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2001 in Review: Agriculture
0030 Georgia's Pork Industry Continues to Weaken 0095 (January 4, 2001) - This year, odds are most pork products you buy at the grocery store will not be made from hogs raised in Georgia.

002F On-farm Facility Adds Value to Veggie Crop 00F8 (January 22, 2001) - Until last year, as much as half of Bill Lee's jalapeƱo pepper crop was wasted. Peppers that didn't meet the peak-quality demands of the fresh-produce market were thrown away or never picked. But not anymore.

002E Farmers Struggling to Feed Georgia Cattle 00E4 (January 23, 2001) - From a distance, you'd think the cows in Wesley Fiveash's Crisp County pasture have plenty of green grass to eat. You'd be wrong. A closer look shows a serious problem that could get worse.

002E Georgia Farmers Could See Historic Prices 00C0 (February 22, 2001) - A historic event that could happen in farm commodity prices this year would be good tidings for some Georgia farmers and devastating news for many others.

0035 Farmers Might Have Chance to Act Against Drought 011B (February 28, 2001) - By March 1, the Department of Natural Resources will predict whether or not Georgia faces another year of severe drought. If a severe drought is predicted, the Flint River Drought Protection Act will be initiated for the 2001 growing season.

002B Georgia Corn Growers' Outlook Brighter 00F2 (March 13, 2001) - Georgia farmers face another year of severe drought, and the prices of many major commodities remain low. But the long rows ahead look a little better for corn growers, says a University of Georgia expert.

002F No 'Business as Usual' for Tobacco Farmers 0121 (March 21, 2001) - With the coming of spring, Georgia tobacco farmers are preparing to plant the state's third most valuable crop. But it won't be business as usual. Experts say ongoing changes will continue to affect farmers and the rural economies that surround them.

002A Peachy Outlook for Georgia Peach Crop 00D4 (March 23, 2001) - Not since the early 1990s have Georgians had such promise for an abundant crop of sweet Georgia peaches. University of Georgia experts say this may indeed be a very good year.

002E Foot-and-mouth a Threat to U.S. Livestock 00D0 (March 28, 2001) - Foot-and-mouth disease poses a threat to the United States because of the high volume of traffic between Europe and the United States, says a University of Georgia expert.

0030 Vidalia Onions Late, Small, in Short Supply 00EA (April 10, 2001) - Cold, unstable weather through December and January has taken a toll on the state's valuable Vidalia onion crop. Experts say the crop will be late, possibly smaller than normal and in short supply.

002D New Disease Threatens Georgia Day Lilies 00D2 (April 17, 2001) - A new plant disease threatens to blemish the reputation of Georgia day lilies. Timely identification and strict regulatory efforts, though, have stopped the disease for now.

002E Georgia Farmers Eye Peanut Program Change 00DD (May 4, 2001) - A federal program that anchors a major part of Georgia's farm economy is currently under fire as the United States prepares its future farm policy to comply with freer trade in the world.

0027 Korean Ag Delegation Visits UGA CAES 013D (May 17, 2001) - Five representatives of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Academy of Agricultural Sciences have spent the past two weeks learning about farm research from University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences specialists in Athens, Griffin and Tifton.

001F Where are the True Vidalias? 0098 (May 31, 2001) - When is a Vidalia onion not a Vidalia onion? University of Georgia researchers are searching for a definitive answer.

002E 'Downsizing' Georgia Farmer Raising Quail 00AE (July 11, 2001) - A decline in certain natural habitats has severely decreased the wild population of one of Georgia's primary game birds: the bobwhite quail.

002C Forage Test Can Be Lifesaver for Cattle 00F3 (July 20, 2001) - A new kit enables county agents to go to a field, test a forage sample and get a reasonably accurate assessment of its nitrate content. That's important, because at very high levels, nitrate can kill cattle.

002F Rain Mixed Blessing for Georgia Peach Crop 00E2 (July 23, 2001) - This summer, timely rains have helped Georgia farmers recover from three years of severe drought. Peach growers, however, know too much of a good thing can bring a whole new set of problems.

0036 Ag Secretary Gets Crash Course in Georgia Farming 00D6 (August 1, 2001) - Georgia farmers and officials gave U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman a crash course in farm practices, crops and farm issues particular to area agriculture here July 30.

0032 Scientists Find EASY Way to Monitor Water Use 0162 (August 4, 2001) - What do you get when you combine a washtub, chicken wire, a toilet bowl float and a few things from your local hardware store? You get a precise monitoring device that can save time, save money and help conserve water, say experts with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

002E Veneman: Farmers Need Freer Foreign Trade 00E5 (August 17, 2001) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman told farmers and farm policy makers here that the United States must embrace freer trade with foreign countries "or our farmers will be left behind."

0030 Editorial: Globalization Challenges Farmers 00DE (September 5, 2001) - This guest editorial by Georgia farmer Murray Campbell offers a compelling argument for less government regulation on U.S. farmers to help them compete in the new global marketplace.

0032 Groups Partner to Build Farm, Ecology Tourism 00BB (September 10, 2001) - Pick your own apples or grapes. Dump a load of cotton. Pack some peaches or peppers. Herd some calves. Go shrimping. Or just walk in a peanut field.

002B Rains Boost Crop Yields, Prod Diseases 00E4 (September 17, 2001) - In most cases, the weather has helped Georgia farmers' crops this year. But it's also helped plant-threatening diseases thrive in many Georgia fields, says a University of Georgia expert.

003B Study Finds Georgia Muscadines Chock-Full of Nutrients 007A (December 5, 2001) - UGA study helps Georgia muscadine growers sell their grapes to the supplement market.

002F Market Shift Threatens U.S. Cotton Growers 0134 (December 13, 2001) - The worldwide demand for cotton shirts and breeches has never been better. The U.S. industry that turns cotton into products like these, however, is in major economic trouble. And their stress means U.S. growers are having to depend more than ever on foreign buyers.

0030 New Product Offers Farmers Market for Kenaf 00F2 (December 19, 2001) - Kenaf, a plant related to cotton and okra, is usually grown either as a forage crop for animals or for its fiber. But a middle Georgia businessman wants farmers to grow it for use in building materials.

0030 Barnes: Farms, Schools Key to Rural Economy 2619 (December 18, 2001) - TIFTON - Rural communities and agriculture depend on each other, said Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes here at the Symposium on Value-added Agriculture Dec. 14.

(Brad Haire is the former news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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