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Jillian Etress

Agriculture Teacher and Blogger

Jillian Etress is a high school agriculture teacher and farmer's wife from South Alabama. She is a graduate of Auburn University's College of Agriculture where she earned her degree in Agriculture Communications. In her spare time, she works with an Alabama-based mission group that serves in Haiti to provide education opportunities as well as agricultural education to the local Haitian community.

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Posted On: Friday, 1/22/2016 11:13 am
A: Hunger is a complex issue and is often times related not only to agricultural production but to other factors like transportation, distribution and poverty. However, on the farm side, GMOs can offer resistance to certain pests, more efficient water usage and, as a result, increased yields. With an increase in yields more products are available for the public. Some farms participate in gleaning programs where extra crops are harvested and sent to food banks, schools and local community centers... Continue Reading
Posted On: Sunday, 11/29/2015 5:55 pm
A: As an owner of a small farm, I'm not sure what dangerous and evil farm destroying practices you are implying but I assume you mean the use of GM crops. We farm about 400 acres of fresh produce, peanuts, corn and cotton and are considered a small farm by comparison in our state. We use GM products when growing corn and cotton. These products allow us to save money when purchasing herbicides and reduce the amount of chemicals we have to spray on the crops because of the technology in the... Continue Reading
Posted On: Sunday, 4/26/2015 3:11 pm
A: As an FFA advisor, I always advise my students to become experts on the process before delving into speech writing. This prepares them for the many questions they might face from judges, a debate panel or whomever they addressing in their audience. GMOs and biotechnology in general can seem overwhelming but with a little digging, it is easy to understand! First of all, biotechnology is really the speeding up of the process of selection. Agriculturalists have used selective breeding for many... Continue Reading
Posted On: Tuesday, 8/06/2013 7:16 pm
A: Great question. First of all, from a farm perspective not all of our seeds are genetically modified. We choose to use or not use GMOs based on the needs of our farm. When we do buy GM seeds, we are required to sign a technology contract where we agree not to save seed from year to year. This protects the research that whatever seed company we purchase from that year has put into the seeds. That being said, the seed is still viable. Technically, it could be replanted and grown the next year;... Continue Reading
Posted On: Friday, 8/02/2013 12:06 pm
A: Farmers do not sign non-disclosure agreements. Non-disclosure agreements are contracts between two parties who agree not to disclose essential, confidential information related to their businesses. However, farmers do have to sign technology contracts wherein they agree to a list of terms when using patented seed technology. For example, when we plant enhanced cottonseed, we sign a technology contract in which we agree not to save the seed from the crop to replant it next year. This protects... Continue Reading
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