Georgia Pecans Suffer Loss from Hurricane Irma

Abbey Taylor Pecan, Top Posts, Weather

After Hurricane Irma tore through Florida, it went over Georgia. Although it weakened to tropical storm status by the time it hit the state, its strong winds and tremendous rainfall harmed Georgia crops, such as pecans. Like citrus, Georgia pecan trees were inching toward harvest when Irma hit. Samantha McLeod, executive director of the Georgia Pecan Growers Association, says every …

Farmer Files Discrimination Lawsuit over Medical Marijuana Licensing

Josh McGill Legislative, Top Posts

Exclusive Breaking News By Gary Cooper Columbus Smith, an 80-year-old black farmer from Panama City, Florida, filed a lawsuit on September 22 against the Florida Department of Health in the Second Judicial Court in Leon County. He claims a new Florida law unfairly restricts his ability to apply for a license to grow medical marijuana in Florida. Smith is a …

Obtaining Damage Assistance from USDA/FSA

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Weather

Many growers have been asking about the type of assistance they can receive to help with their farm damage from Hurricane Irma. According to Gary England, director of the Hastings Agricultural Extension Center, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) are still collecting and evaluating damage data. Once this process is over, they will have more …

Officials Survey Hurricane Damage in Florida

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Weather

On September 18, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Congressman Tom Rooney and Senator Marco Rubio flew in a helicopter to get an aerial view of farm damage from Hurricane Irma. Described by Rubio as an “agriculture catastrophe,” the storm ravished many Florida crops. Since many Florida vegetables were not in the ground yet, they …

First Organic Food and Farming Summit Sees Success

Abbey Taylor Organic, Top Posts

The inaugural Organic Food and Farming Summit wrapped up on September 19. Presented by Florida Organic Growers (FOG), the summit featured presentations from top researchers, a trade show and farm tours. Andi Emrich, summit coordinator, says the event went extremely well. Emrich says one year ago, the FOG board decided it wanted a conference that was specifically organic. The summit …

UGA Prepares for Growing Grape Industry

Jaci Schreckengost Grapes, Top Posts

The University of Georgia (UGA) recently put a new viticulture team in place and hired new professionals in response to the continuously growing interest in the Georgia grape industry. Cain Hickey, UGA viticulture Extension specialist, discusses the growing grape and wine industry in Georgia. Two of the main goals of the UGA research are to improve crop yield and quality, …

New Pest-Exclusion System

Abbey Taylor Pests, Research, Top Posts

The Organic Food and Farming Summit began on September 17. Presented by Florida Organic Growers, the summit features farm tours, workshops and presentations on the latest research for organic production. Ayanava Majumdar, Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, revealed a new pest-exclusion method for high-tunnel production at the summit on September 18. The new system is called high-tunnel …