Georgia Ag Commissioner Concerned with Seed Coat Fragments in Cotton

Dan Cotton, Georgia, USDA-AMS

It was announced this week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is collaborating with the Georgia Department of Agriculture in raising awareness and further examine the significant increase in seed coat fragments in cotton produced in the state. In a phone interview with Southeast Agnet’s Randall Weiseman, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black said in …


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 …

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 …


Georgia Cold Weather Update from Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release, Weather

“The cold weather this week, in addition to cooler temperatures throughout this winter season, have proven beneficial to many of our crops by providing much needed chill hours. In fact, peach and blueberry crops have received more chill hours this year than the last two years combined.  We must of course always be realistic in the fact that there is …


Georgia Ag Commissioner Gary Black on Rural Prosperity Task Force Report

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black issued the following statement: “Our agricultural and rural communities have always been the backbone of our state and national economy and I applaud Secretary Perdue and the efforts of the Rural Prosperity Task Force that demonstrate a renewed emphasis on rural areas and agriculture production.  President Trump has in just one year already publicly …

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2017 Georgia Grown Test Kitchen Schools

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release

Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black has announced the latest schools selected to participate in the Georgia Grown Test Kitchen program. This is the fourth year of the program, which promotes local and healthy eating in schools across the state by supplying school nutrition directors with healthy recipes using Georgia Grown commodities. This year’s additions are:  Glascock Consolidated …


Gary Black on Importance of Perdue as Ag Secretary

Dan Georgia

This past week was a busy one for agriculture in many ways, but among the top stories was the fact the U.S. Senate voted on Monday to confirm former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as the new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, followed the next morning by the official swearing-in ceremony. And one person pleased to see this finally happen …