Vidalia® Onions Have Arrived

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Georgia’s official state vegetable is officially in season, beloved Vidalia® onions can now be found in grocery stores around the world. Grown only from Georgia soil, the Vidalia® onion is available for a limited time. Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black released the following statement about the world-renowned onion:  “The sweetest onions on earth are certainly living up to their reputation this year.  Thanks …


Vidalia Onions Set to Ship April 22

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release, Vegetables

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Announces Official Pack Date for 2019 Get those taste buds ready, Vidalia onion lovers, because America’s favorite sweet onion will soon be on the way. The Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Vidalia Onion Committee announced that the pack date for the 2019 Vidalia season is Monday, April 22.  “With tremendous consideration after consultation with the Vidalia …

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The Georgia Department of Agriculture Kicks Off 2019 Agriculture Awareness Week

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release

Commissioner Gary W. Black and the Georgia Department of Agriculture are excited to kick off a week of celebrating Georgia’s diverse agriculture with their third annual Georgia Agriculture Awareness week. “We should thank our farmers every day for the blessings they give us by providing the most abundant and safe food supply in the world,” Black said. “But this week …

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Kroger Commits to Georgia Dairy Farmers

Dan Dairy, Georgia, Industry News Release

The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown program is partnering with over 168 Kroger stores across the state as part of the “Milk Makes Amazing” promotion. Driven by Milk on My Mind, a dairy awareness program initiated by the Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Milk (ACCM), the partnership with Kroger aims to educate consumers about the benefits and versatility of milk …


Georgia Ag Commissioner Starting Another Term

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Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black is ready to start another term serving in that position, as other top state officials will be formally sworn into their jobs during a ceremony Monday in Atlanta.  Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman talked with Commissioner Black about the upcoming inauguration, which takes place the same day the 2019 Georgia General Assembly session starts. They also discuss …


Georgia Ag Commissioner Black Issues Statement on Hurricane Michael Relief Package

Dan Economy, Georgia, Industry News Release

“We are extremely thankful for the work of the General Assembly during last week’s special session and appreciate the Governor’s quick signature to the amended budget that provides roughly $270 million towards critical support for our agricultural sector and rural communities after Georgia’s worst natural disaster. Our farmers in Georgia are proud of their contributions to the state’s economy as …


Commissioner Black Testifies to International Trade Commission on NAFTA 2.0 Concerns

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release, Trade

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black traveled to Washington, DC to testify on behalf of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) regarding the damage NAFTA has done to Georgia’s produce industry. The hearing was held for the International Trade Commission to gather information on the likely impact of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) if approved by Congress. This …


Black Discusses Hurricane Michael Damage to Georgia Farms

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The 2018 Sunbelt Ag Expo is officially underway in Moultrie, Georgia, but the big topic of discussion for many is what agriculture is currently dealing with in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman caught up with Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black to discuss some of the crop damage he has seen so far. Black Discusses Hurricane Michael …


Commissioner Black Gets First Glimpse of Hurricane Michael’s Damage

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Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black got his first glance of the devastation left behind by Hurricane Michael during a brief flyover on Friday with  Director of the Georgia Forestry Commission Chuck Williams. “Unfortunately, our worst thoughts were realized, “said Commissioner Black.  “We saw months and sometimes years of work just laid over on the ground in a matter of seconds.” Pecan …


Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Applauds Efforts to Assist Farmers Affected by Tariffs

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release, Trade

Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is applauding action taken by the Trump Administration to assist farmers who have been hurt by recent trade disputes. “We look forward to learning more regarding the assistance announced today,” Commissioner Black said. “We believe this is a good short-term solution for our farmers who have long-suffered from unfair trade practices from many of our …