UGA Extension to Host Vidalia Onion Meeting

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University of Georgia Extension reminds growers and industry experts that the Vidalia Onion Crop and Disease Update meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center in Lyons, Georgia. Some of the featured topics include an update on this year’s crop; a walk-through in the variety trials being …

Commissioner Wilton Simpson Applauds Florida Legislature for Prioritizing Hurricane Idalia Recovery Efforts for Agriculture

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Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson applauded the efforts of the Florida Legislature last week following the conclusion of a special session that prioritized Hurricane Idalia recovery relief for Florida’s agriculture industry: “Florida’s agriculture industry sustained widespread damage from Hurricane Idalia, with an estimated loss of over $447 million in crops, livestock and infrastructure. Our state’s farmers, ranchers, and growers …

Let the Plantings Begin: Vidalia Onion Growers Benefit from Lack of Tropical System

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By Clint Thompson Georgia Vidalia onion producers dodged Hurricane Idalia went it passed through the Southeast on Aug. 30. That, so far, has turned out to be the area’s only threat of a tropical system this fall. It has been a positive development for growers who are on the verge of transplanting this year’s crop, says Chris Tyson, University of …

USDA FSA Hurricane Idalia Loan Informational Session

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Would you like to meet with USDA Farm Service Agency staff regarding loan assistance for Hurricane Idalia Recovery? The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), in cooperation with UF/IFAS Extension will host an informational and Q&A session, please see details below. FSA offers a variety of financial assistance programs; this session will focus on FSA loan options. There will be bilingual staff available …

Idalia Aftermath: Georgia Pecan Producer Reflects on Loss Month Later

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By Clint Thompson A month since Hurricane Idalia ravaged South Georgia and the area’s pecan crop, one producer has a final tally on his devastation. It was way worse than he had imagined. “I just finished getting a tree loss count. It’s about 15%, farm-wise, of the trees that were lost. Initially, I was hoping it would be about 10,000 …

UF/IFAS Facilities Rebuild from Hurricane Idalia with Help from Volunteers, Emergency Response Crews

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When Hurricane Idalia barreled through the Big Bend region of Florida, Mike Allen was stuck in Gainesville, watching a beloved facility get slammed by storm surge while The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore reported from the facility’s second-story patio. Once the rain stopped and the wind subsided after the storm rushed through on Aug. 30, University of Florida Institute of Food …

Hurricane Idalia Shows Less Financial Impact than Ian and Irma

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By Clint Thompson Hurricane Idalia’s financial impact on Florida is less than similar storms that have impacted the state; like Irma (2017) and Ian (2022). But that does not lessen the toll felt by specialty crop producers when the storm moved through North Florida a little less than a month ago. Christa Court, assistant professor in the food and resource economics department and director …

Hurricane Idalia: UF Economists Estimate Florida Agricultural Production Losses Top $78M

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Early reports from agricultural operations in Florida’s Big Bend region indicate production losses caused by Hurricane Idalia fall in an estimated range of $78.8 million to $370.9 million, according to University of Florida (UF) economists. An estimated 3 million acres of agricultural lands were in the storm’s path, including row crops like peanuts and cotton, dairy and poultry farms, aquaculture …

What Are Vidalia Onion Producers Planning for This Season?

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By Clint Thompson Georgia’s Vidalia onion producers are less than months away from transplanting this year’s crop. Growers are already thinking about and planning for this year’s production season. Chris Tyson, University of Georgia Extension area onion agent at the Vidalia Onion & Vegetable Research Center in Lyons, Georgia, discussed what is on the minds of farmers on the heels …

Pecan Specialist: Idalia Impact ‘Pretty Severe’ on Southeast Georgia Crop

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By Clint Thompson Southwest Georgia is not the only area in the state with a substantial amount of pecan acres. The southeastern part of the state has grown tremendously over the past two decade, says Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Extension pecan specialist. That is why Hurricane Idalia’s trek through the region on Aug. 31 left a devastating impact on …