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8th Annual Legislative Livestock Showdown Results in House Win

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release, Legislative, Livestock

The 8th Annual Legislative Livestock Showdown took place at the New South Arena in Perry, Georgia, as part of the Georgia National Fair. The highly competitive livestock showmanship event, co-sponsored by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia National fair, resulted in a fourth consecutive win for the Georgia House of Representatives. “This is a unique opportunity for our …


Commissioner Black Gets First Glimpse of Hurricane Michael’s Damage

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release

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 …

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Georgia Department of Agriculture Responds to Threat of Hurricane Michael

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release, Weather

Hurricane Michael is expected to have a severe inland impact in southwest and central Georgia beginning Wednesday morning through Thursday afternoon. The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is working closely with state, federal and industry partners to support the safety and comfort of Georgia citizens, their animals and our neighbors along the Gulf Coast fleeing the storm. Areas impacted by …

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Training for Farmers and Growers on Produce Safety Rule

Dan Education, Georgia, Industry News Release

Registration Deadline: October 1st This is a $15.00 one-day workshop being offered to produce growers. The training will cover the  standardized curriculum designed by the Produce  Safety Alliance, which meets the regulatory requirements of the Produce Safety Rule under FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act).  The course  will  provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co- management information, FSMA …

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The Fresh Market Expands Local Product Offerings in Georgia Stores

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release, Vegetables

While Georgia might be most well-known for their peaches, The Fresh Market, a leading specialty grocer, is reaching beyond the fuzzy fruit to expand its already extensive local Georgia product offerings by adding 75 new locally-sourced items. With the help of Georgia Grown, a marketing and economic development program of the Georgia Department of Agriculture, guests shopping at any of …

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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 …

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Georgia Ag Commissioner Applauds Injunction Blocking Enforcement of ‘WOTUS’ Rule

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release, Water

Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is applauding action recently taken by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia to grant a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the burdensome Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. “This rule was a blatant overreach of the federal government,” Commissioner Black said. “We are pleased that the courts clearly saw the irreparable …

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2018 Georgia Grown Farm to School Program Selections

Dan Education, Georgia

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is pleased to announce the latest schools selected to participate in Georgia Grown’s farm to school programs, including the Feed My School for a Week program, the Georgia Grown Test Kitchen program and schools receiving System of Distinction awards. Commissioner Black believes that the schools selected are the driving force of Georgia’s farm to …

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Cotton Commodity Commission Accepting Nominations for Board Member Positions

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release

The Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for cotton will accept nominations to fill two board positions. To be nominated, eligible individuals must be an active Georgia cotton producer. Any person currently serving can be reappointed or replaced by the Ex Officio committee during appointments. Nominations may be made by filling out a Nominee Information Form found at http://agr.georgia.gov/commodity-promotion-forms.aspx and sending it to: Georgia …