News & Issues

GFVGA Congratulates Zippy Duvall- American Farm Bureau’s Next President!

At approximately 4:00 PM on January 12th, Zippy Duvall became the first Georgian to be elected President of the American Farm Bureau Federation.  Duvall was elected to a two-year term on the third round of balloting.  He ran against Barry Bushue of Oregon, Kevin Rogers of Arizona and Don Villwock of Indiana. After Bob Stallman announced his retirement as AFBF President, Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall launched an aggressive campaign reaching out to other state farm bureaus asking for their support for his election.  In his nomination speech as he addressed the AFBF voting delegates Duvall said, "This election is
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Taking Water Samples

By: Katie Odrobina Produce Food Safety Services Most operations are aware that they should periodically be testing their water sources at the farm, packing and storage facilities. Not everyone though has been taught how to properly take a water sample. Many laboratories simply send water sample containers and neglect to include instructions. Improperly taking a water sample can lead to false positive or false negative test results. Sodium Thiosulfate Tabs Some laboratories provide water sampling containers which contain a small tablet or powder. This substance is sodium thiosulfate which is used to neutralize any residual chlorine present in the water
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New GFVGA Intern to start at 2016 SE Regional

The Georgia Fruit Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) is looking forward to welcoming Sarah Hunter, a student at Auburn University, to the team in January as the 2016 Spring Intern. Hunter will begin her internship experience with the association at the SE Regional Conference in Savannah. “This will be an exciting first experience for [Hunter]. Through this event, she will get to meet and learn from members of the produce industry,” said Samantha Kilgore, GFVGA Director of Communications and former intern (2012). “There is no better way to start in our office than coming to the conference. Sarah will experience what
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Taking Sponge Samples

Many operations choose to verify the efficacy of their cleaning and training programs using a microbiological testing program. Not everyone though has been taught how to properly take a sponge sample. Many laboratories simply send the sponges and neglect to include instructions or the instructions are not consulted when taking a sample. Improperly taking a sample can lead to false positive or false negative test results. Because sponges are larger than swabs they are typically used to sample non-food contact surfaces. However, they can be used on food contact surfaces. Sponges can be used to sample equipment or environmental locations.
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Jeff Cook Receives Donnie H. Morris Award for Excellence in Extension

The GFVGA would like to congratulate Mr. Jeff Cook, County Extension Agent for Taylor and Peach Counties, on his recently received Donnie H. Morris Award for Excellence in Extension.   This award was established by the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association to recognize University of Georgia Cooperative Extension personnel for their important contribution to Georgia fruit and vegetable operations. Individuals eligible for this award must be nominated by a grower member of GFVGA.   Jeff has a Masters in Plant Pathology and Pest Management from the University of Georgia and has been involved in agriculture and extension for 14 years.
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Georgia Commodity Groups Well Represented at 2015 Fresh Summit

The Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit Convention & Expo drew a huge attendance from the global supply chain for fruits and vegetables, with more than 19,000 attendees from 63 countries filling up the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Produce buyer number attendees were greater than 3000, which is a record for the east coast show. The Georgia Grown Pavilion on the trade show floor covered more than 8,000 square feet this year, and hosted 31 operations representing the Georgia fruit and vegetable industry. Commodity associations that exhibited include the Georgia Watermelon Association, the Georgia Blueberry Growers Association, the
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