An Advocate for All Growers

Jim Rogers Agri-business, Corn, Labor

By Clint Thompson Karla Thompson is a lawyer by training and farmer by marriage. That combination makes her one of the Southeast’s leading advocates for growers. “I think with advocacy work it really helps because I understand the misperceptions and ideas that people have about the ag industry because I had them myself,” Thompson says. “Before I got involved in …

How Dire Is the Diesel Situation?

Jim Rogers Agri-business

By Frank Giles During the past couple of years, we’ve gotten accustomed to sticker shock as inflation has hit fertilizer, energy, food and more. Prices for diesel are up, and there have been concerns raised about looming diesel shortages. Diesel literally fuels agriculture and the transportation of food in this country. It caught the public’s attention when headlines ran that …

5 Tips for Hurricane Reporting and Documentation

Jim Rogers Agri-business, Weather

As growers begin to assess the damage left by Hurricane Ian, there’s some important considerations to keep in mind. Kimberly Lott, with Crop Disaster Recovery, provides five tips. She noted that many growers didn’t receive the full amount of money they could have been eligible for after Hurricane Irma — reporting and documentation are key. 1. REPORT LOSSES, GET INSPECTIONGrowers …

Hurricane Ian Damage Assessment Gets Underway

Jim Rogers Agri-business, Weather

By Frank Giles There is no question Hurricane Ian will go down as a historic catastrophe in Florida. It’s impact on agriculture will likely be historic as well. While it is too early to know the full extent of damage, AgNet Media is reaching out to growers and various industry associations and agencies to learn the extent of damage to …

Succeeding at Retail Sales

Jim Rogers Agri-business

By Tiffany Bailey There are many benefits to selling organics to retail customers. First of all, when growers are selling retail, they are cutting out parties from the middle that normally exist between a grower and a customer. This provides the grower with the highest possible financial benefits. Also, growers are able to interact directly with customers. This provides the …

Ag Sector Likely to Support Economy Through Possible Recession

Jim Rogers Agri-business

Though concern exists about impending recession in the U.S., the traditional economic indicators of recession aren’t yet apparent. This is especially true in the agricultural sector, says Georgia’s State Fiscal Economist Jeffrey Dorfman, a professor of agricultural and applied economics in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.    “The interesting question is, if I run a business …

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Consumers Paying More for BBQ

Jim Rogers Agri-business, General

This year’s Independence Day cookouts will have consumers paying more for their favorite backyard food fare. They will pay $69.68 for their summer cookout foods, including cheeseburgers, pork chops, chicken breasts, homemade potato salad, strawberries and ice cream, based on a new American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) marketbasket survey. The average cost of a summer cookout for 10 people is $69.68, which …

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Hired Farm Workers, Wages Increased in April

Jim Rogers Agri-business, Labor

The number of hired farm workers and wage rates increased during this past April, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 630,000 workers hired directly by farm operators on farms and ranches throughout the country during the week of April 10-16, 2022. It increased by 3% from the April 2021 reference week. By comparison, …