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.
It's Valentine's Day and what a great way to end the week.
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.
Developing the latest farm bill has become a marathon of sorts with farmers wondering if it would ever come to fruition.
Throughout the year, people will call wanting planting advice.
The deep freeze we all experienced resulted in more than just frozen pipes.
If you call the office to talk over a problem that is in your landscape, one of the first things I am going to bring up is soil testing. For the $8 it costs for the test, you get a wealth of information that tells you pretty much all you need to know about the "chemical" side of the problem.
It is during this time of year when everyone is busy buying gifts for loved ones and friends, going to Christmas parties and enjoying the magic of the holiday season influencing their children and grandchildren. With all of this happening, it is easy to forget to keep an eye out on the condition of your Christmas tree.
During the past few years, many folks have gone to living off the grid.
This is especially true for producers in South Georgia. We still have some cotton grown in North Georgia in counties such as Oconee, Bartow, Gordon and Floyd.
It seems the leaves are never going to fall this year, so many of us are still using our lawn mowers and leaf blowers. However, soon enough all of this will come to an end as winter sets in. Then, we can put our mowers and leaf blowers away until the spring.
Artificially inseminating cattle has been done by the dairy industry for a while now, but it is relatively new in the beef industry.
I have noticed a lot of spider webs hanging from everything imaginable.
Cattlemen in Georgia are working to organize a state commodity commission for beef, a step other states are considering as well.
For Hall County, autumn is one of the greatest times of year.
The worst thing you can add to a picnic or outdoor party is a mosquito. Not just one mosquito, but a whole swarm of mosquitoes.
Tradition in the South is important, and of all the summertime traditions like beach vacations, family reunions and going to the farmers' market, finding the perfect watermelon is a real treat for most of us.
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