In an effort to boost its own supply of sweet berries, Georgia Farm Bureau Bureau officials are launching a new campaign that promises to provide the state with more than 1,000 greenbacks annually in exchange for their assistance.
The new campaign, launched by the Georgia Sweetberry Growers Association, is designed to help boost the production of sweet bermudagrass, sweet orange, and white berry crops.
“Sweet berry growers in Georgia have been struggling to get the state’s first harvest in years,” said Lisa Anderton, a Georgia Sweetberry Growers association vice president.
“We have been working to provide them with a way to grow the crops that are their pride and joy, and to help them create more jobs for their families and communities.”
The Sweetbergate campaign was born out of the ongoing Georgia drought, which has seen a steep drop in sugar cane harvest, as well as a spike in corn production in recent months.
According to the state Department of Agriculture, the number of counties with over 50% of their crops in drought is now at 11, including the Atlanta metropolitan area, which is home to the largest sugar cane-growing area in the country.
“There are some pretty significant things happening in Georgia right now that we’ve been working hard to help,” said Georgia Sweetbeards association vice-president Lisa Aderton.
“Georgia has been really hit hard by the drought and is in the midst of a major harvest.
We’ve been doing everything we can to help and make sure we’re growing as many sweet berbys as possible.”
In addition to the Sweetbertree campaign, the Georgia Growers Federation has launched a “Sweet Berry Festival” this summer.
The group is hoping to draw in as many tourists as possible and raise money for the Sweet Berry Association.
Ander, however, said the festival will not directly benefit the Sweetberry growers association.
“We’re not a charity, we’re a business, we have to operate the way we do to help people,” she said.
“That’s what we’re trying to do, and that’s what’s keeping us going.”