Following an outbreak of listeria and salmonella last year, cantaloupe farmers in south Georgia are hoping for better sales this year. They tanked in 2012 when cantaloupes from other parts of the country caused the outbreaks that led to several deaths.
Unfortunately for area farmers, the weather has not been cooperating as of yet. Thanks to some cold nights and heavy rains from a few weeks ago, some crops are barely half the size of what they were a year ago at this time.
However, local growers say that they’ll trade safe melons for slow-growing anytime.
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