Known as the sweetest onion around, the Vidalia onion is a Georgia agricultural staple that can’t be grown anywhere else in the world. But recently, conversation about this unique Georgia vegetable has turned sour. A race to grocery store shelves has in some cases, pushed quality standards out the door.
Georgia has seen unusually high rainfall totals this year and that could lead to unusually high food prices later this fall. According to University of Georgia Agricultural Climatologist Pam Knox, many farmers are behind schedule because of the wet conditions.
Georgia Ports Authority officials say a strong wheat crop has led to an increase in exports from the Port of Brunswick. Ports officials say the first export vessel of the season departed Thursday and between 90,000 and 100,000 tons of wheat moved through the Colonel's Island Terminal.
Georgia U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop and 16 of his colleagues have re-formed the “peanut caucus” in the new Congress. It’s an effort to protect the peanut industry in Washington, especially with debate coming on a new farm bill.
Starting Tuesday, Georgia farmers will need a special card to get their sales tax exemption on seed, fertilizer, and other so-called "farm inputs." Until now, they’ve only had to fill out a form at the cash register attesting that they are eligible for the tax break.
Growers are expected to harvest a million more tons of peanuts than they can sell this year. Federal forecasts put the harvest above three million tons, and some in the industry think that’s a low estimate.
Some Georgia farmers are playing a game of chicken with the calendar as they wait for rain. Forage crops like hay should have been planted by mid-November, but UGA extension professor Dennis Hancock says much of the seed is still in the bag.