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GDA Commends USDA’s New Biosecurity Campaign

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release, Poultry

The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) commends the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new outreach campaign focused on preventing the spread of infectious poultry diseases in both commercial and backyard poultry. Poultry is Georgia’s top agricultural sector, contributing more than $25 billion to Georgia’s economy annually. Georgia also leads in the industry as one of the top five broiler producing …

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Safety Rule Training for Georgia Produce Growers

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release, Vegetables

Registration Deadline: November 30 WHAT: This free one-day workshop is 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 Produce Safety …

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Georgia Participates in Food Safety Inspector Exchange Program with Ireland

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release

Georgia recently welcomed visitors from Ireland as part of a novel Inspector Exchange Program co-hosted by the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) and Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (AFM). “The Inspector Exchange Program with Ireland intertwines the knowledge, skills and best practices between our two agencies, sharing information with a global perspective,” said Gary W. Black, Agriculture …

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Georgia Farmers Share Hardship in Aftermath of Hurricane Michael

Dan Economy, Georgia, Industry News Release

Georgia farmers are sharing their hardships in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, which struck the heart of rural Georgia in early October. Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black and the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) have traveled to affected farms throughout the state and listened to the stories of farmers and farm families impacted by the storm. Each narrative returns to a …

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Updated Damage Assessments from Hurricane Michael Released

Dan Corn, Cotton, Forestry, Georgia, Industry News Release, Peanuts

New and updated damage assessments continue to show unprecedented losses for Georgia’s number one industry. “These estimations are a clear indicator of the unfortunate devastation many of our farmers and farm families have had to endure,” said Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black. “These staggering numbers are tough to read, but Georgia farmers have shown great resilience through this unsettling …

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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 …

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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 …