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GEORGIA AGRICULTURAL CALENDAR

 

 

 

GEORGIA AGRITOURISM ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE

 

February 27 - 28, 2017

UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center

Tifton, Georgia

 

The Georgia Agritourism Association opens its annual meeting with a tour of South Georgia farms on Feb. 27. Stops include Georgia Farm Bureau Certified Farm Markets Southern Grace Farms near Tifton and Rutland Farms in Tifton. On Feb. 28, educational session topics include connecting with customers, diversifying through ecommerce, agritourism liability, sales taxes and more.

 

For more information or to register, visit this website.

 

 


 

 

SMALL VEGETABLE FARM WORKSHOP

 

February 28, 2017

Stuckey Center, UGA Griffin Campus

Griffin, Georgia

 

This program is for individuals working with small market vegetable farming and will benefit seasoned farmers as well as those interested in getting started. Topics of discussion include interpreting soil samples, soil health, troubleshooting vegetable problems, increasing pollinators for better production, integrated pest management and more. Cost is $20 per person, which covers instructional materials, lunch and refreshments.  To register online, visit this website.

 

For more information, contact Beth Horne at 770-228-7214 or by e-mail bhorne@uga.edu.

 

 


 

 

FERAL HOG TRAP COST-SHARE ASSISTANCE

 

SURVEY & BID DEADLINE: February 28, 2017

 

The Georgia Water Planning & Policy Center at Albany State University is leading a USDA-funded program offering cost-share assistance on feral hog traps. Farmers in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina are eligible to participate. After completing a 15-20 minute review of material online, farmers are given the opportunity to “bid” on a state-of-the-art feral hog trap complete with remote monitoring and activation. Farmers completing the material review will receive a $50 Visa gift card, regardless of whether they submit a bid. This cost-share opportunity is available until February 28.

 

For more information, and to obtain a participant code, go to www.signup.agvise.us or call 229-430-2900.

 

 


 

 

AUXIN HERBICIDE CLASSROOM TRAINING

 

March 7, 2017

Olin Tatum Ag Building

Cartersville, Georgia

 

Cotton and soybean varieties with tolerance to auxin herbicides (2,4-D or dicamba) are being commercialized. Prior to making applications of dicamba to dicamba-tolerant cotton/soybean or 2,4-D to 2,4-D-tolerant cotton/soybeans in Georgia, growers will be required to attend the training “Using Pesticides Wisely”. The training will focus on helping applicators/growers make wise decisions when applying not only 2,4-D and dicamba but all pesticides. Growers are strongly encouraged to bring their applicators with them. Attendance is suggested for all on-farm applicators to confirm that they have been provided the best management practices when applying all pesticides. Growers who attended 2015 or 2016 trainings, as long as they registered, are not required to attend the meeting again. However, they are welcome to attend as many times as they like.

 

For more information, please contact your local county extension office. To RSVP for this meeting, please call 770-387-5142.

 

 


 

 

CHEROKEE COUNTY FARM BUREAU AG EXPO

 

March 10, 2017

River Church, 2335 Sixes Road

Canton, Georgia

 

Georgia Farm Bureau President Gerald Long will deliver the keynote address at this annual event, which features booths and food samples from local farmers as well as arts and crafts. The Expo is free and open to the public.

 

For more information, please call 770-479-1481.

 

 


 

 

AUXIN HERBICIDE CLASSROOM TRAINING

 

March 14, 2017

Elbert County Extension

Elberton, Georgia

 

Cotton and soybean varieties with tolerance to auxin herbicides (2,4-D or dicamba) are being commercialized. Prior to making applications of dicamba to dicamba-tolerant cotton/soybean or 2,4-D to 2,4-D-tolerant cotton/soybeans in Georgia, growers will be required to attend the training “Using Pesticides Wisely”. The training will focus on helping applicators/growers make wise decisions when applying not only 2,4-D and dicamba but all pesticides. Growers are strongly encouraged to bring their applicators with them. Attendance is suggested for all on-farm applicators to confirm that they have been provided the best management practices when applying all pesticides. Growers who attended 2015 or 2016 trainings, as long as they registered, are not required to attend the meeting again. However, they are welcome to attend as many times as they like.

 

For more information, please contact your local county extension office. To RSVP for this meeting, please call 706-283-2037.

 

 


 

 

AG AWARE WORKSHOP

 

March 17, 2017

Greene County Farm Bureau

Greensboro, Georgia

 

AgSouth Farm Credit and AgGeorgia Farm Credit are hosting a series of informative workshops to give farmers a better understanding of how to approach their finances. Topics covered in the program include: balance sheets; income statements; family finance & family budgeting; risk management; accrual income; applying for financing and preparing a business plan. Bonus videos on recordkeeping, marketing and technology will be available for continued education.

 

To register visit this website.

 

 


 

 

2017 PEANUT PROUD FESTIVAL

 

March 25, 2017

Downtown Area

Blakely, Georgia

 

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.

 

 


 

 

USDA VALUE ADDED GRANT WORKSHOP

 

April 10, 2017

Georgia Farm Bureau Building

Macon, Georgia

 

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.

 

 


 

 

GEORGIA FARM AND EROSION CONTROL EXPO

 

April 21 - 22, 2017

Jim Miller Park

Marietta, Georgia

 

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.

 

 


 

 

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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