AFVGA Executive Director: Address Input Needs as Early as Possible

Clint Thompson Alabama, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson Blake Thaxton, executive director of the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (AFVGA), implores his farmers to be proactive instead of being reactive with adjusting to the current surge in input costs. “Our overall message is to make sure you’re addressing your input needs as early as possible to get ahead of any kind of delays that …

AgNet Media Magazine Gets New Name

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, Vegetables

Beginning in January 2022, Vegetable and Specialty Crops News (VSCNews) will have a new name. The monthly trade magazine that debuted from AgNet Media four years ago will become Specialty Crop Industry. Not only is the new name more concise, but it also more accurately reflects the scope of the magazine’s content and audience. Although AgNet Media is dropping the …

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Fresh Vegetable Imports Continue to Increase

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Top Posts, Vegetables

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, fresh vegetable imports continued to increase in 2021, compared to the previous three years. Tomatoes’ import value in 2021 was approximately $2.1 billion, compared to $1.8 billion in 2018. Tomato imports were estimated at 3.2 billion pounds in 2021, compared to 3.1 billion in 2018. Cucumbers’ value was $0.7 billion …

Georgia Farmer: Not Going to Replace All These Truckers Overnight

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson One Georgia farmer believes there are changes that could be made to the current truck driving system that would attract more drivers. The first is reducing the minimum age required to drive on the roads, says Kent Hamilton, owner and CEO of Southern Valley in Norman Park, Georgia. “Some things I’ve heard is reducing the age requirement …

Alabama Extension Touts Crop Rotations

Clint Thompson Alabama, Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson Vegetable farmers hoping to reduce input costs should implement crop rotations. This management system helps protect against unwanted pests and diseases while reducing fertilizer and insecticide inputs, said Eric Schavey, Regional Extension agent in Northeast Alabama during the Alabama Extension Commercial Horticulture Webinar Series. “The main goal in crop rotations is to reduce the amount of the …

Excitement Builds Toward Upcoming S.E. Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Fruit, Georgia, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference is two months away for those in Georgia, Florida and Alabama interested in attending. After last year’s conference was held virtually due to COVID-19, the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) is excited about the show’s return in Savannah, Georgia on Jan. 6-9, 2022, says Charles Hall, GFVGA executive …

How Much Longer? Future GFVGA Leader Discusses Current Supply Chain Crisis

Clint Thompson Fruit, Georgia, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson The future leader of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) believes the current supply chain crisis is temporary. At least that is what economists are saying and what his hope is. “I think we’ll continue to see supply chain issues into next year for sure,” said Chris Butts, GFVGA director of legislative affairs who will …

Specialty Crop Industry: USDA Announces More Than $243 Million in Grants

Clint Thompson Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today an investment of more than $243 million in grants to support specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts and nursery crops through two USDA programs – the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the Specialty Crop Research Initiative grants program. USDA is investing $169.9 million through the Specialty Crop Block …