''Georgia’s crops can really add up''

Georgia is called the Peach State, but Agriculture Agent Campbell Vaughn says it could easily be called the chicken, blueberry, peanut, rye, or pecan state.

''As an Agriculture Agent, once a year we have to compile information on different areas of agriculture for a survey called Farm Gate. The last total Farm Gate Value for Georgia was $14 billion, so agriculture adds huge revenue for our state.''

Georgia ranks No. 1 in terms of blueberry, peanut and pecan production. Vaughn says, ''Our blueberry production is estimated at $335 million, peanuts at $575 million and pecans at $313 million. We are the No. 1 producer of pecans in the world.''

''Some other interesting rankings are that Georgia is first nationally in rye production as well as spring onions. Georgia is ranked No. 2 nationally in the production of watermelon and cucumbers. Those are $130 million and $60 million commodities alone.

''So where does the peach stand up in the national ranking for our state? No. 3 at $53 million. Also in at No. 3 are bell peppers at $121 million and sweet corn at $117 million.''


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