2017 Ag Forecast

first_imgIn 2017, Georgia row crop farmers will likely devote more acreage to the state’s tried-and-true commodities: cotton and peanuts. This and other agricultural projections for the year were the focus of the 10th annual Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series, held across the state Jan. 18-27.The first event was held in Macon, Georgia, on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Georgia Farm Bureau building. Other seminars were held in Athens, Bainbridge, Carrollton, Lyons, Marietta, Tifton and Waynesboro, Georgia, each focusing on the commodities of interest in the area. The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences presented the forecasts in partnership with the Georgia Farm Bureau, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and Farm Credit – Southwest Georgia, with support from Georgia Agribusiness Council.“The Georgia Ag Forecast events allow us to report on trends and share what we believe is going to happen. This gives farmers the opportunity to make good decisions,” said Sam Pardue, CAES dean and director. “The things that we do in agriculture are important not only for the state of Georgia, but for this nation and the world. I am grateful that men and women invest their lives, their energy and resources into an enterprise that does so much good in so many places.”Kent Wolfe, director of the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, expects the U.S. economy to grow faster in 2017 than it did in 2016. “We’ll see an increase in consumer spending, disposable income and business spending,” he said.The good news for farmers is that the price of inputs, like fertilizer and diesel fuel, are down. Seed prices may increase by 1 percent, machinery costs may rise 1.5 percent and labor rates are expected to remain the same, Wolfe said. The price of diesel fuel is down from a year ago, but is expected to increase in 2017.BEEFThe U.S. cattle supply is recovering after a long-term downward trend due in part to drought. Many producers were forced to reduce their herds because of lack of pasture grass and hay.“We are at a good starting point going forward, but the folks on the demand side had other options, mainly pork and poultry,” CAES agricultural economist Levi Russell said. “The good news is that people still desire beef and often buy quality cuts of beef when they have expendable income.”To make a profit, beef producers in Georgia will need improved pasture conditions and should be savvy marketers.POULTRYOn the poultry side, UGA experts expect production to increase, but growth to be slower than it was in 2016. Competition from other meats will press prices down, but low feed costs should ultimately determine profits in 2017, Russell said. “We had a really big year in poultry. Broiler production on the national level was high in 2016,” he said. “Greater domestic supplies will make exports even more important in 2017.”HOGSThe hog industry saw relatively strong profits in the first half of 2016, but record supply in the last four months of the year led to losses. Hog supplies are expected to grow more slowly, and U.S. pork consumption is expected to increase by 0.4 pounds per person this year, a “modest” increase, Russell said.CORNAmerican farmers grew a record corn crop in 2016, but Georgia yields were down despite an increase in acreage. U.S. corn acreage is expected to decrease due to lower corn prices in relation to soybean prices, said UGA Cooperative Extension economist Don Shurley.“Corn has a good, solid place in Georgia. It’s a good rotation crop with cotton and peanuts,” Shurley said. “Ten to 15 years ago, corn was averaging $2.50 a bushel. Georgia prices will likely be in the low $4 range, but we are a long way from $2.50.”The increase in ethanol levels due to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel standard program is good for corn producers, but whether or not strong exports continue is the big question, he said.COTTON Georgia’s acreage has been down for the last two years, but cotton remains “a very stable part of our agricultural economy,” said Shurley, who specializes in researching the crop. Drought conditions in 2016 prevented cotton bolls from filling out early, causing farmers to lose some of their crop. Shurley expects Georgia’s cotton acreage to remain stable or decline slightly. “It will be hard for cotton to compete at the high prices we’re hearing about for peanuts. But a peanut acreage increase could come from both corn and cotton,” he said. “Any increase will be limited by farmers’ decisions on crop rotation.”PEANUTSPeanut acreage nationwide was up in 2016, but down slightly in Georgia. Yields in Georgia have been on a downward trend for the past three years. Despite a significant drought, Georgia farmers produced 2.8 million pounds of peanuts, the third-highest statewide yield since 2000.Domestic use of peanuts has been strong as reports continue to tout the health benefits of the nut, and exports to China and Vietnam have increased peanut use.“Peanuts will be strong, but there’s going to be competition for land between cotton and peanuts,” Shurley said. “It’s hard for cotton to compete.”SOYBEANSSoybean crops broke records nationwide last year, but acreage and yields in Georgia were down. Georgia farmers harvested 7.2 million bushels, which was a 46 percent decrease from 2015. Acreage may increase in Georgia this year as soybean prices are expected to be higher relative to corn prices, he said.WHEATWheat acreage has decreased nationwide and in Georgia over the past three years. “Wheat prices have gotten weaker and prices will continue to stay low due to a large oversupply in the U.S. and worldwide,” Shurley said.Like weather forecasts, agricultural forecasts are predictions based on research and trends. Mother Nature, a new U.S. president and administration, and individual decisions by farmers will affect the nation’s agricultural markets.“Even the best decisions can be thwarted by things that are out of our control, like the drought we just came out of,” Pardue said. “If you are in agriculture, the thing you can depend on is that weather is going to be a constantly changing factor that you can’t control. If you are in agriculture, you have to be an optimist.”Depending on the location, guest speakers at the events were either Bob Redding of the Redding Firm in Washington, who gave an update on the pending farm bill that will govern U.S. farm policy for the next five years, or the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine’s Brent Credille, an assistant professor specializing in beef production medicine, who updated farmers on new rules for antibiotic use in animal agriculture.last_img read more

