Georgia Ag Industry Leaders Recognized

Tacy Callies Awards, Georgia, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) recognized several industry leaders during an awards breakfast held at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference on Jan. 11 in Savannah, Georgia. “What we’ve found out over history is we have a lot of folks in our industry that are recognized at other places — national meetings or …

Georgia Grown Continues to Gain Ground

Tacy Callies Georgia, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson The Georgia Grown program continues to expand every year and highlights products grown in the state, like blueberries, pecans, milk and Vidalia onions. Its presence at events throughout the year, like the Sunbelt Ag Expo, allows the Georgia Department of Agriculture to showcase Georgia grown products, which help make agriculture the No. 1 industry in the state. …

Conference Highlighted Key Crops and Grower Concerns

Tacy Callies Georgia, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference (SERFVC) in Savannah, Georgia, educated growers and industry leaders about production practices for 13 different commodities during the four-day event, held Jan. 9-12. The educational programs and trade show attracted more than 3,300 participants and vendors. Sessions were aimed at introducing growers to citrus production in Georgia, teaching interested producers …

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Georgia Submits Revised Industrial Hemp Plan and Rules

Dan Cooper Georgia, Hemp, Industry News Release

In response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) promulgation of the interim final rule governing the production of hemp under the 2018 farm bill on Oct. 31, 2019, the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) has submitted an updated “Georgia Hemp Plan” to comply with USDA’s requirements. View the plan here. Pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, O.C.G.A. …

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Light Bulb Moments in the Improvement of Greenhouse Growing

Dan Cooper Georgia, Horticulture, Industry News Release, Research

By Aaron Hale (UGA/CAES) — The illuminated light bulb. It’s the symbol of a great idea come to life. Erico Mattos’ big idea doesn’t reinvent that iconic bulb exactly but reimagines how it can be used. Around the globe, greenhouses grow fruits and vegetables to provide a healthy food supply year-round. But as reliable as the sun is for providing light …

Muscadine Grapes Are Susceptible to Nematode Damage

Ashley Robinson Georgia, Grapes, North Carolina, Top Posts

By Ashley Robinson Muscadine grapes were once thought to be immune to nematode damage, but researchers have discovered this is not true. Native to the deep southeastern United States, muscadine grapes are often recognized for their disease and insect resistance due to their tough skin. However, recent research has proven that these grapes may not be as hearty as they …

Disease Management Update for Georgia Blueberries

Ashley Robinson Berries, Georgia, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Jonathan Oliver In 2019, Georgia blueberry production rebounded from the effects of the devastating late freezes in 2017 and 2018. Nonetheless, blueberry producers in the southeastern United States must contend annually with environmental factors such as heat and humidity that can provide an ideal climate for the development of disease issues. The University of Georgia (UGA)-Tifton fruit pathology program …

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Florida’s Arguments Rejected in ‘Water War’

Dan Cooper Florida, Georgia, Industry News Release, Water

(NSF) — For years, Florida has blamed Georgia’s water use for causing damage to the economically vital oyster industry in Apalachicola Bay. But a special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court disagreed this week, dealing a major blow to Florida in its legal fight to force Georgia to share more water in a river system that links the two …