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Summer means fresh food, sharing the bounty

Well folks, we have crossed over another milestone in our trip around the sun. It is officially planting season.

May 09, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Farm expenses increase 43 percent in five years

It seems cash flow on both sides of the table has increased, but farming is still a tough business to be in.

May 07, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Design garden to attract animals or reduce noise

People are certainly interested in improving the environment and one of the best places to start is in your own backyard.

April 25, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Ethanol without corn is goal for researchers

Ethanol use is everywhere. Good, bad or indifferent, ethanol is going to be part of what we use to meet our energy needs.

April 23, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Business


For fertilizer application, quantity and timing are important

When it comes to common questions asked at the office, the one I have most often is about lawns and when to fertilize them.

April 11, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Preventing diseases in your home vegetable garden

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

March 28, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Georgia Ports Authority moves more cargo

Georgia ports are busy. There is no doubt it is a big part of the economic engine in the Southeast.

March 27, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Ready for spring? Sample soil now for success later

The past couple of weeks I think my office has shipped close to 100 soil samples to the test lab in Athens. This is always a sign that spring is on the horizon as people begin to prepare and plan what they want to grow this year.

March 14, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: UGA student testifies before Congress about impact of Extension

Growing up in the Gainesville City School System, I did not participate in Georgia 4-H, but over the years of being a county agent I have seen the impact 4-H has on students.

March 12, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Picking the proper place for a vegetable garden

Choosing a garden site is one of the most important decisions any gardener will make.

February 28, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Tax code proposal would change U.S. agriculture

A week ago, I was attending the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development Council monthly meeting. We were all updated on the great things that are happening in Hall County. Expansions, new jobs and optimism are setting Hall County on a course of economic growth that tops most areas in the nation.

February 26, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Keep your Valentine's Day floral arrangement fresh

It's Valentine's Day and what a great way to end the week.

February 14, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Stopping blossom end rot before it starts

I see it year after year in the extension office. Clients come in wondering what to do about their tomatoes or peppers being laid to waste by disease.

January 31, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Congress finally agrees on farm legislation cuts and aid

Developing the latest farm bill has become a marathon of sorts with farmers wondering if it would ever come to fruition.

January 29, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Plant now for roots to grow deep

Throughout the year, people will call wanting planting advice.

January 17, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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Keep your poinsettias looking great all season long

Poinsettias are a native to Mexico and can be seen growing in the wild of their native land. But thanks to the first U.S. ambassador, Joel Poinesett, the plant made its way to the United States when he sent some cuttings back home to South Carolina.

December 19, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Keep your Christmas tree fresh

During this time of year, everyone is busy buying gifts for loved ones and friends, going to Christmas parties and enjoying the magic of the holiday season and its effect on children and grandchildren.

December 05, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Controlling squirrel population around your house

Squirrels around the house can be a blessing or a curse. It all depends on whether or not the squirrel has made it to your attic.

November 21, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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