Pesticide Safety Month and Apple Producers Meeting

Outdoors

Hundreds of people get sick each year from inappropriate pesticide use.  Pesticides are used in homes, workplaces, apartments, farms and other places where humans need to control pests such as weeds, insects, fungi, rodents and even viruses. Of the 11 states participating in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) pesticide safety program, workers reported 853 serious injuries from pesticides in 2011.  During National Pesticide Safety Education Month this February, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension personnel are urging homeowners, and all Georgians, to learn more about the safe use, storage and disposal of pesticides.

According to Dr. Mickey Taylor, UGA Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) Coordinator, “pesticide safety education is key to helping homeowners and pesticide applicators, both commercial and agricultural, safely and effectively use available pesticides to protect their homes and crops and livelihoods.  At the same time, they want to protect themselves, their employees and colleagues from any potential ill effects of pesticide use in addition to protecting their families and neighbors. As good stewards of the land, pesticide users want to preserve our environment for the future.”

UGA Extension’s PSEP promotes the safe, responsible use of pesticides by individuals and commercial groups by providing training programs, materials and educational resources covering pest identification, personal safety, safe storage and disposal of pesticides, environmental protection, pesticide drift and runoff prevention, threatened and endangered species protection, water quality protection, and food safety.

One way that UGA Extension reinforces safe pesticide usage is to conduct workshops, meetings, and trainings in which pesticide usage and safe handling is taught.  One such course coming up is the North Georgia Commercial Apple Production meeting.  It will be held on Wednesday, February 21st at the Gilmer County Public Library on Calvin Jackson Drive in Ellijay.  There are other regional trainings held for producers.  If you would like information about those trainings, contact me in the Gilmer County UGA Extension office.

Dr. Taylor is also the editor of the UGA Extension “Georgia Pest Management Handbook.”  The handbook is revised and published annually.  It has information about labeled pesticides that can be used by homeowners and commercial producers. Copies of the handbook are available for purchase through the UGA market place at ugaextensionstore.com and there are copies in the UGA Extension county offices if you would like to view one before purchase. Remember to always read the label before you use or store any pesticide.

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Georgia Governor Candidate Visits FYNTV

Election, Politics

BKP Interviews GA Candidate for Governor, and Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Among many topics, Kemp discusses immigration, Georgia voting machines, paper ballots, pay for law enforcement, and what Kemp’s opinion of the negotiations to bring Amazon HQ2 for Georgia.

Author

BKP Interviews Georgia House Speaker David Ralston

State & National

On FYN TV, BKP interviews Georgia’s Speaker of the House for District-7 Representative David Ralston, as they discuss Georgia’s aggressive plan for a large infrastructure investment that was presented and highlighted at a meeting for Republican leaders including Ralston, over the weekend at The White House. Speaker David Ralston comments on what that means for Georgia.

Pictured below: Speaker of the House for Georgia District 7 David Ralston at this past weekends Infrastructure Meeting at the White House with Republican leaders and President Donald Trump.

Blue Ridge Mayor Whitener calls special council meeting

Announcements, Community

Blue Ridge Mayor Donna Whitener has called a special council meeting for Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 at 1 p.m. An agenda for the meeting is as follows:

Fannin County Water Authority Meeting Agenda

Community

Fannin County Water Authority
Meeting Agenda
January 17, 2018
 2:00 P.M.

Fannin BOC Meeting Agenda January 9, 2018

Legal Notice

AGENDA
Regular Meeting
January 9, 2018 at 5:15 p.m.
Jury Assembly Room – Third Floor

OPENING REGULAR MEETING:

  1. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance

OLD BUSINESS:

  1. Approve Minutes from December 12, 2017 Board of Commissioners Meetings.  

PUBLIC COMMENTARY: 30-minute maximum

Do not misconstrue this as a question and answer session with the board.

Limit 3 minutes per person. Please state name and address before comments. All comments should be addressed to the Chairman.

NEW BUSINESS:

  1. FY 2018 Budget Resolution
  2. Library Board Appointment of Steven Miracle
  3. Rushton Agreement
  4. Accept Election Qualifying Fees
  5. Maintenance Department
  6. Plan Workshop for Hotel/Motel tax

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

  1. Executive Session (if necessary)

CLOSING:

  1. Adjournment

The Fannin County Board of Commissioners meetings are held every second and fourth Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room – Third Floor of the Fannin County Courthouse.

Agendas are posted to the County website within 24 hours of the next scheduled meeting

This agenda has been approved by the Chairman and is subject to change at his discretion.  If you have questions or concerns, contact Chairman Helton at shelton@fannincountyga.org

Sen. David Lucas to Host Second Rural Georgia Study Committee Meeting

State & National

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Ines Owens, Director
Elisabeth Fletcher, Communications Specialist
Elisabeth.fletcher@senate.ga.gov
404.656.0028

Sen. David Lucas to Host Second Rural Georgia Study Committee Meeting

ATLANTA (August 7, 2017) | Sen. David Lucas (D – Macon) will hold a two-day Rural Georgia Study Committee Meeting to discuss broadband, healthcare, telecommunications and developing tourism TOMORROW from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and WEDNESDAY from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The meeting will be held at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega.

WHO: Sen. David Lucas and Rural Georgia Study Committee Members

WHAT: Two-day Rural Georgia Study Committee Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, August 8, 2017
               9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
               Wednesday, August 9, 2017
               9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHERE: University of North Georgia
Continuing Education Center in Dahlonega
25 Schultz Avenue
Dahlonega, GA 30597

 

Sen. David Lucas, Sr. represents the 26th Senate District, which includes portions of Bibb, Houston and Jones Counties and all of Hancock, Twiggs, Washington and Wilkinson Counties. He may be reached at 404.656.5035 or by email atDavid.Lucas@senate.ga.gov.

August 1, 2017 Special Called Council Meeting at 11:00 a.m.

Legal Notice

480 West First Street • Blue Ridge, Georgia • (706) 632-209

*Meeting Called By: Posted July 28, 2017
Council Members Angie Arp and Bruce Pack

Special Called Council Meeting
August 1, 2017
11:00 a.m.
480 West First Street
A G E N D A

1) Call Meeting to Order
2) Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance
3) Council Meeting Rules of Procedures (to be presented at each meeting by the City Clerk)
4) Parking Ordinance Amendment (First Reading)
5) Approval of Paving Bid / City Streets
6) Pack Property Lease and Parking
7) Storm Drains
8) City Parks
9) Adjournment

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