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Georgia Produce Safety Program Inspections Underway Again

Clint Thompson Fruits, Georgia, Vegetables

During COVID-19, the Georgia Produce Safety Program, through the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA), suspended many of its normal activities. But according to Education and Outreach Associate, Elizabeth Danforth, some of those have started back up again. In following Governor Kemp’s guidelines, Danforth said that as of last week they started doing inspections again. And Elizabeth notes they’ve also started …

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USDA to Host Webinar for Producers

Clint Thompson Fruits, Vegetables

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host a webinar on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 1 p.m. ET, for farmers, ranchers and other producers interested in applying for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This webinar is an opportunity for producers to learn about the general application …

Georgia Produce Safety Questions Still Being Answered

Clint Thompson Fruits, Georgia, Vegetables

During this time of COVID-19, the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) wants growers to know while they are not providing On Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRR) right now, they can still help. Produce Safety Education and Outreach Coordinator Maggie Brown told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman they are available to answer any questions. Maggie noted that while we are all still at …


USDA Announces Additional Food Purchase Plans

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(USDA/AMS) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details of $470 million in Section 32 food purchases to occur in the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, in addition to purchases previously announced, which will enable USDA to purchase surplus food for distribution to communities nationwide. These Section 32 purchases will provide additional support for producers and Americans in …

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UF Surveys to Identify Impact of Pandemic on Florida’s Agriculture and Marine Industries

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(UF/IFAS) — With agriculture and marine industries occupying a large portion of Florida’s economy, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) wants to better understand how measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 are impacting these sectors. Starting today, faculty from the UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics (FRE) department are deploying surveys to UF/IFAS Extension agents …

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Georgia Produce Safety Program Website

Clint Thompson Fruits, Georgia, Vegetables

Because of the times we currently live in, the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) halted any trainings for growers on the produce safety rule and on-farm readiness reviews until further notice. But, GDA Produce Safety Education and Outreach Coordinator Maggie Brown, told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman they have great information on their website. That’s website again is


Florida Farmers Worried About Presence of Foreign Produce

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During the Florida Farm Bureau Federation (FFBF) and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Town Hall last week concerning COVID-19 and its effects on Florida agriculture, one issued discussed was how fresh produce growers were having difficultly moving their products. But foreign produce continues to be prevalent in stores. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said this is something …


The Day South Florida Agriculture Changed

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Submitted by Gene McAvoy, Regional Vegetable Extension Agent IV Emeritus with UF/IFAS “Up to the end of Feb our growers were having a banner year and it looked like this season would be one of those homeruns that come around every 5-6 years.” Here is a report that I prepared on the state of S Florida ag and shared with …


Florida Watermelon Farmers Face Uncertainty Due to COVID-19

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(UF/IFAS) — As fruit and vegetable farmers in South Florida decide what to do with produce once destined for now-closed schools and restaurants, watermelon farmers in North Florida have recently finished planting their crop. Given the uncertainty around the market for fresh produce, the decision to plant came down to economics, said Mark Warren, agriculture agent for UF/IFAS Extension Levy …