Farmers Asked to Participate in Deer Damage Survey
Over the last several years, deer have increasingly impacted Georgia farmers, causing damage to multiple crops and economic losses across Georgia’s food and fiber production sector. In response, Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) is now collaborating with the Georgia Department of Agriculture and UGA Extension to conduct a deer impact survey to determine losses from deer activity across the state during the last five years. Data collected from this survey will be used in support of increased mitigation measures and reform, research expansion, and legislative education.
During the GFB Commodity Conference in Athens in August, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper acknowledged the losses and said he’d had firsthand experience with crop damage caused by wildlife.
A 2017 study by UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources detailed damage and losses experienced by 109 farmers in a 20-county area in Southeast Georgia, resulting in an estimated $3 million in losses.
If you’d like to take part in the new, seven-question survey, head to our website, AgInfo.NET, for a link. ( https://gfb.ag/deersurvey ) The deadline for submissions is Nov. 10.