Pollinator Partnership’s 10th Annual Pollinator Week

Abigail Taylor Pollinators, Top Posts

Pollinator Week 2017 is the tenth consecutive year of the program that unifies the nation around the vital issue of pollinator conservation. June 19 through 25 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior.   More than 160 events across North America have also been…

Perdue Hosts Mexico and Canada Agriculture Leaders in His Home State

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue hosted his counterparts from Mexico and Canada in an event held in Savannah, Georgia, where they toured the Georgia Ports Authority and took a farm tour, and to participate in a series of meetings preparing for the upcoming renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). There is a lot…

Research Continues to Prevent Disease in Pomegranates

Jaci Schreckengost Pomegranates, Top Posts

When it comes to growing pomegranates in Florida, researchers are working to protect and prevent diseases. Gary Vallad, an associate professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, is currently in his third season of testing the best way to protect and prevent…

Research Begins on Fusarium Wilt Affecting Watermelon

Jaci Schreckengost Top Posts, Watermelon

When it comes to watermelon, one of the ongoing and increasing challenges is fusarium wilt. This disease is caused by a soil-borne fungus called Fusarium oxysporum. The type of fusarium that causes fusarium wilt is specialized to watermelon, says Bhabesh Dutta, a vegetable Extension pathologist at the University of Georgia. Dutta is leading a collaborative…

Conaway, Peterson Announce Farm Bill Listening Session in Florida

Abigail Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

Ahead of the next farm bill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (MN-7) today announced the first of several committee activities across the country intended to stimulate conversation and gather input from farmers, ranchers and stakeholders. “The Next Farm Bill, Conversations in the Field,” a committee listening session, will…

Peach Crop Threatened from Low Chill Hours, Drought

Abigail Taylor Peaches, Top Posts

Alabama peach producers are seeing low yields from this year’s crop, thanks to few chill hours, drought conditions and a late frost. The Alabama Farmers Federation’s Mac Higginbotham said the state’s peach crop faced a culmination of factors leading to below-average production. “We’ve had a bad peach crop because of rocky weather,” said Higginbotham, the…

Shorter Georgia Peach Crop Harvest Expected

Abigail Taylor Peaches, Top Posts

We told you last week that this year’s Georgia peach crop has been negatively affected by the lack of chill hours it received this winter. According to Jack Spruill, director of marketing with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, not only is the crop looking at an estimated 80 percent loss this year, time of normal…