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Farmers consider growing olives in south Georgia

By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

CAIRO, GA (WALB) – There is a growing interest in growing blueberries, grapes, and even olives in south Georgia.

Extension service personnel in Grady County will host an educational program for anyone interested in the commercial production of those fruits.

The program will focus on what other counties in Georgia are doing to successfully grow the non-traditional crops. County agents will also warn farmers of the potential risks with the new crops.

"We plant the olive trees and then there's normally about three years before we see any production," explains Don Clark, a Grady County Extension Agent. "So we don't know yet how hard it is, how hard it is going to be to control disease and insects on olives."

The program will be held March 18th at the Grady County Agri Center Auditorium.

To register for the free seminar, call the Grady County Extension Office at (229) 377-1312.


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