CFAP 2 Deadline is Dec. 11

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds vegetable and specialty crop producers who wish to apply to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) 2 that the deadline is Friday, Dec. 11. This program provides relief to farmers facing market disruptions and associated costs due to COVID-19. It is a program that Adam Rabinowitz, Assistant Professor and Extension Economist at Auburn University, …

Expect a Drop in Pecan Production in 2021

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This year’s pecan crop in Georgia exceeded expectations. Producers need to brace themselves for a drop in volume next year, which is expected with pecan trees being alternate bearing plants. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells fully expects the 2021 crop season to be a down year for Georgia growers. “From a volume perspective yes, I don’t …

Georgia Pecan Volume Exceeded Expectations

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The worst pecan prices in recent memory are being countered by one of the biggest crops in recent years. Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist, said this year’s crop has been welcomed by all producers, especially those still recovering from Hurricane Michael in 2018. “I think it has (exceeded expectations) from a volume standpoint. It’s hard to …

On Farm Readiness Reviews for Produce Growers in Georgia

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On Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRR) are now available for Georgia produce farmers. Schedule your OFRR by clicking the button below to visit georgiaproducesafety.com or by contacting Maggie or Elizabeth. Maggie H. BrownProduce Safety Education and Outreach CoordinatorMaggie.brown@agr.georgia.gov Elizabeth S. DanforthProduce Safety Education and Outreach AssociateElizabeth.Danforth@agr.georgia.gov An OFRR is not an inspection but a method of educating before regulating. The goal of an …

GATE Renewal Still Open

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Annual renewal for the Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption (GATE) program is open. Eligible farmers can renew their GATE card for 2021 online by visiting https://forms.agr.georgia.gov/GATE/. GATE cardholders who are to renew in 2021 will automatically be placed on the new three-year renewal program and will receive their renewal invoice in 2024. All current cards will expire Dec. 31, 2020. Cardholders …

December 2020 Final Outlook Shows No Strong Trend

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According to the UGA Extension Climate and Agriculture blog, the NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center released the latest 30-day climate outlook on Monday. It shows that there is no strong trend towards warmer or colder conditions in December except in southern Florida. Early December will be colder than normal. It is still expected to be warmer than normal in late December. …

Slug Management in Blueberries

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Ash Sial, Associate Professor in the University of Georgia in the Department of Entomology, is receiving reports of slug infestations in Georgia blueberries. According to the UGA IPM blog, slugs generally lay between 3 and 40 small transparent eggs at one time. Each slug can lay up to 400 per year. The slugs can contaminate the harvested fruit once harvest …

Pecan Prices Stay Low

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It is getting late in the pecan harvest season. Prices remain low for farmers across the Southeast. According to the USDA Pecan Report, some producers are storing pecans they would normally export in hopes of getting a better price after the new year. Farmers and homeowners who are trying to sell now are still encountering decreased prices. “Export and retail …