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Congressman Bishop Statement On Passage Of FY2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, released the following statement regarding his support of the bipartisan Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Omnibus Appropriations government spending bill. The bill was approved today by the full U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 309 to 118.

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Green Power EMC and Silicon Ranch Announce Dedication of Solar Farm

Utility-scale solar plant is the second for Green Power EMC and Silicon Ranch partnership

Plant will provide enough low-cost, renewable power to help serve more than 8,500 co-op members

Green Power EMC, the renewable energy supplier for 38 Georgia Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs), and Silicon Ranch, one of the nation’s largest independent solar power producers, officially dedicated a 52-Megawatt (MWAC) solar energy plant in Jeff Davis County, Georgia.  The 480-acre facility features technology that allows more than 630,000 solar panels to track the sun from east to west and will provide enough low-cost, renewable power to help serve more than 8,500 EMC households annually.

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Georgia Power releases new statewide PSA during Earth Month

Company encourages Georgians to renew a river in their community

With April designated as Earth Month across the country, Georgia Power has released a new public service announcement (PSA) highlighting the importance and impact volunteers have on protecting and preserving Georgia's more than 70,000 miles of streams and rivers. The PSA, which is being distributed by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, encourages Georgians to visit www.georgiapower.com/river to find a river to renew near them and was produced in English and Spanish.  

"Our employees, and customers, are always out in force volunteering to clean and green during Earth Month," said Mark Berry, vice president of Environmental Affairs for Georgia Power. "River cleanups are among our most popular volunteer events because everyone appreciates the importance of water as a natural resource and the need to ensure that our waterways are maintained for future generations."

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Two-day organic agriculture workshop in Athens April 22-23

The University of Georgia’s organic agriculture faculty members are hosting a two-day crash course in organic certification and sustainable growing practices April 22-23 in Athens, Georgia.  The event is geared toward beginning or established farmers who are pondering organic certification.  Business planning, marketing and certification process details will be covered in this short course, which will also include hands-on organic insect and disease management sessions.   More Georgia farmers are seeking organic certification for both ecological and business reasons, said workshop organizer and UGA Cooperative Extension vegetable specialist George Boyhan. Consumers are willing to pay more for organic-certified vegetables and fruits, which translates into higher profits for farmers.   “Organic production has seen tenfold increase in production in Georgia over the past 10 years,” Boyhan said. “There continues to be unmet demand for organically produced vegetables. This course will focus on how to grow organically, but also how to grow an organic vegetable business.”   Sections of the course will be taught by Boyhan, UGA Extension disease management specialist Elizabeth Little, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) integrated pest management researcher Paul Guillebeau, CAES horticulturist Cecilia McGregor, and Vanessa Shonkwiler, a business development specialist with the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.    Registration for the two-day event is $150 and includes all study materials, meals and snacks. The course will be held at the greenhouses on South Milledge Avenue near UGA’s student-run farm, UGArden. The deadline for registration is April 10.  To register, contact Boyhan at 706-231-4137 or <span id=This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.." title="The University of Georgia’s organic agriculture faculty members are hosting a two-day crash course in organic certification and sustainable growing practices April 22-23 in Athens, Georgia. The event is geared toward beginning or established farmers who are pondering organic certification. Business planning, marketing and certification process details will be covered in this short course, which will also include hands-on organic insect and disease management sessions. More Georgia farmers are seeking organic certification for both ecological and business reasons, said workshop organizer and UGA Cooperative Extension vegetable specialist George Boyhan. Consumers are willing to pay more for organic-certified vegetables and fruits, which translates into higher profits for farmers. “Organic production has seen tenfold increase in production in Georgia over the past 10 years,” Boyhan said. “There continues to be unmet demand for organically produced vegetables. This course will focus on how to grow organically, but also how to grow an organic vegetable business.” Sections of the course will be taught by Boyhan, UGA Extension disease management specialist Elizabeth Little, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) integrated pest management researcher Paul Guillebeau, CAES horticulturist Cecilia McGregor, and Vanessa Shonkwiler, a business development specialist with the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. Registration for the two-day event is $150 and includes all study materials, meals and snacks. The course will be held at the greenhouses on South Milledge Avenue near UGA’s student-run farm, UGArden. The deadline for registration is April 10. To register, contact Boyhan at 706-231-4137 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.." align="right" />The University of Georgia’s organic agriculture faculty members are hosting a two-day crash course in organic certification and sustainable growing practices April 22-23 in Athens, Georgia.

The event is geared toward beginning or established farmers who are pondering organic certification.

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