Sweet Grown Alabama is a ‘One-Stop Shop’ for Consumers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Fruit, Pecan, Produce, Top Posts, Vegetables

More than 150 farmers are part of the Sweet Grown Alabama database. Director Ellie Watson believes the sweetgrownalabama website is an integral part of connecting the state’s producers with its consumers. “We have a pretty great representation across all counties and all areas of the state. Of course, we’re still looking to grow that database,” Watson said. “We know that …

Sweet Grown Alabama Director Advocates Buying Local

Clint Thompson Alabama, Fruit, Produce, Top Posts, Vegetables

Ellie Watson, Sweet Grown Alabama Director, believes when consumers support local farmers, it provides them with a source of high-quality produce that helps growers remain sustainable. “It’s so important for consumers to support local farmers because not only does that money help the local economy; we know that about 60 cents of every dollar stays in the local community when …

Sweet Grown Alabama Day Produces Sweet Results

Clint Thompson Alabama, Coronavirus, Fruit, Produce, Top Posts, Vegetables

Sweet Grown Alabama Day will forever be July 22. Kay Ivey, Alabama Governor; Rick Pate, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries; and other agriculture leaders and farmers joined forces at the Alabama State Capitol on Wednesday to celebrate the launch of a new online searchable database, which connects Alabama farmers and families. The celebration was highlighted by …

Clemson Extension Agents Provide Crop Updates

Clint Thompson Disease, Environment, Fruit, Hemp, Produce, South Carolina, Top Posts, Vegetables

Clemson Extension agents provided updates in The South Carolina Grower this week about the status of various crops being produced throughout the state. Statewide Dr. Matt Cutulle reports, “It is always good to control goosegrass even if it is past the critical period for competition with the crop. Lack of late-season control made hand-harvesting tomatoes difficult. Also, there will be …

SE Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference Still Scheduled for January

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Fruit, Georgia, Produce, Top Posts, Vegetables

It is never too early start thinking about next year’s Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference. In the age of the coronavirus pandemic, industry leaders like Charles Hall, executive director of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, must start thinking about an event still several months away. “We’re operating on the premise that we’re going to have a show …

UF/IFAS Extension To Assist in FDACS Project Connecting Food-Insecure Families With Florida-Grown Produce

Clint Thompson Florida, Food Safety, Fruit, Produce, Vegetables

By: Kirsten Romaguera, 352-294-3313, kromaguera@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is among the organizations partnering on a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)-led grant project to fight food insecurity in several rural Florida communities. In a virtual press conference last Thursday, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced the project, funded by a $100,000 Walmart …

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Picking Varieties With Profit Potential

Ashley Robinson Agri-business, Produce, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables, VSCNews magazine

By Gene McAvoy Choosing which variety to plant is one of the most critical decisions that a commercial grower must make each season. Variety selection is a dynamic process. In the past, some varieties retained favor for many years. More recently, with advances in plant breeding and the incorporation of new and improved traits for disease resistance and other horticultural …

Three Georgia Farmers Market Locations Could Be Spared

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By Clint Thompson The revised budget cut requirements from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget and the State Legislature may have spared the state farmers market locations in Cordele, Thomasville and Savannah. Julie McPeake, Georgia Department of Agriculture Chief Communications officer, confirmed that as a result of the budget cut requirement from 14% to 10%, the State Legislature …