Great Georgia Pollinator Census and What Worries Producers Most
**Later this summer, Georgia residents have a chance to help researchers find out what’s the buzz with insect pollinators in their state.
www.morningagclips.com reports, the Great Georgia Pollinator Census, hosted by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.
On August 20 and 21, Georgians will be asked to visit plants frequented by insect pollinators and count how many they observe in a 15-minute window.
Participants then submit their counts online at the census website … www.ggapc.org
**What worries you most about the produce business right now?
A recent poll conducted by the LinkedIn Fresh Produce Industry Discussion Group asked that very question of 173 international produce operators and their responses hit on three big topics.
According to www.thepacker.com, 46% said higher costs, 21% said the drought and water shortages in Western states, and 18% the state of the economy.
Labor and staffing shortages were also a big concern.
**Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is applauding the Federal Trade Commission after its vote to strengthen enforcement of the Made in USA standard.
Vilsack says USDA will complement the FTC’s efforts with our own initiative on labeling.
He says American consumers depend upon accurate, transparent labels to obtain important information about the food they consume. And, our farmers and ranchers also depend on those same labels to convey information about their products that consumers value and demand.