Publications

UGA Extension publications offer free, research-based information to Georgians on a variety of topics including agriculture, the environment, families, food, lawn and garden, and youth. The publications below are based on agricultural and applied economics related topics.

Understanding the Commodity Loan Programs for Major Row Crops in Georgia – This publication discusses the marketing assistance loans and loan deficiency payments available to Georgia row crop producers under the circumstance of low commodity prices. (Yangxuan Liu, Anukul Bhattarai, and Mark Welch, March 2020). 

Hemp Budget for CBD Production in Georgia - With the passage of the 2018 Farm bill, hemp has been removed from the list of Schedule 1 substances. In addition to this rescheduling, the bill also called on the nation’s land grant universities to research and assess hemp. At the University of Georgia, the Departments of Agricultural & Applied Economics and Horticulture collaborated to develop an enterprise budget for hemp production in Georgia. (Ben Campbell, Adam Rabinowitz, Julie Campbell, Tim Coolong, Jeremy Baudrand, January 24, 2020)

The Hemp Regulatory Environment: A Brief History and Outline of Current U.S. and Georgia Regulations - (Adam Rabinowitz, Julie Campbell, Ben Campbell, January 9, 2020)

Crop and Pasture Land Rental Rates for Georgia Counties - Land rental rates can consist of a significan portion of operating budgets.  (Adam Rabinowitz, Johnson Collins, November 11, 2019)

Updating the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Payment Yields in the 2018 Farm Bill - The 2018 Farm Bill permits landowners of farms an opportunity to update the PLC payment yield for each covered commodity. This factsheet discusses how to update the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Payment Yields in the 2018 Farm Bill. The PLC payment yield update is very important because the PLC payment yield is used for calculating the PLC payment. The higher the PLC payment yield on a farm, the higher the PLC payment that farm can potentially receive. (Yangxuan Liu, John Lai, Adam Rabinowitz, October 2019)

Externalities with Establishing Hemp Production/Processing -  As production of hemp increases throughout the Southeast, producers and potential producers need to be aware of issues that may result from establishing production and processing operations.  (Julie Campbell, Ben Campbell, Adam Rabinowitz, August 30, 2019)

Hemp Production Economics: Current Situation in Georgia - Currently,  the University of Georgia does not  have enough information  to develop enterprise  budgets  and  other  economic  tools  for  producers  and  stakeholders  within  the  state. (Ben Campbell, Adam Rabinowitz, Julie Campbell, August 30, 2019)

Awareness and Perceptions of Hemp - As  producers,  extension  agents,  specialists,  and  policy  makers  engage  with  the  public  about  hemp  related  topics,  a  central  issue  is  the  confusion  between  hemp and marijuana.  Though  hemp and marijuana are technically the same species (Cannabis sativa L.), they are significantly  different  from  one  another.  (Adam Rabinowitz, Julie Campbell, Ben Campbell, August 30, 2019)

Consumer Views on Use and Legality of Hemp Based Products - As  hemp  products  gain  traction  and  increase  in  availability  and  use,  the  industry  as  well  as  extension  professionals  need  to  understand  consumer  sentiment  toward  hemp  products.   Currently, hemp production is highly regulated; however, hemp and hemp‐based products are  less regulated.  (Julie Campbell, Adam Rabinowitz, Ben Campbell, August 30, 2019)

Importance of Shrink Minimization in Greenhouse Production - The purpose of this factsheet is to demonstrate the impact shrinkage has on profitability. (Campbell, Ben, July 2019)

Understanding the 2018 Farm Bill Effective Reference Price – The 2018 Farm Bill created a new Effective Reference Price (ERP) to act as an escalator to the statutory reference price (RP) when marketing year average (MYA) prices increase. This publication provides a more detailed discussion about the new ERP that can affect Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage-County (ARC-CO) payments for the five largest row crop commodities (cotton, peanut, corn, soybean, and wheat) produced in Georgia. (Yangxuan Liu, Adam Rabinowitz, John Lai, July 2019, Revised Oct 01, 2019)

Cotton Payments, Disaster Assistance, and Safety Net Update -  This factsheet discusses the Market Facilitation Program, the legislative process related to disaster assistance, seed cotton program updates in the 2018 Farm Bill, choices between ARC/PLC enrollment, and STAX for the seed cotton program. (Don Shurley and Yangxuan Liu, March 2019)

