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Register Now for the Georgia Agricultural Labor Relations Forum

Abbey Taylor Labor, Top Posts

The Georgia Agricultural Labor Relations Forum is coming up Nov. 7–8 at the University of Georgia Tifton campus. Presented by the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, the forum will feature speakers and workshops, so growers can get the latest information on all things labor. Topics to be covered during the forum include the H-2A program, I-9 audits, workers’ compensation, …

USDA-AMS Searches for Specialty Crop Industry Leaders

Abbey Taylor Top Posts

Sonia Jimenez, new deputy administrator of the specialty crops program with the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agriculture Marketing Service (USDA – AMS), recently attended the 2017 PMA Fresh Summit to make a special announcement. Jimenez started her position in September, but has been in the industry for a while. She began her career as a marketing specialist with AMS …

Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference Registration Open

Jaci Schreckengost Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

Online registration for the 2018 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference has officially opened! The event will be held in Savannah, Georgia, on Jan. 11–14. Samantha Kilgore, director of communications for the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, said the goals of the event are to give fruit and vegetable growers and industry leaders the tools they need to succeed, …

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Laurel Wilt: Quick-Moving Disease with Invasive Vectors

Abbey Taylor Avocado, Research, Top Posts, Tropical Fruit

Jonathan Crane, a tropical fruit crop specialist with the University of Florida, recently traveled to California to warn growers about laurel wilt. Laurel wilt is a devastating disease for avocados in Florida and now California. This fungal disease spreads from tree to tree quickly. If it is not caught early, it can destroy multiple trees in a matter of days. …

Register Now for the Fruit Crop Management Short Course

Abbey Taylor Fruit, Top Posts

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center will host a Fruit Crop Management Short Course November 6–7 in Lake Alfred. Tripti Vashisth, an assistant professor of horticultural sciences and a citrus Extension specialist, is putting on the event. The course will focus on fruit crops other than citrus, and the audience will …

NAFTA Renegotiations Top of Mind for Produce Industry

Josh McGill Top Posts, Trade

By: Josh McGill Darci Vetter, international trade consultant, led a discussion at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in New Orleans this week to discuss changing governments and effects on trade policy. Vetter covered several major changes in trade: Brexit, the United States’ withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership and most notably the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade …

Studying Nematode Management Strategies

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Top Posts, Vegetables

Plant parasitic nematodes continue to cause devastating losses and concerns for southeastern vegetable and specialty crop growers. Abolfazl Hajihassani, assistant professor of nematology at the University of Georgia (UGA), said that past studies have found there are five or six types of plant parasitic nematodes that affect vegetables crops, but the root knot nematode is the most damaging. The root …

Georgia Onion Industry Faces Bacterial Disease Pressures

Jaci Schreckengost Onion, Top Posts

One of the most valuable vegetable crops for Georgia growers faces high pressures from bacterial diseases. Bhabesh Dutta, an Extension vegetable disease specialist at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Tifton, says Vidalia onions are the number-one vegetable crop in Georgia, which is why a considerable portion of his program focuses on bacterial disease management in this crop. While he …