**Agriculture is a big factor in the economy of Georgia. In 2020, it contributed $69.4 billion to the state’s $1.1 trillion economy.

Vegetables contributed 10.1% of that; and fruit and nuts 6.0%, according to the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development at the University of Georgia.

And while Georgia may be known for its peaches, it’s blueberries that provide the most dollars at 42.4% of the state's $2.2 billion fruit economy.

www.thepacker.com/news/produce-crops/no-stopping-georgia-good-weather-strong-demand-keep-farmers-packers-busy?mkt/

**A group of Senate Democrats requested the 2023 budget include the funding for Farm Bill conservation programs.

Senators Michael Bennet of Colorado, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Chris Coons of Delaware led the effort in a

letter to the Senate Appropriations Ag Subcommittee.

The senators asked for $1 billion to continue to increase USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service Operations to help ensure farmers, ranchers, and foresters can be part of the climate solution.

**As if we needed a reason, Busch Light and John Deere announced a “For the Farmers” collaboration featuring limited-edition beer cans to support Farm Rescue.

Available through July 3, consumers can purchase 24- or 30-pack cases of Busch Light cans with farming graphics that feature the John Deere logo and equipment.

For each case sold, Busch Light will donate $1 to Farm Rescue, up to $100,000, with John Deere matching Busch Light’s donation.