As you have likely heard, I will be leaving Hall County Cooperative Extension in January for a new job at the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Commissioner-elect Gary Black has asked me to serve as chief operating officer for the department.
With local producers in mind, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has announced its fifth annual Ag Forecast Series. One of the five sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 24 at the Georgia Mountains Center in Gainesville (others are Jan. 25 in Tifton, Jan. 27 in Statesboro, Feb. 9 in Carrollton and Feb. 10 in Macon). A networking lunch will follow.
As winter approaches, most of us retreat to the cozy confines of our warm, toasty living rooms. We're content watching football, reading a good book, or pouring over the Christmas to-do list. However, have you thought about how your trees are coping with the winter weather?
It is one week after 'Black Friday,' the supposed busiest shopping day of the year, and the question remains 'Is your Christmas shopping complete?' For some, the answer may be yes, but for most of us, we still have much to do.
These days, it may be a little tough to remain thankful as we endure a national economic crisis. However, it is in times like these that we should be all the more thankful for the many blessings we have received.
If you don't plan to grow a fall garden, fall is the perfect time to inspect, repair and clean your gardening tools. When spring fever arrives, nothing is more frustrating than pulling out your gardening tools only to find a shovel or rake that is rusty or broken, or a tiller that won't crank.
Halloween is behind us, and Thanksgiving is fast approaching. Many have already begun shopping and making their holiday preparations. And while this is a busy time of year, you shouldn't completely forget about the trees and shrubs that make up the "bones" of your landscape. Trees and shrubs provide structure, texture, color, and form to the landscape and are valuable long-term investments.
Some Georgia farmers are considering growing pomegranates, the multi-seeded, high-value, hard-to-peel fruit, which has surged in popularity in recent years, said Dan MacLean, a researcher with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences based in Tifton.
Fall is an exciting time for gardening. It may be our last chance to have fun in the garden until next spring. Fortunately, we can garden essentially year-round in Georgia, and fall is the ideal time for many activities.
Throughout the year, the Extension office receives many complaints from gardeners of unwanted critters visiting their landscapes - namely deer. As we move into fall and winter, deer browsing becomes even more commonplace. Pansies, azaleas, camellias, and many other plants are the targets of deer feeding.
American farmers and ranchers literally help feed the world by producing a bounty of agricultural products. To do this, they rely on essential partnerships with urban and suburban communities to supply, sell and deliver finished products across the country and around the globe.