Georgia Freeze Damage and Annual Feeding the Economy Report
**The freezing temperatures that swept across Georgia March 12 and 13 resulted in some damage to the state’s fruit crops, the worst of which appears to be in blueberries grown in the southernmost portion of the state.
According to the GFB, growers still anticipate strong crops, though the prospect of another freeze event is a cause for concern.
In the mid-March event, temperatures plunged to the mid-20s in South Georgia and the teens in the North Georgia mountains.
**Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced plans for improving shipping in the Seattle area by prepositioning containers of U.S.-grown ag commodities near port terminals to help improve service for shippers.
The USDA is partnering with Northwest Seaport Alliance to enhance access to a 49-acre pop-up site to accept either dry agricultural or refrigerated containers for temporary storage.
The Northwest Seaport Alliance saw a nearly 30% decline in exporting ag commodities in the last six months of 2021.
**Food and ag groups released the sixth annual Feeding the Economy report, showing that 7% of the nation's economy and 29% of American jobs are linked to the food and agriculture sectors, either directly or indirectly.
Amidst the global supply chain and inflation crises, these sectors also exported $182.91 billion worth of goods.
The report shows the total food and industry economic impact at $7.43 trillion.