$15 Minimum Wage? Potential Increase Would Impact Southeast Producers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

The Biden Administration’s push for a $15 minimum wage would have significant ramifications for farmers who utilize the H-2A program. Veronica Nigh, economist with American Farm Bureau, discusses the financial impact a higher minimum wage would have on Southeast vegetable and specialty crop producers. “The H-2A program stipulates you have to pay the highest wage of (either) the state minimum …

Rapid Response: New UGA Test for Fusarium Wilt a Major Help for Watermelon Producers

Clint Thompson Georgia, Research, Top Posts, Watermelon

University of Georgia scientists have developed a rapid test to determine the presence of fusarium wilt in watermelons. This test produces much faster and more efficient results and will facilitate research for breeders who are researching new varieties. They can produce options that have resistance to the disease. Emran Ali, head of the Plant Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at the University …

Asian Bean Thrips: Insect Infestations Increasing in South Florida

Clint Thompson Florida, Pests, Top Posts

South Florida continues to be a hot spot for Asian bean thrips (ABT). According to UF/IFAS, the insect that feeds on wild cowpea is increasing across the region. Charlotte County is the latest county in which the ABT has been identified. Populations have also been observed in West Palm Beach. Other species of thrips have increased as well. Multiple farms …

Looming Deadline: GFVGA Survey Due Friday

Clint Thompson Fruit, Georgia, Top Posts, Vegetables

The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) wants Ag workers protected during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As vaccinations continue to be administered across the country, the GFVGA is emphasizing the importance of essential Ag workers. This includes family, full-time employees and seasonal employees comprised of domestic, migrant and H-2A employees. GFVGA is administering a survey that will help inform …

Georgia Watermelon Producer: We’re Not Panicking Yet

Clint Thompson Georgia, Top Posts, Watermelon

Georgia watermelon producers are not concerned about how excessive rains in February will impact their plantings in March – not yet anyway. Dick Minor, with Minor Produce Inc. in Andersonville, Georgia, says Georgia watermelon farmers are still weeks away from needing to get in the field to plant this year’s crop. “We’re still a couple of weeks at the earliest …

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Pecan Promotions: USDA Seeks Nominees for Board

Clint Thompson Alabama, Georgia, Pecan, Top Posts

Southeast pecan producers interested in serving on the American Pecan Promotion Board can submit a nomination no later than March 26. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking nominations for the board under the Pecan Promotion, Research, and Information Order. The board will be comprised of 17 members; 10 producers and seven importers. The producers …

‘Protect Your Peach’: GDA Launches New Campaign

Clint Thompson Georgia, Top Posts

Georgia Department of Agriculture ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Agriculture wants Georgians to ‘Protect the Peach.’ The new campaign is implemented to help inform rural Georgians about the best ways to protect their communities amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. GDA’s Georgia Grown program has partnered with Georgia Farm Bureau, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service and state commodity …