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Leger & Son avoids ‘unforced errors’ in growing watermelons

Before Leger & Son can harvest a single watermelon, there are many considerations: soil health, pests and disease challenges and water availability. Nearly six decades after the family began farming watermelons, the third-generation company grows... more »

GFVGA asks for transparency on H-2A wage rates

The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) has filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the Department of Labor (DOL) regarding wage rates for workers in the H-2A temporary visa program. New hourly... more »

Hurricane Idalia disaster assistance available to Florida growers

Florida has launched two agricultural disaster recovery programs with more than $112 million in funding for farmers, ranchers and growers affected by Hurricane Idalia. Idalia came ashore at Keaton Beach in Taylor County in Florida's... more »

Georgia Ag Forecast registration open

Registration for the 2024 Georgia Ag Forecast, presented by the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and UGA Cooperative Extension, is now open.   The Georgia Ag Forecast is scheduled for Jan. 26 at... more »

Florida legislators want to nix some ag taxes

Florida's Commissioner of Agriculture and state lawmakers are proposing to eliminate multiple taxation of agricultural production by annual local property taxes. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson, Senator Jay Collins, and Representative Danny Alvarez announced... more »

Georgia protests H-2A labor wage increases

Growers in Georgia who employ workers through the H-2A temporary visa program are paying 21% more than 14 months ago, and the state’s attorney general is joining growers in protesting what they say is a... more »

Florida event focuses on organic education

Florida Organic Growers (FOG) is offering discounted early registration to the 2024 Organic Food and Farming Summit. The event is April 18-19 at the Embassy Suites by Tampa Airport Westshore in Tampa, Florida. The summit... more »

Georgia Senator pushes CBP to boost Georgia produce demand

Georgia U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff has pushed U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to help Georgia farmers sell more produce, including pecans. In October, Sen. Ossoff launched an inquiry with CBP urging them to begin... more »

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