It is not summer without watermelon and what better way to enjoy watermelon than submitting your favorite watermelon drink in a recipe contest! For the 2nd year in a row, the Georgia Watermelon Association is hosting an exciting recipe challenge searching for Georgia’s Best Summertime Drink highlighting Georgia Grown Watermelons! The goal of the contest is to promote the use of Georgia Watermelons in a fun way so that consumers will find ways to enjoy it all year long. There are two categories (‘21 and Up’ & ‘Family Friendly’) and a first place winner will be selected from each category.
[caption id="attachment_3036" align="alignright" width="149"] Courtney Wilkes was known for her love for her friends, family and animals.[/caption] “Nothing will keep me from my life-long desire to be a large animal vet,” Maggie Burkhalter wrote recently in her application for the Courtney Wilkes Ag & Vet Scholarship. Now, with a little help from Courtney Wilkes’ friends and family, and the Vidalia Onion Business Council (VOBC), Burkhalter is a little closer to that dream. The scholarship is in its 5th year, and is available to graduating seniors in the Vidalia onion region who plan to pursue a career in the agriculture or
The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) joined a coalition of industry groups in April for Hill visits in Washington D.C. to voice concerns over the Environmental Pesticide Agency’s review policy of pesticides and pollinator health. Concerns began in early January of this year, when the EPA released a preliminary risk assessment on imidacloprid singling out the citrus and cotton industries. According to the release, cotton and citrus plants, when sprayed with the pesticide, contain a potentially damaging level of pesticide residue that may cause harm to bees. Imidacloprid is a class of pesticide defined as a Neonicotinoid, or
You spend a lot of time, energy and money preparing your food safety program. Everything is pristine when there is an audit or tour scheduled. But in the grind of daily life sometimes maintaining the program takes second place to fill orders and getting the product moved. Little things that an outsider might spot become common-place and might not be seen as an issue. This photo is of a pretty standard tomato packing line. The tomatoes come in from the field in totes and are dumped onto the line where they move through a tunnel and are sprayed with a
As spring planting and summer harvest approaches, the Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association is busy helping farmers get food safety ready. Beth Oleson, GFVGA Director of Food Safety and Education recently traveled to several food hub and micro-farm coalitions in the north Georgia area to provide education and group training on food safety for their operation. When the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was passed, it included the Tester Amendment that allow “small farms” to be exempt from having to implement federal food safety regulations. GFVGA did not support this exemption as pathogens do not know if they are