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Ag News Roundup - July 24, 2018


Georgia blueberry crops bounce back for 2018 season – WGXA-TV
Georgia’s 2018 blueberry harvest was hampered by weather early in the season, but still turned out much better than 2017.


Peanut industry unified on 2018 farm bill provisions – Southeast Farm Press
All sectors of the industry agree on figures for reference price, marketing loan, a separate peanut payment limit, and storage and handling provisions.


UGA crop geneticists awarded $935,000 to breed softer cotton and more resilient peanuts – UGA CAES
USDA has awarded UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences plant breeders almost $1 million in grants this fiscal year to produce improved cotton and peanut varieties.


USDA, other agencies offer business advice July 25 at Jaemor Farms – Gainesville Times
Local entrepreneurs can learn about programs and services available through USDA and the Small Business Administration during event at Jaemor Farms in Alto, Georgia.


UGA food scientist wins public health award from the Institute of Food Technologists – UGA CAES
University of Georgia Distinguished Research Professor Casimir Akoh recently accepted the Institute of Food Technologists’ research award recognizing food science’s ability to improve public health.


Chinese pecan tariffs likely to cause Georgia pains – Savannah Morning News
Georgia pecans account for 50-70% of China’s pecan purchases, and in 2017 the state exported $32 million in pecans to China.


Bulloch County farmer earns honor – Statesboro Herald
The Ogeechee River Soil & Water Conservation District Conservationist of the Year for 2017 is Bulloch County farmer Dannie Romaine Cartee,


Christmas Tree Industry Votes to Continue National Research and Promotion Program - USDA
U.S. producers and importers of Christmas trees have voted to continue their federal research and promotion program.