The Fannin County Young Farmers Association held their monthly Ag Talk and Meeting on July 16 at the Fannin County High School Agriculture Classroom at 12:00pm. The event began with President, Kenny Queen calling the meeting to order, Lunch was served and was sponsored by the Chestatee- Chattahoochee Resource Conservation and Development Council. Dan Wallace and Gary Hankins from the USDA-NRCS office in Athens presented the Ag Talk. The demonstration was a rainfall simulator on real life field samples which gave an insight into the health of soil and showed how management effects the soil health. Soil health on cropland and pasture determine water quality and erosion, and ultimately a farm’s bottom line. Doug Towery from the USDA-NRCS in Blairsville assisted with the program.
The talk was followed by a business meeting. The next Ag Talk and meeting will be held on August 20th at 6pm.
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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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.
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.
January 9, 2018 at 5:15 p.m.
Jury Assembly Room – Third Floor
OPENING REGULAR MEETING:
- Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
- 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.
- FY 2018 Budget Resolution
- Library Board Appointment of Steven Miracle
- Rushton Agreement
- Accept Election Qualifying Fees
- Maintenance Department
- Plan Workshop for Hotel/Motel tax
- Executive Session (if necessary)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.