Muscadine Freshness: How Do We Get to Eight Weeks?

Jim Rogers Fruit

By Clint Thompson Muscadines are already a valuable commodity in North Carolina. If N.C. State researchers can determine how to extend their freshness, the crop’s value would really shine, says Penelope Perkins-Veazie, professor in horticulture science at N. C. State. “Normally, a fresh market seeded muscadine will easily last four weeks with low temperature storage. We hold them close to …

2022 SE Regional Conference Event Helps Producers Move Forward

Jim Rogers Fruit, General, Vegetables

The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference was just what the doctor ordered for growers yearning to reconnect with fellow farmers and look ahead to the upcoming season. “We are pleased with the continued attendance for this event,” said Drew Echols, Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) president. “After our virtual event in 2021, it was encouraging to see our …

Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference Produces Excitement, Big Crowd

Jim Rogers Fruit, Georgia, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson The return of the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference yielded a huge crowd and excitement among farmers reuniting again for the first time in two years. Chris Butts, executive vice president of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, said on Friday the attendance was about 2,700 with pre-registration between 1,600 and 1,700. “Our attendance numbers …

Alabama Extension Touts Crop Rotations

Clint Thompson Alabama, Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson Vegetable farmers hoping to reduce input costs should implement crop rotations. This management system helps protect against unwanted pests and diseases while reducing fertilizer and insecticide inputs, said Eric Schavey, Regional Extension agent in Northeast Alabama during the Alabama Extension Commercial Horticulture Webinar Series. “The main goal in crop rotations is to reduce the amount of the …

Excitement Builds Toward Upcoming S.E. Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Fruit, Georgia, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference is two months away for those in Georgia, Florida and Alabama interested in attending. After last year’s conference was held virtually due to COVID-19, the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) is excited about the show’s return in Savannah, Georgia on Jan. 6-9, 2022, says Charles Hall, GFVGA executive …

How Much Longer? Future GFVGA Leader Discusses Current Supply Chain Crisis

Clint Thompson Fruit, Georgia, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson The future leader of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) believes the current supply chain crisis is temporary. At least that is what economists are saying and what his hope is. “I think we’ll continue to see supply chain issues into next year for sure,” said Chris Butts, GFVGA director of legislative affairs who will …

Specialty Crop Industry: USDA Announces More Than $243 Million in Grants

Clint Thompson Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today an investment of more than $243 million in grants to support specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts and nursery crops through two USDA programs – the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the Specialty Crop Research Initiative grants program. USDA is investing $169.9 million through the Specialty Crop Block …

Georgia Ag Labor Relations Forum an Important Two-Day Event for Producers

Clint Thompson Fruit, Georgia, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson Next month’s Georgia Agricultural Labor Relations Forum is an opportunity for growers to receive timely information about various labor-related topics. Chris Butts, director of legislative affairs with the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, said the two-day event is essential for producers who need to stay up to date on important labor-related issues. “There are so many …