FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Office of Communications
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black issued the following statement:
“The cold weather is providing us much needed chill hours for peaches and blueberries, and we are also hopeful that these weather conditions will have a positive impact on reducing the white fly pest population in produce and cotton areas of the state. Of course, the extreme temperatures also have the potential to present great challenges as well, such as increased heating costs to our poultry producers. It is still a little too soon to quantify those challenges, but we will continue to monitor the effects the weather has on our crops, livestock and poultry in the coming days. In addition, our Emergency Management Team is engaged within the GEMA network to assist with any livestock, equine or companion animal needs that may occur as a result of this winter weather."
About the GDA The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state’s agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visit www.agr.georgia.gov.