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Georgia Farm Recovery Block Grant Application Guide OPEN!

Dan Economy, Georgia, Industry News Release

(GFVGA) — At the end of February, Governor Kemp announced details surrounding the $347 million in federal block grant funds that the state has secured to combat the devastation incurred by Hurricane Michael. The state will began accepting applications for block grant funds.  Georgia farmers and forest landowners in 95 eligible counties (see map below), who suffered losses to beef, dairy, …

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Georgia Submits Revised Industrial Hemp Plan and Rules

Dan Georgia, Hemp, Industry News Release

In response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) promulgation of the interim final rule governing the production of hemp under the 2018 farm bill on Oct. 31, 2019, the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) has submitted an updated “Georgia Hemp Plan” to comply with USDA’s requirements. View the plan here. Pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, O.C.G.A. …

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Georgia Pecans Enter Taiwanese Markets

Dan Exports/Imports, Georgia, Industry News Release, Pecans, Specialty Crops

GDA Expands Trade Efforts (GDA) — More than 51,000 pounds of Georgia pecans are headed to Taiwan and are expected to enter retail stores by mid-December. The pecan export purchased from a grower in Ocilla, Georgia is a direct result of bilateral trade efforts between Georgia and Taiwan. During October, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black joined representatives from the Georgia Pecan Growers …

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Georgia Growers Learn About Produce Safety Rule

Dan Field Crops, Georgia, Vegetables

The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) has been working hard to get information out to produce growers about the Produce Safety Rule. Farm Safety Education and Outreach Associate Elizabeth Stalvey says that included spending time at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie last month. Growers with more questions about inspections, on-farm readiness reviews and training can visit georgiafarmsafety.com.

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Offering Produce Safety On-Farm Readiness Reviews in Georgia

Dan General, Georgia

The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Farm Safety Program continues to help produce farmers across the state with regulatory requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act. Farm Safety Education and Outreach Coordinator Maggie Brown says the department is still offering on-farm readiness reviews and will soon have more training classes.

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Vidalia® Onions Have Arrived

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops

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 …

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Training for Farmers and Growers on Produce Safety Rule

Dan Education, Fruits, Georgia, Industry News Release, Vegetables

This 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 Rule requirements, and details on …