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A young visitor to the UGA Pavilion at the 2011 Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga., Oct. 19 learns about giant cockroaches. CAES News
Expo weathers on
Despite an uncomfortable mix of wet, cold and windy weather, North America’s premier farm show, the Sunbelt Ag Expo, marched on this week in Moultrie, Ga. More than 70,000 visitors perused the wears of 1,200 vendors, a North Carolina farmer was tapped as the Southeast’s top and land-grant universities brought their messages to the masses.
After just two days of developing in the egg, a chicken's heart beats. Like in human development, the heart is one of the first organs to develop in birds. It beats to circulate blood throughout the chicken's circulatory system so it can grow into a healthy bird. Wings and eyes are easily seen by day six. The chick is ready to hatch after 21 days. CAES News
Chickenology
After just two days of developing in the egg, a chicken’s heart beats. Students discovered the beating organ firsthand after cracking open eggs to learn about embryo development in “Chickenology,” a seminar course offered by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Mike Lacy, UGA poultry science department head, shows Farm Bureau president Zippy Duvall and committee members some of UGA's poultry flock housed on the Athens, Ga. campus. CAES News
Eat more chicken
The poultry industry in Georgia has grown steadily since the 1940s. Like all of agriculture, poultry has had its share of ups and downs. Right now, it’s facing a perfect storm created by high corn prices, escalated fuel prices and a down economy.
Steve Stice and Franklin West with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences stand with their pigs in Athens in April of 2010. CAES News
Disease-resistant chickens
A team of researchers from the University of Georgia and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working to develop a new technology to breed chickens resistant to Newcastle Virus.
J. Scott Angle, dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Science. CAES News
Growth potential
A report this week from the Foreign Agricultural Service and the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council shows U.S. poultry meat exports in February increased by 15 percent in quantity and nearly 18 percent in value over the same month last year. This signals an improvement in the world economy, but also shows the value of our ports and agriculture’s driving force to improve our economic situation.
Mike Lacy, Jack Houston and Catherine Keske met with several women's cooperatives in Mali and hope to partner with one of these groups to build and run the model hatchery. CAES News
UGA Malian mission
In February, University of Georgia poultry experts traveled to the West African country of Mali to establish a poultry and biogas program to improve food security and expand economic opportunities for Mali’s rural poor population, especially its women.
Dr. Casey Ritz is an Extension Poultry Scientist with the UGA Poultry Science Department. CAES News
Ammonia reduced in poultry bedding, manure.
According to a University of Georgia poultry specialist, if chickens eat a bit of charcoal it helps lower the amount of ammonia in their manure, which can lead to happier, healthier and more environmentally friendly chickens.
Roosters in a laboratory on the University of Georgia campus in Athens, Ga. CAES News
Organic poultry feed contained no salmonella
Salmonella appears on organic poultry farms less often than conventional poultry farms, according to a recent University of Georgia study.
John McKissick gives the 2011 Ag Forecast in Gainesville, Ga., on Monday, Jan. 24. CAES News
Ag Forecast 2011
Georgia farmers are staring at record prices this year for the crops they grow. But high crop prices aren’t good for all, particularly for those who raise animals, said a University of Georgia economist.
Athens, Ga., was blanketed in snow and then ice, much like the rest of north Georgia, on Jan. 9, 2011. The aftermath left homeowners and agribusinesses alike trying to dig out of the storm. CAES News
Winter storms
Severe winter weather struck Georgia last week. The dangerous mix of snow and ice that locked down much of the middle and northern parts of the state brought unusual winter worries to farmers in those regions.