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UPW has been decided for 2020

 

Finally, the ruling has been passed down to us. Dr. Culpepper let us know yesterday morning at the Weed Meeting that if you took a UPW class in 2019 then you do not have to take one for 2020. However, if you did not take a UPW class last year (2019) then you will have to take one this year. 

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Farm Recovery Block Grant Application Guide

It was announced yesterday that we will receive a block grant for $347 million. The process that you will be going through is unlike anything you have done before. Everything you do will be done online at  http://farmrecovery.com/.

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Are we looking at an early Spring?

The National Phenology Network (NPN) studies seasonal changes primarily related to climate, plant and animal life. Each year the NPN publishes on the arrival of spring. This year it is looking like spring is a few weeks ahead. The 1st map below shows that on February 13th we are about…
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Cattle Update 2/3/20

It has been a while since I gave a cattle update. The markets shut down over Christmas and New Years so I was giving it a few weeks to get back up and running normally. Market: Cash trade has dropped off since the beginning of the year but cattle prices…
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Feb-Mar-April 2020 Outlook

/products/predictions/long_range/lead01/off01_temp.gif The three-month forecast is showing south Georgia with a 40-50% chance of above-average temperatures. Precipitation shows us in white which means Equal Chances (EC). Equal chances mean that precipitation could be anywhere from 33% below normal to 33% above normal. One AgDay meteorologist, Mike Hoffman, has called for above-average precipitation for the South throughout the winter months. NOAA long-range forecast for May-June-July 2020 shows 60% above average temperatures with 40% above average precipitation. We’re probably not done with the cold just yet.  A few weather stations have mentioned a few more cold shots in February and into March.
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Rural Stress, Mental Health & Self-Care Resources

Image result for uga rural stress"Stress has always been something that farmers have dealt with but recently stress and its effects on mental health have become a topic of discussion. Clint Thompson stated in his recent publication about the awareness of rural stress that “Farmers are an extended family for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents throughout the state, and agents are uniquely positioned to raise awareness about rural stress and mental health concerns for Georgia farmers.”
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2020 GrassMasters Program

GrassMasters Logo Ben Hill County will be hosting a GrassMasters Course this year. The GrassMasters program is a 7 – week-long series of seven educational workshops that focus on forage production.
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