Tue., February 5, 2013 5:23pm
The USDA is now offering micro loans to farmers of up to 35 thousand dollars. Agriculture officials believe the small loans will encourage more people to get into farming.
Wed., December 5, 2012 1:00pm
A University of Georgia food scientist has been awarded a federal grant worth nearly half a million dollars. Poultry, eggs, raw sprouts and unpasteurized juices are common sources of salmonella. Cooking and pasteurization kill the bacteria in those foods but not in dry and ready-to-eat foods.
Wed., November 28, 2012 1:00pm
Federal officials say they plan to close the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Georgia Rural Development Office in Baxley by Dec. 7.
Thu., August 2, 2012 7:28am
More than half of U.S. counties now are classified by the federal government as natural disaster areas mostly because of the drought. The U.S. Agriculture Department on Wednesday added 218 counties in a dozen states as disaster areas, including six in Georgia.
Mon., July 23, 2012 3:00pm
Federal agriculture officials visited Georgia farmers. They say the state has the highest percentage of acreage in exceptional drought. In all 29 states have been named disaster areas because of the U. S. drought.
Fri., July 13, 2012 2:42pm
Under new U.S. Department of Agriculture rules announced Thursday, all but a handful of Georgia counties are considered disaster areas because of ongoing drought. The department is trying to shorten the time between a disaster and making aid available to farmers.
Thu., June 28, 2012 1:22pm
The system will send information on the three nearest locations. Parents can also call 2-1-1, the United Way's helpline, for site locations.
Mon., April 30, 2012 4:09pm
USDA is developing faster Salmonella test. Goal is to find out sooner where strain originates. Athens lab doing the work.
Mon., January 30, 2012 4:14pm
Georgia Vegetable Farmers Grow Less in 2011. Some crops decline by as much as 40 percent. Prices, labor, weather and competition from other crops likely played a role.
Fri., September 30, 2011 2:00pm
The federal government is awarding $18 million in nationwide grants to get more young people into farming. In Georgia, two organizations will spend that money to boost—and create—new programs. The USDA says the average age of a farmer is 57 years old. And to keep the food pipeline sustainable, the nation needs more young people to get into the business.