Georgia Crop Acreage Higher and E15 Rule Overturned
**Georgia farmers increased acreage in corn, cotton, peanuts and soybeans in 2021, according to the June Acreage Report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
According to www.gfb.org, Georgia corn acres were up 9.5% from 2020 numbers at roughly 460,000 acres.
Cotton was up slightly at about 1.2 million acres. Georgia peanuts are up 2% at an estimated 830,000 acres. And, soybean acres are up 30% at 130,000 acres.
**Ruling in favor of American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit overturned part of a 2019 rule permitting the year-round sale of gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol.
National Farmers Union President Rob Larew says he’s "deeply disappointed" and "restricting the sale of E15 during the summer isn’t just outdated and unnecessary, it’s actively harmful."
He’s urging the administration and Congress to find other opportunities to expand the use of higher ethanol blends.
**If you know an outstanding leader in the apple industry, nominate them for 2021 Apple Man or Woman of the Year. Nominations are due July 30th.
The Packer will present the award during the U.S. Apple Association’s 2021 Apple Crop Outlook and Marketing Conference, August 19-20 in Chicago.
Kaari Stannard, president of New York Apple Sales, was named 2020 Apple Woman of the Year last August, just the second woman to be so honored.