Fruit growers are encouraged to attend a satsuma orange production and fruit marketing meeting at the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office in Lowndes County on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 9:30 a.m.
Easily confused with tangerines, clementines and cuties, satsuma oranges are one of the various groups of mandarin oranges. Now in their second year of growth in south Georgia, satsuma trees are planted on about 75 acres in the state, according to Jacob Price, UGA Extension coordinator for Lowndes County.
The majority of the meeting will focus on the production of satsumas, and a portion of time will be reserved to discuss the potential market for selling Georgia-grown produce to schools.
“We hope to let the people know a little more about the food and nutrition programs at the schools and how they need to be set up to try to market their fruit to their school systems,” Price said.
A representative from the UGA Small Business Development Center will talk about the center’s programs, including marketing assistance. A Georgia Department of Agriculture expert will discuss how the movement of citrus across state lines is regulated. Attendees will also learn to bud citrus trees in a hands-on session.
The meeting is designed for producers, but it is open to the general public. For more information, contact the Lowndes County Extension office at 229-333-5185.
(Tatyana Phelps is an intern with the UGA Tifton Campus.)