Promoting Georgia Grown Products Nationwide

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The Georgia Department of Agriculture is beginning a new marketing campaign to promote Georgia fruits and vegetables around the United States. Matthew Kulinski, deputy director of marketing with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, says this marketing program coincides with Georgia Grown’s new slogan: Nature’s Favorite State. According to Kulinski, the goal of the program is…

USDA Seeks Nominees for Reestablished Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations for the newly reestablished Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC). Eligible nominees include anyone actively working in the fruit and vegetable industry as growers, shippers, wholesalers, distributors, brokers, retailers, restaurant representatives, processors, fresh cut processors, foodservice suppliers, representatives of state departments of agriculture and members of…

Debunking the Dirty Dozen

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By Brian German The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its annual Dirty Dozen list, which according to its methodology, names the produce that has the highest levels of pesticide residue. The analysis that is performed is not designed to provide specifics about residue levels or provide the significance of that type of exposure. “For…

A Fair Fight for Florida Farmers

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By Jack Payne New plant varieties give Florida farmers a fighting chance in an increasingly competitive global market. University of Florida (UF) public scientists give Florida growers first shot at fruit that stands up to the latest disease, survives harsh weather and catches the eye of shoppers in the produce aisle. Those plant varieties are…

Measuring Tariff Impacts on Specialty Crops

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Chinese tariffs could have consequences on U.S. specialty crops. However, it may be difficult to determine exactly how much of an impact the tariffs will have on the industry. U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rod Bain explores this issue with USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson. Johansson discusses the types of tools that the USDA has…

Pepper Weevil Woes

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Pepper weevil has been a problematic pest in Georgia peppers, and now it appears to be moving into other crops. David Riley, a professor of entomology at the University of Georgia, has been studying pepper weevil since he received his doctorate nearly 30 years ago, and he was shocked to see this pest spread to…

Florida Artichokes Starting to Look Promising

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Gary England, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) regional specialized Extension agent and director of the Hastings Agricultural Extension Center, is excited to have an artichoke harvest this year at the Cowpen Branch Road Demonstration and Research Farm in Hastings. Although many research projects occur at the 50-acre farm, England says…