Georgia Vegetable Producers Extend Checkoff and Ag Drone Operators Cautioned

Georgia Vegetable Producers Extend Checkoff and Ag Drone Operators Cautioned

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, this is your Agribusiness Update.

**The Georgia Department of Agriculture announced that Georgia vegetable producers voted to extend the one-cent-per-marketing-unit checkoff fee on 14 key vegetable crops for another three years.

The decision, supported by more than 90% of producers, reflects their commitment to ensuring fresh, nutritious food for all Georgians.

The approved market order covers crops including cabbage, beans, greens, bell peppers, specialty peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, carrots, beets, cantaloupes, squash, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and cucumbers.

**The National Agricultural Aviation Association is asking all drone operators to be mindful of low-altitude manned agricultural aircraft this growing season.

Drones treat 127 million acres in the U.S. each year to help farmers increase productivity and protect their crops, as well as pastures, rangeland, and forestry.

Drones are not allowed above 400 feet without a waiver from the FAA, and manned aircraft fly as low as ten feet off the ground when making applications.

**Milk production in the 24 major states during March totaled 18.8 billion pounds, down 0.9% from March of last year.

February revised production was up 2.9% from a year earlier.

The February revision represented an increase of about 0.5%, from preliminary estimates.

Adjusting February production for the additional leap year day causes its revised production to be down 0.7%.

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