About By Allison Floyd

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  • Workshops Planned for Producers, Vets to Study Animal Feed Rule

    Features, July 31, 2015

    By the end of next year, livestock producers will only be able to deliver antibiotics in feed if they have a veterinarian’s prescription. And feed manufacturers will be limited in the claims that they can make about how an antibiotic will improve feeding efficiency or improve weight gain.

  • Vilsack Champions Disaster Program for Poultry Producers

    Features, July 29, 2015

    The federal government expects to pay $191 million to chicken and turkey farmers who lost their birds to avian flu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday.

  • Agroforestry is More Than Growing Trees for Money

    Features, July 28, 2015

    Forty years ago, agroforestry became a hot topic for some farmers and researchers. How, they asked, can farming and forestry be used together to be more productive and protect the environment?

  • 'Unprecedented' Life in Prison Urged for CEO in Tainted Peanut Butter Case

    News, July 27, 2015

  • Preparing for Avian Flu, USDA Has Vaccine for Chickens

    Features, July 27, 2015

    It’s not a question whether avian influenza will spread this fall. The questions are when the outbreak will begin and how prepared the industry will be to fight the disease.

  • House Passes Bill to Ban Requiring GMO Label

    News, July 24, 2015

  • Study Puts Price on How Much Drones Could Save Farmers

    Features, July 23, 2015

    One of the toughest questions a farmer can ask a service provider – and a question he’s almost sure to ask – is what the payback will be on his investment. A report by American Farm Bureau and Measure, a drone service provider, has put some of the first numbers on how much a farmer will save by scouting his crop from the air.

  • Hundreds of Agribusiness Groups Push for Labeling Law

    News, July 22, 2015

  • UGA Ag Dean Scott Angle Leaving for Anti-Hunger Job

    Features, July 20, 2015

    Friends and colleagues at first were surprised and sad to hear that University of Georgia Agriculture Dean J. Scott Angle plans to leave the college after more than a decade to go to work for an organization that fights global hunger.

  • Senator Worries Monsanto Will Leave U.S.

    Features, July 16, 2015

    Is Monsanto trying to leave the U.S.? U.S. Senator Dick Durbin thinks so. The Democrat from Illinois met with Hugh Grant, the chief operating officer of St. Louis-based Monsanto this week, urging the agrochemical giant to keep a U.S. headquarters, even if a deal goes through to acquire rival Syngenta.

  • Researching 1,500 Peanuts, One Variety at a Time

    Video, July 14, 2015

    In the late 1990s, tomato spotted wilt virus took a bite out of peanuts in the Southeast, claiming half of some farmers’ crop and about 10% of the overall yield in 1997. One of the most important factors in the battle against TSWV was lurking in a peanut variety from South America, which had natural resistance to the virus.

  • House Ag Committee Takes Up GM Labeling Bill

    Features, July 13, 2015

    The House Agriculture Committee will take up a bill this week that would create a national – but voluntary – system of labels for foods that contain ingredients from genetically-engineered crops. More importantly, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would prevent states from passing their own mandatory labeling laws for genetically modified — or GMO — foods.

  • Reinke Thwarting Thieves, Keeping Span Cables in Place

    Features, July 10, 2015

    When a metal thief strikes a pivot, he’s not just stealing metal. He’s stealing yield. The time and productivity lost to theft can never be replaced, so Reinke is working to stay ahead of thieves.

  • Labor Consultants Take Stress Out of Dairy Staffing

    Features, July 09, 2015

    F. Brandon Mallory didn’t intend to go into agriculture, let alone specialize in farm labor. He planned to become a veterinarian and studied agriculture at Ohio State University as a way to get into the vet school program. “I didn’t grow up on a farm, didn’t plan to go into agriculture. But I started out in the College of Agriculture (at Ohio State) and that was the beginning of my interest,” said Mallory, who owns Agri-Placement Services, a human resources management company for dairies.

  • Corn Growers Join Lawsuit over Waters of the U.S.

    News, July 08, 2015

  • New Study Gives Insight into Skills Agribusinesses Want

    Features, July 07, 2015

    Employers who hire professionals in agriculture-related fields are looking for many of the same skills today that they wanted in college graduates 30 years ago: The ability to communicate and work well with others.

  • Ag-Pro Expands Again, But Stays ‘Strong on Service’

    Features, July 06, 2015

    Ag-Pro is one of the largest John Deere dealers in the world with locations dotting the Southeastern United States. But even after adding several new stores in Texas last week, Ag-Pro leaders seem more focused on talking about each individual customer than they do in bragging about the size of the company.

  • Grill Like a Pro, Save at the Store this July 4

    Features, July 02, 2015

    It’s nearly time to fire up the grill and enjoy a Fourth of July feast with family and friends. As you get your supplies ready, keep two things in mind: You’ll pay less for supplies this year and have a chance to show off your grilling skills.

  • Farmers Plant Fewest Cotton Acres Since Early 1980s

    Features, July 01, 2015

    If projections hold true, 2015 could see the fewest cotton acres since 1983. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the June acreage report on Tuesday, which showed farmers planted just 8.85 million acres of upland cotton this year, down 18 percent from 2014.

  • States Sue over Waters of the U.S. Rule

    Features, June 30, 2015

    As the new Waters of the U.S. rule became official on Monday, North Dakota and 12 other states sued the federal government in U.S. District Court in Bismark, challenging expanded federal jurisdiction over some state waters. The rule is set to take effect on Aug. 28, barring court intervention.

  • Honoring a Veteran Who Shared a Taste of Home Across the Globe

    Farmer Profiles, June 29, 2015

    In 1966, a Georgia boy wrote home to thank the state peanut commission for sending him a dozen boxes of local peanuts to distribute to his fellow soldiers and the Vietnamese people.

  • Honoring a Veteran Who Shared a Taste of Home Across the Globe

    Features, June 29, 2015

    In 1966, a Georgia boy wrote home to thank the state peanut commission for sending him a dozen boxes of local peanuts to distribute to his fellow soldiers and the Vietnamese people.

  • Judge Could Issue Prison Term Soon in Peanut Contamination Case

    Features, June 26, 2015

    Two men who owned a peanut processing company that shipped tainted peanut butter across the country could be sentenced to the equivalent of life in prison as early as next week.

  • U.S. Sugar Finds Sweet Lending Partner in Wells Fargo

    Features, June 25, 2015

    As the president of U.S. Sugar, Bob Buker works in production agriculture just like a cotton farmer does. Of course, the scale is a little different. “The cotton farmer might have three tractors, while I run 350 … but the business is exactly the same,” Buker said.

  • Ag’s Version of ‘Shark Tank’ Looking for Business Pitches

    Features, June 23, 2015

    Got an idea for a product or service that you think would make a profit in agribusiness? Here’s your chance to get some start-up money and have a little fun along the way. American Farm Bureau Federation is taking applications for the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge – a contest that calls on entrepreneurs to spell out their ideas for a chance at $145,000 in startup funds.

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