GFVGA Advises Growers to Schedule Vaccines for Farmworkers

Clint Thompson Coronavirus, Georgia, Top Posts

The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) encourages its members to begin communications with local health providers so their farmworkers can get vaccinated. This followed the announcement from Governor Brian Kemp that beginning Thursday, March 25, all Georgians aged 16 and older were eligible for the vaccines. GFVGA continues to communicate with the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) …

Vegetable Farmer: We’re Going to Start Dropping Like Flies Eventually

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, Trade

What would it look and feel like for the United States to be totally dependent on foreign countries for food? While it’s a scenario that might seem unfathomable for some, it’s a proposition that keeps inching closer to reality. “If things don’t change and they keep going the course they’re going, people are going to look up one day and …

Pecan Producers Be Wary of Phylloxera

Clint Thompson Alabama, Georgia, Pecan, Pests, Top Posts

There’s beginning to be budbreak in pecan orchards throughout the Southeast. As trees start to break dormancy, producers need to begin protecting their crop from one pest who impacts trees this time of year, says Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist. “We’re just starting to see it now. This is the time they need to (spray), if …

Georgia Vegetable Farmer: Blueberry Verdict Took Wind out of my Sails

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Georgia, Top Posts

Farmers of squash and cucumbers will have their say with the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) in two weeks. But don’t count Georgia farmer Jason Tyrone as one who is optimistic about farmers’ chances of convincing the USITC that imports are inflicting serious injury on the domestic crop. He just points to the USITC verdict regarding blueberries. “I hope I’m …

Farm Workforce Modernization Act: GFVGA Pushing for Changes

Clint Thompson Georgia, Top Posts

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act is in the hands of the Senate. Charles Hall, executive director of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA), is hopeful changes will be made to several provisions in the bill that would impact Georgia producers; specifically the one regarding Certified Ag Workers. “One of the things that is concerning is how the Certified …

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Vegetable Assessment: Georgia Growers Approve

Clint Thompson Georgia, Top Posts, Vegetables

Georgia vegetable growers have made their voices known: The Georgia Vegetable Commission marketing order has been extended for an additional three years. Producers overwhelmingly voted to extend the assessment of one cent per marketing unit by producers with more than 50 acres crops that include green beans, bell pepper, specialty pepper, carrots, broccoli, beets, eggplant, cabbage, sweet potatoes, cantaloupes, cucumbers, …

Sweet Delivery: GDA Announces Vidalia Onions Will Ship April 19

Clint Thompson Georgia, Onion, Top Posts

2021 is the 35th Anniversary of the Passage of the Vidalia Onion Act by the State’s Legislature  ATLANTA, Ga. – The pack date for Georgia’s Vidalia onions will be April 19. The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) and the Vidalia Onion Committee (VOC) made the announcement. The organizations are also celebrating the 35th anniversary of legislation that helped make Vidalia …