Vermont’s Fire Apparatus Magazine sold to PennWell

first_imgPennWell Corporation, a diversified global media and information company, announced today that it has acquired Tunbridge, Vermont-based Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment magazine and the website FireMagazine.com. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed.Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment, founded in 1996 in Tunbridge, Vermont by C. Peter and Kathryn Jorgensen under the company name Fire Apparatus, LLC, is widely recognized as the leading source of information about fire apparatus-related products. Published monthly for a North American readership of 35,000, Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment caters to fire chiefs, purchasing and finance committees, trustees, commissioners and other fire professionals who buy trucks, tools, turnout gear and firefighting equipment. They read Fire Apparatus and the monthly Fire Apparatus eNewsletter for news and insight to make well-informed buying decisions.Noting that PennWell is the undisputed leader in providing information for the fire service as publisher of Fire Engineering magazine and owner of the FDIC (Fire Department Instructors Conference) trade show, PennWell President and Chief Executive Officer Robert F. Biolchini said, “PennWell is pleased to expand our fire portfolio with this outstanding publication and website, which provides us a vertical extension focused on equipment and apparatus. Since 1996 Kathryn Jorgensen and her late husband Peter Jorgensen have built their company based on editorial excellence and a strong industry reputation. Fire Apparatus offers a perfect fit with PennWell as we celebrate our own centennial anniversary this year.”Fire Apparatus, LLC President Kathryn Jorgensen will assist with the transition and expressed her confidence in PennWell as the best home for the future growth of the publication and website. “My goal in selling Fire Apparatus was to find a publisher who would continue and strengthen the magazine that my husband founded. I am very pleased that PennWell, which has an excellent reputation in the fire service and in providing information to multiple global markets, will do that,” she said.PennWell will manage the business from its headquarters in Tulsa under Lyle Hoyt, senior vice president responsible for PennWell’s Dental and Fire Groups. Current Fire Apparatus publisher and sales manager Bob Kelly and editor-in-chief Lyn Bixby will continue in those roles under PennWell.In addition to Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment magazine and website, PennWell’s fire-related businesses include Fire Engineering, which has published continuously since 1877 as the leading training magazine for the fire service, along with the more recently launched FireEngineering.com and Fire Engineering University. Founded in 1928, PennWell’s FDIC is the oldest and largest firefighter training show in the world and is held annually for 26,000 attendees and 817 exhibitors occupying 352,000 net square feet at the Indianapolis Convention Center. PennWell is launching a new event, TAK-Response Conference and Exhibition, which will be held September 14’16, 2010 in San Jose, California to provide real-time, threat-based training for law enforcement, fire service, EMS/medical, emergency nursing, homeland security and other disaster professionals. As part of its international expansion, PennWell will hold its first Fire Engineering India Conference & Exhibition in May 2011 in New Delhi, India.PennWell’s dedication to the fire service led to the creation of the Fire Engineering Courage and Valor Foundation following the tragic terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001. This independent, tax-free foundation will exist in perpetuity to annually bestow the Courage and Valor medal and a cash award to the firefighter (or his family, if deceased) who has most exemplified Courage and Valor in a fire rescue. Since 2002 the Courage and Valor award has been presented annually at FDIC in Indianapolis.About PennWellCelebrating its centennial in 2010, PennWell Corporation is a privately held and highly diversified business-to-business media and information company that provides quality content and integrated marketing solutions for the following industries in addition to fire and emergency services: Oil and gas, electric power generation and delivery, hydropower, renewable energy, water and wastewater treatment, waste management, electronics, semiconductor manufacturing, optoelectronics, fiberoptics, nanotechnology, aerospace and avionics, LEDS and lighting, and dental.Founded in 1910, PennWell publishes over 130 print and online magazines and newsletters, conducts 60 conferences and exhibitions on six continents, and has an extensive offering of books, maps, websites, research and database services. In addition to PennWell’s headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Company has major offices in Nashua, New Hampshire; Houston, Texas; London, England; Mountain View, California; Fairlawn, New Jersey; Moscow, Russia, and Hong Kong, China. Source: PennWell Corporation On Friday August 20, 2010, 3:40 pmTULSA, Okla., Aug. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

DONEGAL TOWN DANCER GERARD IS ON TOP OF THE WORLD!

first_imgA homecoming event for Gerard Byrne from Donegal town took place tonight after he won the U-12 Irish World Dancing Championships in Dublin yesterday.The Drimarone native beat of stiff competition to pick up the world title.Supporters crammed the Diamond to cheer the youngster home. Said neighbour Seamus Campbell: “We are delighted for Gerard. He has done the whole county proud by becoming the best in the world.”DONEGAL TOWN DANCER GERARD IS ON TOP OF THE WORLD! was last modified: April 18th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal TownGerard ByrneWorld Irish Dancing Championlast_img read more

Asean Grand Prix: Thais dump Indonesians ahead of PH showdown

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