The role of FFA and 4-H in helping pass on the family farm tradition

Explore how ag programs like FFA and 4-H help pass along the family farm tradition.

There’s a misconception going on about agriculture in this country. Many consumers believe that the industry has been taken over by corporations running “factory farms.” The truth of the matter is that farms and ranches in the U.S. overwhelmingly maintain the family farm tradition. The 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture showed that 97 percent of the 2.1 million farms in the U.S. are family-owned and operated. It also revealed that the average age of principal operators is 58.3 years old, meaning a large majority of those who run America’s family farms are likely to consider retirement soon. They’ll need someone to step into the role of principal operator. This is where programs like FFA and 4-H help to pass on the tradition of the family farm.Read More

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AgAmericaEats Recipes: Holiday Pairings of Cookies and Drinks that fill you up with cheer

Find recipes for holiday pairings of sweets and drinks that will cheer you to your toes.

Baking holiday cookies and making holiday drinks are two traditions that fill the season with tasty treats and good cheer. It’s a time when the fruits of agriculture’s labors can come together to make sugary and savory goodies to give and share. Find our compilation of the best recipes for holiday pairings of sweets and drinks for you and your family this holiday season.Read More

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Agritech: How South Carolina Farmers Are Conserving Water with Weather Stations

South Carolina farmers are getting help battling drought and saving water with irrigation technology.

Technology has always been a force that moves agriculture forward, and it’s being harnessed by South Carolina farmers to fight drought and conserve water, thanks to Clemson University irrigation specialist Jose Payero.  According to a release by Clemson University, Payero is putting real-time information on the weather, soil, and crops into the hands of farmers so they can make better decisions about irrigation. Read the details below.Read More

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A Real Christmas Tree vs. an Artificial Tree

‘Tis the season to find a Christmas tree, and the facts will convince you that a real Christmas tree is the way to go.

The weather outside may be turning frightful, but your fire is so delightful, especially next to a Christmas tree decked out with ornaments and all the trimmings. If you haven’t put your tree up yet, and you’re still considering whether to get a real Christmas tree or go the artificial route, make sure you comb through the below facts to ensure your tree choice is the best one for your family and the environment.Read More

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AgAmerica Thanksgiving Ag Recipes with Corn, Sweet Potatoes, and Turkey

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and if you were searching for a few new Thanksgiving ag recipes to try this year, look no further.

The Thanksgiving holiday is all about being thankful for family and friends and gathering around the table to celebrate the year’s harvest. It’s the best time of the year to try out a few new Thanksgiving ag recipes that showcase traditional harvest time commodities like turkey and sweet potatoes. Let one of the recipes bellows grace your Thanksgiving table this year.Read More

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A look at the Southeast Corn Varieties

There are many crops grown in the southern region of the United States; take a look at Southeast corn varieties.

Corn is a favorite vegetable, but the corn gracing American tables isn’t the only variety of corn grown. A lot of corn comes out of the Southeast, and it’s used for a variety of purposes, including playing center stage at barbecues, cookouts, and family dinners. Read about all the Southeast corn varieties below.Read More

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USDA Corn Harvest Update

Find out the latest news on this year’s corn harvest.

Corn is one of the largest crop commodities in the U.S., and farmers all over the country—from the Midwest to Southeastern states—are wrapping up or have completed their own corn harvest. Though there was drought, fire, flooding, and hurricanes in other parts of the country, the weather was favorable for growing corn in the main areas of the corn belt and most secondary areas where corn production is high.

The weather has been so favorable that corn producers may just be on to a record-setting corn harvest. Find out what the USDA’s latest report says on the harvesting of one of the country’s largest crops.Read More

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Thankful for Ag: the History of Cornucopia

The Horn of Plenty, or cornucopia, is a common harvest motif, but do you know why?

You’ve likely seen the traditional symbols of the harvest—ears of corn, strands of wheat, and the cornucopia among them—but do you know the history of the cornucopia? Depicted as a horn overflowing with fruits, vegetables, and nuts, it is also called the Horn of Plenty. It has long represented the harvest in Western culture, and it has come to be associated with Thanksgiving. Read about the cornucopia’s ancient roots and modern depictions below.Read More

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Taking a Look at Female Farm Leaders and Their Roles in Ag

Women in agriculture have been a cornerstone in the industry; explore female farm leaders and why they’re so important.

There’s no denying that women have always played an important role in agriculture, but the role of female farm leaders is one that has often been understated. Take a look at the statistics concerning female farm leaders, why they’re important, and how women in ag can find support.Read More

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Update on Tennessee crops: What’s harvesting now?

Find out which Tennessee crops are harvested through the end of the year.

As the calendar moves into November, the harvests of most states are done and in the books. However, Tennessee offers a rich soil and a mostly temperate climate that’s conducive to growing a wide array of crops. Agriculture is a main industry in The Volunteer State, with many Tennessee crops being harvested throughout the year. See what’s being harvested right now, according to the Pick Tennessee Products website, in Tennessee below.Read More

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