Field Day for Georgia Pecan Growers

Abbey Taylor Pecan, Top Posts

The Georgia Pecan Growers Association is hosting its annual Georgia Pecan Fall Field Day on September 7 in Tifton. This year’s event will feature an orchard tour at the University of Georgia (UGA) Extension Ponder Farm, along with a presentation of the latest pecan research. UGA horticulturalists and entomologists that will be in attendance include pecan breeder Patrick Conner, entomologist …

Grower Expresses Concern for Labor in Vegetable Industry

Abbey Taylor Labor, Legislative, Top Posts

On August 25, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue traveled to his home state of Georgia to chair an Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force meeting. Formed from an executive order by President Trump, the task force meetings allow growers and industry leaders throughout the United States to voice their opinions on needs for their respective industries. One panelist in …

Chardonnay Research Underway in Georgia

Jaci Schreckengost Grapes, Research, Top Posts

The University of Georgia’s (UGA) viticulture team has been working to increase the amount of research in the wine grape industry. A Lumpkin County, Georgia, research plot was harvested recently, said Clark MacAllister, a UGA Extension agent. This plot of grapes was harvested early because it is being used for a sparkling wine program, he said. This research, which included …

Registration for Organic Food and Farming Summit Ends September 1

Abbey Taylor Organic, Top Posts

Tomorrow is the last day to register for the Organic Food and Farming Summit happening September 17–19 in Gainesville, Florida. Presented by Florida Organic Growers, this inaugural summit will feature research presentations, a trade show and several workshops. Andi Emrich, summit coordinator, says she is very excited for the event and thinks it will be a huge success. Unfortunately, events …

Silk Fly Research Continues for Sweet Corn

Jaci Schreckengost Corn, Top Posts

Silk flies are a key issue for sweet corn farmers and the scientists and researchers who are working to help solve the pest problem. “The silk fly is probably our greatest problem in sweet corn research, and it’s also the biggest problem we’re having out in the commercial fields right now,” said Robert Beiriger, a bioscientist at the University of …

Identifying and Controlling Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle

Abbey Taylor Pests, Top Posts

A pest has been ravishing through Alabama causing devastation on several farms. Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Ayanava Majumdar, says although yellowmargined leaf beetle is not a new pest, it has made a comeback. Yellowmargined leaf beetles are invasive pests hailing from South America. They entered the United States in the 1940s. Now, Majumdar says he still …

Labor Relations Forum Aims to Assist Growers

Abbey Taylor Labor, Top Posts

The Florida Specialty Crop Foundation is hosting its 43rd annual Labor Relations Forum. According to Mike Carlton, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s (FFVA) labor relations director, the forum was originally created to help growers comply with labor regulations, and 43 years later, the forum still has the same goal in mind. Growers and contractors must comply with a myriad of …

Secretary Perdue Returns Home for Rural Prosperity Meeting

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

On Friday, August 25, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue returned to his home state of Georgia to hold an Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force meeting. The task force was formed by an executive order from President Trump in April with Secretary Perdue serving as chairman. According to Trump’s executive order, the task force was created to, “promote economic …