State Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black has a 2020 goal of seeing at least 20 percent of school menu nutrition come from products grown in Georgia. The hope is that students will see and recognize the Georgia Grown label in grocery stores and encourage their parents to buy Georgia Grown products. Read more here.
Georgia’s pecan industry has grown tremendously in the last five years! Pecans can certainly bring future profit, even so, new farmers should realize that growing pecans is a costly investment. Read here.
Lenny Wells, the University of Georgia’s leading voice in the pecan industry, writes about the history of pecans and their popularity in the South in his first book, “Pecan: America’s Native Nut Tree.” Wells says his book isn’t just for pecan growers, but for anyone interested in Southern agriculture. Read more here.
Spring has spring early for farmers throughout the Southeast. Great read about Georgia’s recent weather patterns and the USA National Phenology Network.
It’s been a strangely mild winter here in Georgia. How will this affect the 2017 Georgia pecan crop? University of Georgia Extension Pecan Specialist Lenny Wells informs us of the possibilities. Read here.
February is American Heart Month! DID YOU KNOW? Adding just a handful of pecans to your diet each day may help inhibit unwanted oxidation of blood lipids, thus helping prevent coronary heart disease! Pecans help reduce the risk of heart disease because they have an abundance of “good” heart healthy fats! Pecans contain more than…
According to the University of Georgia pecan specialist Lenny Wells, 2017’s yield was better than last year’s. “Overall I would guess (that the yield is) probably 10 to 20 million pounds better than last year, at least, for the state. And prices were as high as we’ve ever seen them.” Read more of the season’s…
Farmers near Albany in southern Georgia were hit very badly during the January tornadoes. Several hundred acres of pecan trees were devastated. Read about the potential impact on pecan supply from Georgia.
Next spring, the University of Georgia will be releasing their newest pecan variety, Avalon. UGA horticultural scientist, Patrick Conner, says it has shown good resistance against scab disease so far. “That combination of big size, high quality, and high levels of scab resistance is fairly unique,” Conner said. “Most highly resistant cultivars are either small…
Have you ever considered incorporating Georgia agriculture into your holiday traditions? We love the idea! Here are some great suggestions published in The Daily Citizen by Brenda Jackson with Murray County Extension.