First Look at the Farm Bill Title I for Row Crops: Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. - The 2018 Farm Bill continues programs for Title I commodities from the 2014 Farm Bill: the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program, the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program, and the Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) program with Loan Deficiency Payments (LDP). This factsheet identifies some major changes in the new farm bill.  (Yangxuan Liu and Adam Rabinowitz, December 2018)

Implications of Hurricane Michael on the Seed Cotton ARC  - With the hurricane causing tremendous damages to our cotton industry, a lot of counties suffer from tremendous yield losses. This factsheet compares between the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) for this year after Hurricane Michael. We conducted the analysis based on some representative counties in GA. (Yangxuan Liu, October 2018)

What Farmers Need to Know about Crop Insurance and Prevented Planting - Southern Georgia has seen a lot of rain during the month of May. This publication discusses important details about crop insurance and prevented planting claims. There are some frequently asked questions, answers, and links to additional resources. (Rabinowitz, May 2018)

How Generic Base Could Be Treated in the Cottonseed Proposal - One proposal sought by cotton industry leadership to improve cotton’s “safety net” has been to make cottonseed a covered commodity and eligible for PLC as an “Other Oilseed” under the current 2014 farm bill. (Shurley, August 2017)

Recent Cotton Policy Developments - Under the 2014 farm bill, cotton is not a “covered commodity” and not eligible for the ARC and PLC programs. One of the things that the 2014 farm bill did do was to convert the cotton base on a farm to Generic Base. The current farm bill is now in its 4th year and will expire with the 2018 crop year unless extended. (Shurley, July 2017)

Estimated ARC and PLC Payments for 2016 Covered Commodities - The 2014 farm bill eliminated the DCP (Direct and Countercyclical Payment) Program of the 2002 and 2008 farm bills. In the 2014 farm bill, DCP was replaced by ARC (Agricultural Risk Coverage) and PLC (Price Loss Coverage). Read more about the estimated ARC and PLC payments for covered commodities in 2016. (Don Shurley and Adam N. Rabinowitz, July 2017)

Economic Impact of the Georgia Green Industry - The Georgia Green Industry consists of wholesale nursery, greenhouse, turfgrass sod producers, landscape design, construction/maintenance firms and wholesale and retail distribution firms (e.g., garden centers, home stores, mass merchandisers with lawn/garden departments, brokers/rewholesale distribution centers, and allied trade suppliers). (Hodges et al., 2015)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Recent Extension Publications on Fruits and Vegetables
Biology and Management of Scale Insects in Ornamentals
(C 1186)
Scale insects are common pests of landscape trees and shrubs that are often overlooked when scouting. Scales can be responsible for chlorosis, branch die-back, and ultimately, plant death. Scales are broadly categorized as either soft scales or armored scales. Soft scales produce a soft, cottony, powdery, or waxy substance that cannot be separated from the scale body. Common soft scales in Georgia include Indian wax scales, Florida wax scales, brown soft scales, oak lecanium scales, magnolia scales, cottony maple scales, cottony camellia scales, cottony cushion scales, and azalea bark scales. Armored scales have a hard, shield-like cover that is not attached to the body of the insect. Common armored scales in Georgia include tea scales, euonymus scales, obscure scales, false oleander scales, juniper scales, and gloomy scales.
What’s Your Flavor? Bee Preferences for Crape Myrtle Cultivars
(C 1185)
Crape myrtles, Lagerstroemia spp., are popular landscape shrubs and small trees. Native to China, Japan, and Korea southward to Oceania, crape myrtles have been cultivated in the U.S. for more than 175 years. Cultivars range from 3-foot shrubs to 30-foot-tall trees, and they are graced with large panicles of white, pink, lavender, purple, red, and many colors in between. Among cultivars, crape myrtles have a wide range of tolerance to key pests and diseases, such as powdery mildew, flea beetles, crape myrtle aphids, and Japanese beetles. The plant’s flowers are widely admired by humans and can serve as nectar and pollen sources for pollinators. With the recent decline in pollinator health and diversity, pollinator visitation, pest susceptibility, and horticultural attributes should all be considered when choosing crape myrtle cultivars for home and commercial landscapes.
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