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Skaggs: Georgia Turfgrass Institute coming in early December

Experts from across the Southeast will share their agronomic knowledge Dec. 5-6 during the annual Turfgrass Institute and Trade Show at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth. According to Georgia Turfgrass Association president Mark Banta, this year's turf show promises to be great.

February 02, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Business

Skaggs: Poinsettia can bring holiday cheer

Along with evergreens, poinsettias embody the holiday spirit and help create festive displays. The challenge is deciding how many, what color, leaf shape, plant size and form to buy.

February 02, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Skaggs: Ag Forecast 2008 coming to Gainesville

It's not unusual to talk business over breakfast. But on five midwinter mornings, "Ag Forecast 2008" will offer a rare opportunity as economists, farmers, agribusiness leaders and lenders gather over breakfast to discuss crucial business information and look at Georgia's agricultural future.

January 21, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Business

Skaggs: Garden center owners hope for strong holiday sales

Garden center owners have watched extreme weather pummel their businesses this year. They hope the holiday season will end the troubled year on a greener note.

January 20, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Business

Skaggs: An easier way to buy local food

If you have Georgia on your mind and need a taste of it in your belly, a new Web site from the University of Georgia can help with your search.

January 20, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Business

Skaggs: Learn from industry experts at the Winter Green conference

If you're part of Georgia's horticulture and/or turfgrass industry, you will definitely want to attend the Georgia Green Industry Association's Winter Green / Winter School conference on Jan.23-26 at the Classic Center in Athens.

January 14, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Business

Skaggs: As area farmers endure drought, let’s give thanks

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the many blessings we have received throughout our lives.

January 13, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Business

Skaggs: Plant this fall with drought in mind

With the ongoing drought and water restrictions, gardeners across North Georgia are wondering what, if anything, they can plant this fall.

January 03, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Skaggs: Conserve water by mulching and weeding

With the ongoing drought, water conservation should be a priority for us all. I hope you are doing everything you can to save water around your home as well as in the landscape. Here are some water conservation tips and suggestions for the landscape and garden.

January 03, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Skaggs: Ag tourism booming in Georgia

From working dairies where kids meet cows to a bed-and-breakfast on a Mennonite farm, Georgians are finding that agriculture and tourism can go together like biscuits and gravy.

November 14, 2007 | Billy Skaggs | Business

Skaggs: Hall County set for annual Farm City Breakfast

Many may find it hard to believe, but Agriculture is among the largest industries in Hall County. Hall County agriculture accounted for more than $275 million in farmgate income in 2006. And in Georgia, Agriculture is the number one industry by far, representing more than $10.5 billion in farmgate income in 2006.

November 12, 2007 | Billy Skaggs | Local

Skaggs: Calling all leaders

In 2003, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in a life-changing leadership program, called the Georgia Agri-Leaders Forum. And the funny thing is, I almost didn't do it.

October 29, 2007 | Billy Skaggs | Business

Skaggs: Drought increases house mosquitoes, Georgia’s West Nile cases

Georgia's rainfall deficit has caused a mosquito population explosion that has led to a rise in the number of West Nile virus cases reported in the state.

October 22, 2007 | Billy Skaggs | Business

SKAGGS: Collect valuable rain in a barrel

With the ongoing drought, the Extension Office has received many calls, questions and suggestions regarding landscape water conservation. Some have been good, others perhaps a bit extreme.
But one conservation practice in particular can greatly increase the chances of your ornamental plants surviving - rain barrels.
With the drought restrictions now facing all of North Georgia and the likelihood of such in the future, more and more homeowners are looking at harvesting or collecting rainwater to save money and their landscapes.
As the drought calls attention to an increasing water crisis, people are seeking ways to minimize the impact on their ...

October 16, 2007 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Sunbelt AG Expo starts next week

The Sunbelt AG Expo starting next week is one of the biggest events of the year for farmers and those involved in agriculture.

October 15, 2007 | Billy Skaggs | Business

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