GEORGIA AGRICULTURAL CALENDAR
2017 PEANUT PROUD FESTIVAL
March 25, 2017
This annual event features free concerts all day, the Peanut Proud Parade, arts & crafts, a 5K road race, kids’ peanut obstacle course, a street dance and much more.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/peanutproudfestival. Festivities begin at 9 a.m.
GEORGIA PECAN GROWERS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE
March 28 - 29, 2017
UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center
This annual event features a golf tournament on March 28 at Springhill Country Club in Tifton and a welcome reception that evening at the UGA Conference Center. Also new in 2017, there will be an orchard tour, hosted by Dr Lenny Wells at the Tifton Ponder Farm, 2-4:30 PM. On March 29, educational sessions will be presented by vendors, researchers and financial advisors, as well as a grower’s panel world production overview. Registration is $50 per person and spouses may attend for free. Online registration is available at www.georgiapecan.org.
USDA VALUE ADDED GRANT WORKSHOP
April 10, 2017
Georgia Farm Bureau Building
This free workshop is presented by USDA Rural Development, The University of Georgia’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, and The Center for Innovation Agribusiness. Thanks to our partners at Georgia Farm Bureau. The VAPG program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio- based, value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the goals of this program. Independent producers, farmer or rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups, and producer-owned business ventures, including non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. The workshop will cover tips from successful grant writers, feasibility studies and services provided by the Center of Innovation for Agribusiness. While there is no cost to attend, pre-registration by April 5 is required to guarantee lunch.
To register visit this website.
'GEE HAW WHOA BACK' RODEO
April 10 - 11, 2017
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Arena
Spectators will be entertained with riveting competition during this Professional Cowboy Association-sanctioned rodeo, which begins at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Gates open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for children 6 – 12 years old and free to ABAC students and children five years old and under. Rodeo tickets will be sold in advance and at the gate on the two days of the event. The rodeo is a part of a week-long series of events on April 3 - 9 designed for students, alumni and the general public.
For more information, contact the ABAC Office of College Advancement at 229-391-4900 or go to www.abac.edu/homecoming.
GEORGIA FARM AND EROSION CONTROL EXPO
April 21 - 22, 2017
Jim Miller Park
This expo, sponsored in part by Cobb County Farm Bureau, provides a hands-on look at the latest in erosion and sedimentation control products. Ranger Nick will speak on April 21 and Walter Reeves will speak on April 22. Visitors can explore the latest in agricultural equipment technology, learn to garden and how to prepare fresh foods, get tips on raised-bed gardening, take home locally grown plants and foods and have questions answered on-site by master gardeners.
For more information, visit www.gaurbanexpo.com.
GEORGIA CENTENNIAL FARM PROGRAM
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2017
The Georgia Centennial Farm Program honors farms in three categories. The Centennial Heritage Farm Award honors farms owned by members of the same family for 100 years or more that are listed in the national Register of Historic Places. The Centennial Farm Award doesn’t require continuous family ownership, but farms must be at least 100 years old and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Centennial Family Farm Award honors farms owned by members of the same family for 100 years or more that aren’t listed in the National Register of Historic Places. More than 500 farms have been recognized through the Centennial Farm Program since it began in 1993.
Applications must be postmarked by May 1. Farm owners interested in applying for an award in 2017 can download an application at www.georgiacentennialfarms.org, or contact Allison Asbrock at 770-389-7868 or email@example.com.
MONROE COUNTY HERD SALE
May 6, 2017
Sleepy Creek Farm
Approximately 65 bred heifers will be available at this sale. Data on the heifers includes A.I. breeding and Sire EPDs, pelvic area, frame scores, disposition scores, weight per day of age and average daily gain.
YOUNG HARRIS / UGA BEEKEEPING INSTITUTE
May 10 - 13, 2017
Young Harris College
Young Harris, Georgia
This event, one of the most comprehensive beekeeping educational events in the Southeast, offers classes for beekeepers at all levels of experience and the annual honey show. Sessions provide training and certification, including individual and colony biology, hive equipment, off-season management and much more. Advanced beekeeper and honey judge program lectures & testing (open to registered participants only) to be held on May 10. Registration fees for ages 18 and older are $130 for May 11, $130 for May 12, $100 for May 13 and $300 for all three days. For ages 17 and under, fees are $100 for May 11, $65 for May 12, $50 for May 13 and $150 for all three days. Space is limited and classes generally fill up quickly.
For more information, visit this website.
RMA PECAN TREE INSURANCE PROGRAM
SALES CLOSING DATE: MAY 15, 2017
A Pecan Tree Insurance Program has been officially approved and implemented by the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) and will be available to growers starting with the 2018 crop year, which begins on July 1, 2017. Growers have been able to insure their pecan crop for several years and now they can also insure their trees to protect them from losses incurred in situations like we have seen with recent storms. Interested growers will need to visit with their crop insurance agents before the May 15 sales closing date if they wish to participate in the program for the upcoming crop year.
To learn more about the program, follow this link.
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