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Right now, American Red Cross volunteers are at work in Oklahoma staffing shelters and serving meals and helping tornado survivors put their lives back together. We all know the Red Cross is there duringMore >>
We all know the Red Cross is there during big disasters like the tornado in Oklahoma. But the emergency to which they respond most is a house fire, and they desperately need volunteers to help.More >>
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The Albany Police Depart is engaged in a recruitment campaign to get its officer corps up to full strength. APD is budgeted for 214 officers, and right now is about 20 officers short of that level, andMore >>
The Albany Police Depart is engaged in a recruitment campaign to get its officer corps up to full strength. APD offers the training program for people who do not already have POST certification. Starting salary for a rookie officer is over $33,000 annually.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:55 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:55:33 GMT
The city has settled a lawsuit over more than $2 million in unpaid federal loans owed by the owners of Albany Heights. City attorney Nathan Davis announced that the city had accepted a deed and $110,000More >>
The city has settled a lawsuit over more than $2 million in unpaid federal loans owed by the owners of Albany Heights.
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An Albany man is trying to get his stolen property returned, after it was taken from his Cumberland Lane home Tuesday, and his camera got a partial look at the culprits. He said that two people brokeMore >>
An Albany man is trying to get his stolen property returned, after it was taken from his Cumberland Lane home Tuesday, and his camera got a partial look at the culprits.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:44 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:44:53 GMT
Animal shelters and organizations across Georgia are getting a boost from grants totaling $125,000. Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black made the announcement Wednesday.More >>
Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black made the announcement Wednesday that the Spay and Neuter grants will be split between 19 recipients as part of the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program.More >>
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) –Major crops such as peanuts and cotton may get more attention, but livestock and animal products are also vitally important to Georgia's economy.
In fact, the state's number one ag product by far is chickens worth about $4 billion dollars a year.
Riders and their horses demonstrate cutting cattle from a herd. It's one of the largest competitive equine sports in the world and was showcased here at the Sunbelt Ag Expo. From cattle to fish, the livestock section highlighted all sorts of farm animals. You wouldn't want this big boy to step on your feet. He's a Romagnola.
"They're very lean meat there's not much fat at all on them," said Charles Tatum with American Romagnola Association. "They have a gene that's called a tenderness gene."
Beef cattle in 2008 had a $300 million impact on Georgia's economy.
This is major. He weighs 2,300 pounds. Farmers are hoping to bring this breed of cattle to the southeast market.
Some farmers are always looking for new livestock and one association is showcasing their alpacas. This is the very social Kya.
"They produce fibers," said Linda Rosenbaum with the Southeast Alpaca Association. "It's very luxurious soft fibers similar to wool but it's not as itchy or scratchy and it actually takes less fiber to make same warmth as you would need with wool."
And you can't forget fish. Every year fishing brings in $1.5 billion to Georgia's economy. Catfish were caught out of the ponds here, fried and served. A fishing specialist at the expo Thursday says almost every farmer has a piece of land with a pond on it.
"We're here to help people manage their ponds better for whatever they want to do with them," said fishing specialist John Jensen.
So even if farmers didn't leave the show with a new farm animal, they learned about new breeds available and new ways to improve their bottom line.