Essential Workers: Response Requested for Survey

Clint Thompson Coronavirus, Fruit, Georgia, Top Posts, Vegetables

The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) is actively working to be the voice of Georgia’s produce industry. Agricultural workers are essential. The Georgia Department of Public Health is working to create a plan to get your agricultural workers vaccinated. The GFVGA wants COVID-19 vaccines available to them at the earliest possible date and needs your help. Most of …

NASDA Seeks Flexibility to Protect Farm Workers, Specialty Crop Industry

Clint Thompson Coronavirus, Top Posts

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) asked the Department of Agriculture this week for more flexibility in the use of Specialty Crop Block Grants. NASDA seeks additional flexibility in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 to enhance its response to the continued demands COVID-19 places on the industry. NASDA CEO Dr. Barb Glenn stated, “challenges impacting our …

Cultivating a New Generation of Farmers

Ashley Robinson Agri-business, General, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Sarah Bostick Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service conducts a census. The 2017 Census of Agriculture captured in numbers what we see happening all around us: Farming is changing. GREENER GROWERS One of the most notable changes is that a growing number of farms in America are run by new and beginner producers …

Imperfect Competition Yields Profitable Market Opportunities

Ashley Robinson Agri-business, General, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Kimberly L. Morgan and Jessica Ryals In nearly all introductory economics courses, the agricultural industry serves as the primary example of a “perfectly competitive” market structure. In theory, farmers are not able to set prices for their products, and instead “take the price” offered by market buyers. To achieve profitability, a grower works year-round to find ways to reduce …

Marketing Your Crop: Be Better Prepared

Clint Thompson Coronavirus, Produce, Top Posts

As vegetable and specialty crop producers near another spring harvest season, marketing their product remains a focal point of their farming operations. Adam Rabinowitz, Assistant Professor and Extension Economist at Auburn University, implores producers to be better prepared this year amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “I really recommend producers think about their marketing and distribution earlier and really at the …

Heliae® Agriculture Adds New Seed Treatment Product to Portfolio

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GILBERT, AZ – Heliae® Agriculture is strengthening its product portfolio with the introduction of PhycoTerra® ST, a new seed treatment formulation specifically designed to supercharge the seed microbiome, improving the ability for soil to provide necessary water and nutrients to the developing seed and ultimately improving crop yield.  PhycoTerra® ST has a unique formulation that allows growers to tap into the …

Enterprise Planning Budgets for Growers

Ashley Robinson Agri-business, General, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Kimberly L. Morgan and Tara Wade Wanna go fishin’? Have you ever wondered why we don’t ask who wants to go catching fish? Entrepreneurial adventures in farming may be compared to the distinction between fishing and catching any fish at all, regardless of hours spent throwing out a line, varying techniques, bait types, pole qualities and past experiences at …

Secretary Perdue Statement on H-2A Modernization

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(Washington, D.C., January 15, 2021) U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a statement today applauding the Department of Labor’s final rule modernizing the H-2A visa program: “This final rule streamlining and modernizing the H-2A visa process will go a long way in ensuring American farmers have access to a stable and skilled workforce, all while removing unnecessary bureaucratic processes. …