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Onlookers watch as an Air Robot 100B, an unmanned device, is demonstrated Thursday afternoon at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center. The demonstration was part of a two-day AUVSI Atlanta Chapter Unmanned Systems in Agriculture Conference. The Air Robot 100B, which is equipped with a video camera, is controlled by David Price (with controller), a senior research technologist at Georgia Tech. It is is designed to aid the military, police or fire department, by reaching a certain height and looking down on something. CAES News
Agricultural technology
Remote-controlled helicopters, unmanned aircraft equipped with imaging sensors; welcome to the future of agriculture.
Farmers and members of the general public met in Macon on March 20 to view a listening session in Atlanta on the proposed new food safety act. Lee Lancaster, senior compliance specialist with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, is shown explaining how to submit comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. CAES News
Food safety act
Concerned Georgia farmers gathered in Atlanta, Macon and Tifton on Wednesday, March 20 to hear a summary of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new Food Safety Modernization Act. Proposed by Congress, the act was developed in an effort to improve the safety of the nation’s food supply.
Freshly-picked strawberries CAES News
No fruit yet
The temptation is great to let newly set fruit plants bear fruit the first year, but don’t be give in. Whether they are fruit trees or tiny plants like strawberries, these plants need that first year to become established.
Watemelon and cotton plants grow together in a south Georgia field. CAES News
Melons + cotton
Cantaloupes and cotton might seem like an odd couple but they’re actually proving to be a perfect pair. Planting the two together is proving to reduce planting time and costs while generating the same, if not more, profit for some Georgia farmers.
Students work in a raised bed garden at High Shoals Elementary School as part of the school's community supported agriculture fundraising project. CAES News
Farm to School month
With the majority of American children at least two generations removed from the farm, it is common for them to think their food originates at the grocery store. Or even worse, they may think it comes from a fast food restaurant. The Farm to School program was established to help battle this misperception and to help children connect and appreciate the food they eat.
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Red, pink or green?
Gardeners often argue about when tomatoes should be picked — when they’re ripe, almost ripe or green as the stalk that supports them.
Shade grown peppers in Tifton research plot. Researcher: Juan Carlos Diaz-Perez. CAES News
Longer, improved pepper production with shade cloth
As the seasons turn, commercial bell pepper growers in the Southeast share a common foe: the sun.
Pears hang from a tree in a middle Georgia home landscape. CAES News
Pear disease
Fire blight, a common plant disease that is persistent in the Southeast, makes growing edible pears in Georgia difficult. Most pears produced in the U.S. are grown in Oregon and Washington, states where the disease does not become a problem.
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Bee Institute, May 10-12
Faculty members from Young Harris College and the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will host their annual Bee Keeping Institute, May 10-12 in Young Harris, Ga.