile: Dairy Producer, Professor, Consultant, Mold Does It All

    Features, September 29, 2014

    The Minnesota State Fair is more than just family fun and fried food to Doris Mold. It’s a chance to show 1.7 million people where their food comes from. During the fair – which typically runs for two weeks at the end of August and into September – a slow day for Mold will be 14 hours. She used to pull the occasional 24-hour shift, but this year, the longest day was just 20 hours.

  • Southern Pecans Squeak By Early Season Wet Weather

    Features, September 25, 2014

    Pecan groves are starting to produce the first nuts of 2014, and the harvest will be in full-swing soon. Pecan growers have planted a lot of new trees over the past five years to feed a growing Asian appetite for the nut. But it’s anybody’s guess how much bigger that appetite will grow.

  • China May Cut Cotton Imports, Implement Price Supports

    Features, September 24, 2014

    China will import the minimum amount of cotton in 2015 as the country draws down on a stockpile it’s been amassing over the past few years. At the same time, the Asian country – the world’s No. 1 consumer of cotton – is poised to implement price supports that might make the country’s textile industry more independent of imports.

  • Fruit and Vegetable Growers Win Some in FSMA Update

    Features, September 23, 2014

    Fruit and vegetable growers seem optimistic that the Food and Drug Administration listened to their cries to tweak proposed food-safety rules that will update the Food Safety Modernization Act. But industry groups still are studying the changes, which were announced Friday, and soon will give producers a better idea whether serious concerns remain unaddressed.

  • Conviction in Peanut Case is a First

    Features, September 22, 2014

    A conviction in the two-month trial of the owners of a defunct South Georgia peanut plant may set a precedent to prosecute food processors who knowingly put the public at risk, food safety advocates say.

  • Grain Bidding Site Could Help Sellers Get Top Dollar

    Features, September 19, 2014

    A new service that makes buying and selling more efficient for grain handlers promises to help co-ops and other commercial grain dealers get top dollar for their goods. Bushel Direct, the first online cash grain trading platform designed for commercial grain handlers, will begin to pair up buyers and sellers as early as this month.

  • Farmer Known for Corn Gets Record Soybean Crop

    Features, September 16, 2014

    Georgia farmer Randy Dowdy just harvested the highest soybean yield in Georgia history. Dowdy regularly lands at the top of the heap for corn yield, but also has a soybean crop worth bragging about this year. Dowdy’s soybeans yielded an astonishing 110.66 bushels per acre, crushing the previous record of approximately 82 bushels per acre, according to retired University of Georgia extension agronomist John Woodruff.

  • Tiny Ag Campus Gives Students a Big School in a Small Town

    Features, September 15, 2014

    In Caitlyn Mahoney ’s classes, it’s impossible to blend into the crowd. There is no crowd – no huge survey classes, no giant lecture halls, no overwhelmed teaching assistant giving the lecture. “I’ve had three classes where there were only two of us and one class that had five,” said Mahoney, who is studying biological sciences at the Tifton campus of the University of Georgia.

  • Olives Growing in Popularity as Disease Plagues Citrus

    Features, September 12, 2014

    When Vicki Hughes gets a call from a Florida farmer interested in olives she knows what he’s facing in his orchards. “I meet a lot of Florida citrus growers and they are all just sick of dealing with greening,” said Hughes, who has served at the director of the Georgia Olive Growers Association for the past two years.

  • AGCO CEO: Commodity Prices Will Rise Again

    Features, September 11, 2014

    The drop in commodity prices this year is difficult, but won’t be anything like the tough times of the 1990s, AGCO Chief Executive Officer Martin Richenhagen told Bloomberg News.

  • Obama Likely Would Veto Bill to Stop Waters of U.S. Rule

    Features, September 10, 2014

    President Obama’s advisors would recommend that he veto a bill to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from expanding jurisdiction over waterways. The House of Representatives passed H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, 262-152 on Tuesday.

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