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GEORGIA AGRICULTURAL CALENDAR

 

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2017 GFB QUALITY HAY CONTEST

 

ENTRY DEADLINE: October 31, 2017

 

Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) members who grow Bermudagrass hay are encouraged to enter the GFB 2017 Quality Hay Contest. Hay entered in the contest will be tested at the University of Georgia Testing Lab using the Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) Test, which predicts fiber digestibility and likely animal intake of hay. Producers may enter more than one sample in the contest. There is a $20 entry fee for each sample entered in the contest to cover lab costs. The first-place prize is free use of a Vermeer 504R Signature Baler for one year courtesy of Vermeer.

 

Applications and instructions for submitting samples are available at county Farm Bureau offices or may be downloaded at the GFB website.

 

 


 

 

PEST MANAGER TRAINING

 

November 3, 2017

St. Simons Island Casino

St. Simons Island, Georgia

 

Certified pesticide applicators, arborists and others can enjoy the beach and earn recertification credits at the Pest Manager Training. Attendees can earn many types of recertification credits – GA, FL and SC Pesticide Applicator, ISA Arborist CEUs, Society of American Forester CFEs and Certified Crop Advisor CEUs. Register online, see an agenda or find more information at at this website. The registration fee is $69 until, Oct. 26 and $75 afterward.

 

For more information contact Willie Chance at wchance3@gmail.com or (478) 972-9981.

 

 


 

 

AG LABOR RELATIONS FORUM

 

November 7 - 8, 2017

UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center

Tifton, Georgia

 

Georgia Farm Bureau and other ag organizations are collaborating with the Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) to host this forum, designed to help farmers and ag business owners comply with existing labor laws and policies. The forum will be relevant to all commodities that rely on labor. The target audience is farmers, farm office managers and personnel responsible for monitoring rules and regulations for their organizations. Leading labor attorneys and human resource specialists will teach the sessions.

 

For more information or to register visit www.georgiaaglaborforum.com or call the GFVGA at 706-845-8200.

 

 


 

 

SMALL FARM CONFERENCE

 

November 13 - 14, 2017

Unicoi State Park

Helen, Georgia

 

The Chestatee-Chattahoochee Resource Conservation and District in partnership with the Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission and Natural Resources Conservation Service will host this conference to educate farmers with small-scale operations on ways to improve their operations and make them run more efficiently. The two-day conference will feature general sessions that will cover major agricultural topics, as well as breakout sessions that will cover unique topics of interest to small farming operations. Registration for the conference is $220 per person; however, through sponsorship from the Chestatee-Chattahoochee RC&D, the first 120 people to reserve a spot will receive a fully-paid scholarship for the event. Registration must be received by Nov. 6.

 

For more information, and to register for the event, contact the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission in Athens at 706-552-4470.

 

 


 

 

GEORGIA AGRIBUSINESS COUNCIL HARVEST CELEBRATION

 

November 17, 2017

Cobb Galleria Center

Atlanta, Georgia

 

Country music group Restless Heart will serve as entertainment for this annual event. The Harvest Celebration is key to the advocacy efforts of the Council. Early Bird ticket purchasers will be entered into a drawing for one of 12 great prizes! These include a one-night's stay on Nov. 17 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel; one of three Field of Dreams ticket books; or one of eight autographed items from Restless Heart. This Early Bird promotion ends Aug. 18.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit this website.

 

 


 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INCENTIVES PROGRAM (EQIP) SIGNUP

 

ENROLLMENT DEADLINE: November 17, 2017

 

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for fiscal year 2018 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) signup. While producers can apply year round, this application cutoff announcement is for all general EQIP, as well as some special initiatives like the Longleaf Pine, On-Farm Energy, Organic, Seasonal High tunnel, Working Lands for Wildlife and the North Georgia Irrigation Pilot projects. Farmers who wish to apply should visit their local USDA Service Center. EQIP provides technical and financial assistance to landowners to voluntarily address soil, water and other natural resource concerns on private lands.

 

For more information on NRCS conservation programs visit www.ga.nrcs.usda.gov and click on the Programs tab.

 

 


 

 

DAIRY MARGIN PROTECTION PROGRAM ENROLLMENT

 

ENROLLMENT DEADLINE: December 15, 2017

 

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications from dairy producers for 2018 coverage in the Margin Protection Program (MPP-Dairy).  The USDA has utilized additional flexibility this year by providing dairy producers the option of opting out of the program for 2018. To opt out, a producer should not sign up during the annual registration period. By opting out, a producer would not receive any MPP-Dairy benefits if payments are triggered for 2018. Full details will be included in a subsequent Federal Register Notice.  The decision would be for 2018 only and is not retroactive. The voluntary program provides financial assistance to participating dairy producers when the margin falls below the coverage level selected by the producer. USDA has a web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under the MPP-Dairy that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions. The online resource, available at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool, allows dairy farmers to quickly and easily combine unique operation data and other key variables to calculate their coverage needs based on price projections.

 

For more information, visit FSA online at www.fsa.usda.gov/dairy or stop by a local FSA office to learn more. To find a local FSA office in your area, visit offices.usda.gov.

 

 


 

 

 

FARMERS MARKETS / ON-GOING EVENTS

 

 

CANTON FARMERS MARKET

 

Saturdays, 9am - 1pm

May 27 - October 28, 2017

Cannon Park, Downtown

Canton, Georgia

 

This market features 100% GA Grown produce and handcrafted items. Cherokee County Farm Bureau (CCFB) will hold an event once a month at the market promoting watermelon day, apple day, peach day etc. On May 27, CCFB will be on hand to promote vegetables.

 

 


 

 

COBB COUNTY FARM BUREAU FARMERS MARKET

 

Tuesdays, 3pm - 7pm

Lost Mountain Park

Powder Springs, Georgia

 

Cobb County Farm Bureau (CCFB) in cooperation with Cobb County Parks & Recreation will host this farmers market.  CCFB is offering vendor space to farmers, growers, and producers in Cobb and surrounding counties, with the goal of offering locally grown produce and food to the community and to engage the community about where their food comes from as well as support Cobb County farmers. Each vendor must be a Farm Bureau member. Vendor fees are only $5 per, a discount for paid in full.

 

For more information, email cobbcountyfarmbureau@gmail.com,  or contact Debbie Payne at dmpayne@gfb.org or 770-943-3531.

 

 


 

 

ROCKDALE / DEKALB FARM BUREAU FARMERS MARKET

 

Tuesdays & Saturdays, 8am - 12:00pm

Rockdale / DeKalb County Farm Bureau Office

Conyers, Georgia

 

The Rockdale / DeKalb Farm Bureau Farmers Market will be held at 1400 Parker Rd. SE in Conyers. The public is invited to stop by and shop for fresh, locally grown vegetables, dairy products, crafts and more.  The market is expected to run into late summer or early fall when produce production ends.

 

For more information, contact the Rockdale / DeKalb County Farm Bureau office at 770-922-3566.

 

 


 

 

UNION COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

 

Tuesdays, 2pm - 6pm and Saturdays, 7am - 1pm

148 Old Smokey Road

Blairsville, Georgia

 

Beginning June 3, the public is welcome to shop for fresh, locally grown vegetables from local farmers. For more information contact Mickey Cummings or Kristy Peney at 706-781-8802 or visit www.ucfarmersmarket.com. Union County Farm Bureau will sponsor a tractor show at the market Labor Day weekend.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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