A 14-day quarantine at the Savannah-Chatham animal control shelter is expected to be lifted early next week. Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police spokesman Julian Miller says the quarantine is expected to be lifted Tuesday after Georgia Department of Agriculture officials Wednesday extended an existing quarantine by 14 days.
Two high-ranking officials have resigned at Georgia's Department of Agriculture. Chief Operating Officer Billy Skaggs and the director of the food safety division, Oscar Garrison, both resigned on March 30.
The Georgia Restaurant Association and the Georgia Department of Agriculture have partnered to promote locally grown foods. The agencies announced they're launching the Georgia Grown marketing and branding program to highlight and expand the state's agricultural industry.
State officials are offering funding to groups interested in running spay and neuter programs for pets. Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said the money is intended to make pet sterilization more affordable to ease the strain on Georgia's animal shelters.
The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia plans to display four controversial murals that were removed from the Georgia Department of Agriculture's building. The murals depict the state's history of agriculture, beginning with a representation of Native Americans who originally lived in the region and including two that address slavery.
Georgia is not seeing a big jump in production of organic products and crops, despite a national organic boom. Officials said that is due, in part, to a producers’ and handlers’ failure to register with the state. Registration is required, but not really enforced.
A Southeast Georgia gas station chain is taking Georgia's Agriculture Commissioner to court over signs for gas prices. Parker's Market chain owner, Greg Parker, says Commissioner Gary Black's office told the chain not to post a lower gas price for people using the chain's debit card. Parker says, Black is overstepping his authority.