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Skaggs: Capital calls, but Hall County will always be home

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.

December 17, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: Ag Forecast session set Jan. 24 in Gainesville

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.

December 16, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business


Skaggs: Give trees a little TLC this winter

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?

December 10, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Christmas gifts for gardeners

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.

December 03, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Life


Skaggs: UGA to offer new agribusiness degree in Tifton

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents recently gave the University of Georgia approval to offer a new program at its Tifton location.

December 02, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business


UGA Tifton campus gets degree for agribusiness

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents recently gave the University of Georgia approval to offer a new program at its Tifton location.

December 01, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business


Holidays aren’t complete without a fresh-cut tree

Is it just me or is the Christmas season beginning earlier each year? Personally, I would like to at least finish Trick or Treating before I begin thinking about Christmas.

November 25, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Plant now to have color and fragrance in the winter

Winter is a strange time to think of flowers in the landscape. Yet it can be a surprising awakening in the garden. Some trees, shrubs, vines, annuals and perennials bloom between fall and spring.

November 19, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: Give thanks to those who feed the world

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.

November 18, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business


Clean and oil garden tools before storing for winter

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.

November 11, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Life


Skaggs: Trees and shrubs are vulnerable to winter weather

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.

November 05, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: Georgia farmers getting taste for pomegranates

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.

November 04, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business


Skaggs: Fall season is a busy time for gardeners

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.

October 28, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: Dealing with deer in the landscape

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.

October 21, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: Graves to speak at Farm City Breakfast Nov. 17

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.

October 21, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business


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