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Gifts cards can be ideal holiday gifts. CAES News
Giving gift cards
Gift cards make great gifts. They are convenient, easy to use and readily available online and in stores. However, to avoid giving a gift that keeps on taking, thoroughly read and understand the disclosures that come with the card.
Sweet Vidalia onions in a basket at a roadside stand in Tattnall County, Ga. CAES News
Food hubs
Local food hubs may be the next evolution in Georgia’s agricultural industry, turning the state’s largest economic sector into an even larger engine of job creation and rural community revitalization. A meeting is set for Oct. 27 in Athens, Ga., for those who want to support the effort.
Farm labor in demand
Changes in certain policies affecting farm labor and improved business strategies are needed to help farmers weather farm labor shortages, says a University of Georgia agricultural economist.
Ag College Cuts
After surviving repeated budget cuts since 2009 totaling close to 25 percent, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will layoff 18 employees and sell 602 acres of research farms and timberland to make cuts levied by the state for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
Farmers markets, like this one in Athens, Ga., allow consumers to connect directly with local farmers like Todd Lister of Veri Best Farm. A rising interest in local food has made farmers markets and community gardens popular across the state. CAES News
Farmers Markets
Farmers markets are popping up across the state. And as the summer harvest nears, they’ll be offering fresh produce and a chance for patrons to get to know the local farmers who grow their food.
Wayne Parrott, a crop and soil sciences professor at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, checks out the growth of a few of his soybean plants. CAES News
Soybean fungus
Soybeans are critical to the U.S. economy. But the third largest crop in the nation has an enemy eating away at it, a fungus in the same family as the one that caused the infamous Irish Potato Famine.
Canning extra produce can be a great way to stock up on vegetables that may otherwise go bad. Fulton County Extension agent Kisha Faulk also uses canning as a way to save money and get together with friends. CAES News
Beginner gardeners workshop
Beginning gardeners now have a reason to hone their green thumbs. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents in metro Atlanta will hold Garden to Table classes throughout the spring and summer to introduce Georgians to the joys and challenges of growing their own food.
Nathan Smith is a farm economist with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension on the UGA campus in Tifton, Ga. CAES News
Guarded optimism
Farming is a volatile business, one with enthusiastic highs matched with devastating falls.
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Use care when virtually shopping
Holiday shopping is over. But whether buying pet medications from Canada or discount tickets to a local concert, consumers are doing more and more of their day-to-day shopping online. To ensure the safety of year-round Internet purchases, a University of Georgia expert offers a few tips.