A state audit released last month said the Georgia Department of Agriculture isn’t doing enough inspections of the highest-risk food processing plants in the state. The department is changing that this month by starting to inspect the riskiest plants more often.
Prison inmates are working on a Vidalia onion farm in southeast Georgia. It’s part of a state program to fill empty farm jobs. The ‘transitional’ inmates packing onions at the Wayne Durrence Farm in Glennville are getting ready to return to the outside world. A part of their paychecks goes to the state to defray incarceration costs.
The Georgia Department of Agriculture wants farmers to check their chemical inventory and reports any shortages to police. The call for vigilance comes in anticipation of the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks Sunday.
Gov. Nathan Deal has received the results of a Department of Agriculture survey of farmers to determine whether growers are suffering a labor shortage. Deal’s spokeswoman said the governor will review the data and comment on it next week.
On Nov. 3rd, voters will choose between three men hoping to replace Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin after 42 years at the post. Republican Gary Black has spent his career working in the state’s agriculture industry. He told Rickey Bevington about the importance of his political experience, as well as why Georgia’s next Agriculture Commissioner should be a farmer.