Georgia Referendums Corn-Pecans and Growers Automation Spending Up
**The Georgia Department of Agriculture is holding referendums on whether to continue assessments for the agricultural commodity commissions for corn and pecans through May 30.
Funds from this can only be used for research, education and promotion of the commodities.
Ballots for both referendums were mailed in late April and must be postmarked by May 30 to be counted.
Corn or pecan growers who did not receive ballots should contact Andy Harrison at email@example.com.
**For the first time in several weeks, the nation's average gas price increased, rising four cents from a week ago to $3.51 per gallon.
That’s down 14.9 cents from a month ago and 95.6 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.
The average diesel price fell four cents and now stands at $3.97 per gallon, $1.59 lower than one year ago.
With continued discussion over the U.S. hitting its debt limit, oil prices have seen additional volatility.
**Growers now spend an average of $500,000 a year on automation in response to the persistent ag labor shortage.
Western Growers discovered the data in its Specialty Crop Automation Report, which tracks and measures industry progress in harvest automation across the fresh produce industry.
It’s also part of the Western Growers Global Harvest Automation Initiative, which aims to accelerate ag automation by 50% in ten years.