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Vidalia® Onions Set to Ship April 16

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release, Vegetables

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Announces Official Pack Date for 2020 (GDA) — For Vidalia® onion fans, spring doesn’t officially start until the iconic vegetable ships to stores around the country. This year, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Vidalia Onion Committee have set April 16, 2020, as the official pack date for America’s favorite sweet onion. “Along with the Vidalia Onion …

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Get Applications Ready for Georgia Block Grant Program

Dan Economy, Georgia

It was announced last week that applications for Farm Recovery Block Grants for Georgia farmers and forest landowners affected by Hurricane Michael will soon be accepted. According to Tyron Spearman, the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) will begin accepting online applications for the $347 million in block grant funds on March 18, 2020. Georgia farmers and forest landowners will need …

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Georgia Produce Safety Inspections Continue

Dan Georgia, Industry

The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Farm Safety Program has helped to develop partnerships and relationships with farmers across the state concerning the regulatory requirements for produce safety under the Food Safety Modernization Act. Farm Safety Education and Outreach Coordinator Maggie Brown says the inspections, on farm readiness reviews and training continue.

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Commodity Commission Appointments Announced

Dan Cotton, Equine, Georgia, Industry News Release, Soybeans

ATLANTA (GDA) – Recently, the Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commissions ex officio committee confirmed appointments to several commodity commissions. The following appointments were made to serve three-year terms: Beef Commission John Callaway, Coweta County Ernie Ford, Calhoun County Allen Wiggins, Turner County Cotton Commission Steven Meeks, Wayne County Matt Coley, Dooly County Equine Commission Beth Williams, Oconee County Dr. Barbara Kelly, …

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Georgia Produce Safety Rule Update

Dan Georgia, Vegetables

The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Farm Safety Program, which started back in 2013, helped develop partnerships and relationships with farmers across the state concerning the regulatory requirements for produce safety under the Food Safety Modernization Act. Farm Safety Education and Outreach Associate, Elizabeth Stalvey, updates where things stand with the program.

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Georgia: Not Just Peaches and Peanuts

Dan Citrus, Fruits, Georgia, Industry News Release, Organic, Peanuts, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

Inaugural tour introduces variety of Georgia Grown products, featuring site tours and gourmet meals. Georgia Grown, the marketing and economic development program of the Georgia Department of Agriculture, wants everyone to know that the state produces more than just peaches and peanuts. That’s why Georgia Grown is hosting international and national media guests, grocery buyer executives, state officials and culinary …

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New Census of Agriculture Released Amid Disaster Relief Call to Action

Dan Census of Agriculture, Georgia, Industry News Release

According to the USDA’s 2017 Census of Agriculture, between 2012-2017 Georgia’s agricultural industry observed continuous growth in production value of fruit and tree nuts; while other commodities including row crops, stabilized or suffered slight downturns. The new information from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) comes amid calls for action by Georgia’s Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black for the …

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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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Equine Infectious Anemia-Positive Horses Confirmed in Paulding County, Georgia

Dan Equine, Georgia, Industry News Release

The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s (GDA) Animal Industry Division has confirmed three positive cases of equine infectious anemia (EIA) in quarter horses at a Paulding County facility. This makes eight confirmed cases in 2018.  In compliance with federal guidelines and protocols, the affected horses were humanely euthanized. There is no cure or vaccine for EIA. The remainder of the horses …