Georgia Peanut Commission Photo Contest and Ag Exports Higher
**The Georgia Peanut Commission is hosting a photo contest that runs through October 1st to fill the pages of the 2022 Georgia Peanut Calendar.
According to www.agwired.com, photo entries must be taken during the 2020 or 2021 peanut crop year and feature peanut production.
Entries must also be high resolution, at least 300 dpi, horizontal and not taken with a phone; otherwise, they may be disqualified.
**Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages show wage and salary employment in agriculture has been stable the past decade.
Since 2010, it’s gradually seen a 9% increase in jobs.
www.agrimarketing.com reports, growth was fastest in the livestock sub-sector, with an 18% increase, and crop support services, up 13%.
Firms in those sub-sectors provide services like farm labor contracting, custom harvesting, and animal breeding services.
**$700 million in competitive grant funding will be made available through the USDA’s new Farm and Food Workers Relief grant program to help farmworkers and meatpacking workers with pandemic-related health and safety costs.
Announced last week, $20 million of this amount has been set aside for at least one pilot program to support front-line grocery workers and test options for reaching them in the future.
The new program is funded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and is part of USDA’s Build Back Better efforts.