Southeast Farmers Trying Non-Traditional Options

Kelsey Fry Stone Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

It seems that more and more farming operations are transitioning out of row crops in the Southeast in search of new business within the agricultural industry. Specialty crops has been one of those highlighted areas that is rapidly gaining popularity. While at the Southeast regional fruit and Vegetable Conference, Jon Harris, with AgSouth Farm Credit,…

Causes and Prevention of Cane Blight Disease in Blackberries

Abigail Taylor Berries, Top Posts

Phillip Brannen, an Extension plant pathologist with the University of Georgia, recently spoke at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference on the danger of cane blight on blackberries and action to take to control this disease. Cane blight is one of the main blackberry diseases in the Southeast. This is mostly due to the…

An Organic Approach to Better Bug Control

Kelsey Fry Fruit, Pests, Top Posts

Reese Haley, the owner of Morning Bell Farms, has implemented an organic approach to better control bugs from invading his blueberry crops. The strategy involves making a wine from culled blueberries and sugar that sits in a container for seven to 14 days. When the wine is ready, Haley says it should be like gel.…

Florida 4-H Annual Meeting Celebrates Successes, Looks to the Future

Josh McGill Top Posts, Uncategorized

By: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu Source: Chris DeCubellis, 352-846-4444, cdecube@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Florida 4-H agents spend their careers helping young people learn life skills that put them on the path to becoming successful adults. However, these dedicated professionals also know that learning is a lifelong process. At the 2017 4-H Youth Development Institute, Florida…

Labor Tops Peach Industry Issues

Kelsey Fry Labor, Peaches, Top Posts

At the 2017 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Kay Rentzel, managing director for the National Peach Council, addressed the regulatory issues facing the peach industry. The frontrunner was labor. She explained the importance of labor in the peach industry and the legal struggle to have guest workers present in the field. "Labor is critical…

USDA Announces $27 Million in Grants Available to Support the Local Food Sector

Kelsey Fry Industry News Release, Top Posts

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced the availability of $27 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses. “These grants will continue USDA’s support for the local food sector as an important…

Georgia Agribusiness Council Welcomes a New Board Member

Kelsey Fry Top Posts

Georgia native Hunter Loggins is the newest board member of the Georgia Agribusiness Council. He has been appointed the position for public affairs and education manager. Loggins has a background in the legislative arena and believes his experience in the Capitol will help him be an asset to the council. Loggins says he is going…