About By Allison Floyd

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  • Auburn Grad Takes Helm of Peanut Producers Group

    Farmer Profiles, March 02, 2015

    When Caleb Bristow was a boy, he loved to hang out at his father’s peanut-buying point in Columbia, Ala. “When I was a kid, Daddy ran a buying point for Golden Peanut and that was a time I looked forward to each year,” said Bristow. “I got to take samples and check the moisture to see if the peanuts were dry coming out of the field or needed to go through the dryers before being graded.

  • Auburn Grad Takes Helm of Peanut Producers Group

    Features, March 02, 2015

    When Caleb Bristow was a boy, he loved to hang out at his father’s peanut-buying point in Columbia, Ala. “When I was a kid, Daddy ran a buying point for Golden Peanut and that was a time I looked forward to each year,” said Bristow. “I got to take samples and check the moisture to see if the peanuts were dry coming out of the field or needed to go through the dryers before being graded.

  • Christian Farmers Share Good News with Walking Sticks

    Features, February 26, 2015

    With some sort of winter weather predicted Wednesday afternoon, Walter Powell was leaving Cracker Barrel in Birmingham, Ala., hoping to get to Memphis, Tenn., before snow started to fall. It wasn’t great weather for a long drive, he agreed, but the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show was scheduled to start Friday, and he wanted to get there to hand out walking sticks.

  • Ag Students Begin to Study Drones as MTSU Adds Degree Program

    Features, February 24, 2015

    In the next few years, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) will create high-paying jobs for around 70,000 Americans, many of them in agribusiness. And one of the first universities to turn out those young professionals will be Middle Tennessee State University, which launched a new UAS degree program this year.

  • Experts Give Tips to Prevent Yield Loss in Soybeans

    Features, February 23, 2015

    Without a clear winner among commodities next year, many agriculture economists are predicting some growers will shift acres from corn and cotton to soybeans in 2015. While the USDA has projected that soybean acres will drop slightly in 2015, business and crop consultants expect soybean acreage will be much higher.

  • USDA: Farmers Will Plant Less Acres in 2015

    Features, February 20, 2015

    U.S. farmers will plant less of … well, most everything, in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s acting chief economist. Robert Johansson’s comments on Thursday surprised some analysts, who have been predicting that growers would choose less expensive crops, but still plant as many acres as they did last year.

  • Controlling Invasive Species Takes Nationwide Effort

    Features, February 19, 2015

    Next week is National Invasive Species Awareness Week, a time when weed and insect experts urge the public to be aware of the plants and insects that can take over a landscape and push out crops or native species.

  • Ag Could Benefit as Talks Progress with Cuba

    Features, February 18, 2015

    U.S. and Cuban leaders will meet in Washington later this month to continue trade talks, after a delegation visits Havana this week. A group of Democratic lawmakers, including the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, traveled to Cuba this week, the first House delegation to go there since president Obama announced in December that he would work toward normalizing relations with Cuba.

  • FAA Proposes Rule to Allow Drones in Ag, Other Businesses

    Features, February 17, 2015

    The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a set of guidelines that would allow small drones to be used in agriculture and other routine businesses. The federal government has allowed only a handful of companies to fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for commercial purposes until rules were set to protect people on the ground and in aircraft.

  • Family Dairy & Creamery Deliver Tasty Milk from Happy Cows

    Features, February 16, 2015

    Scott Glover didn’t inherit a dairy, but he inherited a love for animals. This month, the Glovers started milking cows at their new dairy in North Georgia, a site will help show people how their milk begins in the field and winds up on their dinner table.

  • Family Dairy & Creamery Deliver Tasty Milk from Happy Cows

    Farmer Profiles, February 16, 2015

    Scott Glover didn’t inherit a dairy, but he inherited a love for animals. This month, the Glovers started milking cows at their new dairy in North Georgia, a site will help show people how their milk begins in the field and winds up on their dinner table.

  • USDA Offering Grants for Energy Improvements

    Features, February 13, 2015

    Farmers who are considering energy-saving upgrades can save even more though a federal program that helps them make the initial investment in improvements. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will award up to $280 million inRural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants through the 2014 Farm Bill, the agency announced this week.

  • Profile: Zurn Tells the Farmer’s Story

    Farmer Profiles, February 09, 2015

    Karolyn Zurn didn’t grow up on a farm; she grew up in the suburbs of Southern California. But she visited rural Minnesota often, where she saw the life her relatives lived growing soybeans and other northern-grown crops. Turns out, farm living was the life for her.

  • Profile: Zurn Tells the Farmer’s Story

    Features, February 09, 2015

    Karolyn Zurn didn’t grow up on a farm; she grew up in the suburbs of Southern California. But she visited rural Minnesota often, where she saw the life her relatives lived growing soybeans and other northern-grown crops. Turns out, farm living was the life for her.

  • Fraction of Farms Have Elected PLC/ARC

    Features, February 06, 2015

    With only a few weeks remaining to sign up for crop support under the 2014 Farm Bill, only a fraction of eligible farmers have completed the process. But Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack isn’t worried, he said Thursday, as he and guests met with reporters to talk about the progress of the bill one year after it was passed.

  • In Tight Year, Hedge Your Input Costs

    Features, February 05, 2015

    Smart farmers hedge their risks, guaranteeing that they’ll get a certain price for their crop even if the markets go haywire. But 2015 offers unique opportunities and challenges that aren’t always part of a tight year, according to Glen Arnold, a commodities broker who advises Southeastern farmers.

  • Obama Budget Would Cut Crop Insurance, EQIP

    Features, February 04, 2015

    The 2016 budget President Barack Obama sent to Congress this week includes less money for crop insurance subsidies, a cut that might offset the expense of new commodity-support plans included in the 2014 Farm Bill.

  • U.S. Cattle Herd Growing Again

    Features, February 03, 2015

    The U.S. cattle herd grew in 2014 for the first time since 2007, according to the semiannual cattle report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday.

  • Young Couple Building a Future in Farming

    Features, February 02, 2015

    Zach Shanklin didn’t wait long to get established as a farmer. The spring after he graduated high school, Shanklin and a partner leased land and planted a crop. The landowner was confident in him, though. It was his dad.

  • Young Couple Building a Future in Farming

    Farmer Profiles, February 02, 2015

    Zach Shanklin didn’t wait long to get established as a farmer. The spring after he graduated high school, Shanklin and a partner leased land and planted a crop. The landowner was confident in him, though. It was his dad.

  • Farm Credit Helping Kids Get Loans for 4-H Projects

    Features, January 30, 2015

    Lots of livestock producers got their start in 4-H or FFA, but raising a hog or heifer can teach more than just animal care and feeding. Raising an animal for sale can teach a young person about business. That’s part of the philosophy behind a program of Farm Credit of Northwest Florida.

  • Young Farmer Group Pushing for Help Paying for College

    Features, January 29, 2015

    If agriculture is in your blood, but tuition costs or loan debt is a problem for you, the National Young Farmers Coalition wants to hear your story. The group formed five years ago to help support practices and policies that will enable young people to go into farming – whether they are starting their own operation or working land owned by their families for generations.

  • Pivot Corners Now Qualify for CRP as Bird Habitat

    News, January 28, 2015

  • Agricultural UAVs Will Hit Skies This Spring

    Features, January 28, 2015

    For years, farmers have been hearing that unmanned aerial vehicles will revolutionize precision agriculture and wondered when they might actually see one scouting fields in their area. The answer is: This year.

  • 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.

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