Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
TIFT CO., GA (WALB) -
After record production in several crops in 2012, Georgia agriculture experts say the future looks bright for even more growth in the state's number one industry.
Agriculture educators say research and advances in cultivation in the last decade have helped Georgia crop production grow to record levels, especially in peanut and cotton yields and quality.
But Ag researchers say they see more advances ahead. University of Georgia Peanut Agronomist Dr. John Beasley said, "We've got to continue our vigilance in Georgia and at the University of Georgia to make sure we continue to increase the efficiency in production. So our growers maintain their profitability and those we can also feed the world."
Feeding the world is what will drive growth in Georgia agriculture. Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black said by 2050 it will take more food to feed the fast growing world's population for that one year, than has ever been produced in history.
A daunting goal, but an opportunity Georgia growers are preparing for. "The industry has stepped up on the production side. Research continues to step up. All the work we are doing here and other places around the country."
Georgia growers are improving the agriculture infrastructure with more efficient irrigation, planting, and harvesting equipment, as well as shipping and food production. Those investments along with future research in genetics and disease control is expected to smooth out crop losses.
"And if we do I think we have the genetics and the management tools and with more growers investing in irrigation we can prevent those disaster years like 1980 and 1990," Beasley said.
And these experts feel a diversified agriculture market could make the state's number one industry push the economic development for Georgia.
Peanuts are already being marketed around the world to nation's suffering from hunger, because it requires no refrigeration and provides good nutrition.