Fri June 3, 2011

Spring Rain Leads to Dramatic Improvement for Colorado's Winter Wheat Crop

photo by Just call me Jac Flickr

Agriculture officials say Colorado’s winter wheat crop is improving.  For the first time this spring, about two-thirds of the winter wheat crop is rated in fair to good condition, according to the latest Colorado Crop Progress report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Fri May 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Georgia Farmers Say Immigration Law Keeps Workers Away

In Georgia, farmers have almost everything they need for a successful early harvest, as squash, peppers and peaches are ready for market. But one thing's missing: someone to pick them. Fruit and vegetable farmers blame the state's new immigration reform law, saying it's keeping migrant workers away.

In a Newscast report, Melissa Stiers of Georgia Public Broadcasting spoke to Steven Johnson of South Georgia Produce, who says his crop is ripe on the ground — but there aren't enough people to pick it:

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Mon May 23, 2011

Georgia Farmers Brace For New Immigration Law

Migrant workers hand pick Vidalia onions in Georgia. The vegetable is too delicate to be harvested with machines.
Kathy Lohr NPR

Georgia is putting in place a new law aimed at cracking down on illegal immigrants, and many across the state are nervous. Businesses fear an economic boycott, the Latino community fears police officers will abuse their new powers and farmers in South Georgia fear the law will hurt them dramatically.

Georgia is known for its peaches and Vidalia onions, the state vegetable. The specialty crop is produced in just a few counties in the rural southeast part of the state, where the soil is just right.

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Thu March 31, 2011

Farmers May Boost Corn Crop to Help Ease Global Shortage

Scott Bauer U.S. Dept of Agriculture

U.S. farmers are expected to boost the size of this year’s corn crop - a move that could potentially help to ease global food shortages by the fall.  But even with record-high prices, Colorado farmers may not follow suit.

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Mon March 21, 2011

Agritourism Takes Center Stage in Fairplay

A sign on Grant Family Farms property directs visitors to 2010 Harvestival attractions. The autumn festival is one of many ways farmers and ranchers are diversifying their businesses.
Grace Hood

Agritourism is becoming an increasingly popular way for farmers and ranchers looking to diversify their business and make extra money.

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