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GEORGIA AGRICULTURAL CALENDAR

 

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GFB YOUNG FARMER CONTEST ENTRIES, CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

 

ENTRY / REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 26, 2017

 

The GFB Young Farmer Committee is accepting applications for the Young Farmer Achievement Award, Excellence in Agriculture Award and Discussion Meet. Registration is also open for the GFB Young Farmer Leadership Conference, which will be held July 19-22 on Jekyll Island. GFB members between the ages of 18-35 may apply for these awards or attend the conference. Applications for the contests and conference will be accepted through May 26 at 4:30 p.m. and are available at county Farm Bureau offices. The state winners of each of the competitive events will be named at the GFB Young Farmer Leadership Conference in July. All rounds of the discussion meet and Excellence in Ag interviews for the top three applicants will be held at the leadership conference. The top three applicants for the achievement award will have on-farm interviews in late June.

 

For more information on any of these awards or the conference, please visit www.gfb.org/yf or stop by your county Farm Bureau.

 

 


 

 

GA COMMODITY COMMISSIONS BOARD MEMBER NOMINATIONS

 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 26, 2017

 

The Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commissions for apples, blueberries, corn, cotton, equine, milk, peaches, pecans, soybeans, tobacco and vegetables will accept nominations to fill several positions for the respective boards. To be nominated, eligible individuals must be an active Georgia producer of the commodity. Nominations may be made by filling out a Nominee Information Form found at this website and sending it to: Georgia Department of Agriculture, 19 MLK Jr. Drive S.W. Room 320, Atlanta, GA 30334. The form may also be faxed to 404-656-9380, or emailed to andy.harrison@agr.georgia.gov.

 

 


 

 

GEORGIA COTTON GROWERS’ EFFICIENCY SURVEY

 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 31, 2017

 

The Georgia Cotton Commission has funded this research project designed to improve cotton production efficiency. Georgia cotton farmers are asked for help in providing data for this project. Participation will involve filling out a questionnaire on various cotton inputs, farm qualities, and personal experience. Participants will be given the survey results this fall. Farmers will be able to log into www.georgiacottonfarmers.com and see how their farm compares to other cotton farms in Georgia in terms of production efficiency. Only your farm will be identified, others will be anonymous (as will yours to all other farmers). One of the goals of the survey is to provide farmers with information about usage levels of specific inputs they might want to adjust. These results will be in tables and graphs that will help Georgia cotton farmers to learn where and how they can improve their efficiency and profitability. To complete the survey, visit www.GeorgiaCottonFarmers.com.

 

For more information, contact UGA Agricultural and Applied Economics Director Dr. Jeffrey Dorfman at 706-542-0754 or jdorfman@uga.edu or graduate student Julian Worley at 706-621-3666 or julian.worley@uga.edu.

 

 


 

 

GEORGIA CENTENNIAL FARM PROGRAM

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 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 June 1.

 

Farm owners interested in applying for the award in 2017 should visit www.georgiacentennialfarms.org to download an application or contact Allison Asbrock at 770-389-7868 or allison.asbrock@dnr.ga.gov.

 

 


 

 

43rd GEORGIA BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

 

June 2 - 3, 2017

Alma, Georgia

 

Celebrate Georgia’s blueberry crop with a fun run, blueberry pancakes, blueberry pie eating contest, parade, arts/crafts, Civil War reenactments and more.

 

Visit www.georgiablueberryfestival.org or call 912-310-7399 for more information.

 

 


 

 

AMERICAN SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION SOY LEADERS OF THE FUTURE

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 9, 2017

 

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and Valent USA are pleased to announce the Soy Leaders of the Future program, a new opportunity for young people interested in improving their understanding of major policy issues that impact soybean farmers, the importance of advocacy, and careers that can impact agricultural policy. The first class will take place this summer and will be held in conjunction with the ASA Board Meeting and Soy Issues Briefing, July 10-13, 2017, in Washington, D.C. To apply for the Soy Leaders of the Future program, students must be at least 18 years old and have an interest in learning more about advocacy and policy issues that impact U.S. soybean farmers and career opportunities in Washington, D.C. and the agriculture industry. This program may be especially appealing to students majoring in a various areas of agriculture, political science, communications and business. Program sponsors will cover all travel, lodging and meal expenses for the students who are selected for this program. Class size is limited.

 

Visit this website to complete an online application or for more information. All applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 9.

 

 


 

 

2017 GEORGIA-FLORIDA TOBACCO TOUR

 

June 12 - 14, 2017

Blackshear, Georgia to Live Oak, Florida

 

This annual tour provides up-to-date information on variety trials, control of tomato spotted wilt virus, insect control and much more. The tour will begin with a kick-off supper in Blackshear at 7 p.m. on June 12.

 

For more information or to register, visit this website or contact Dr. J. Michael Moore at 229-386-3006 or jmmoore@uga.edu.

 

 


 

 

AFBF RURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE

 

ENTRY DEADLINE: June 30, 2017

 

The American Farm Bureau Federation is open for online applications for its fourth Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 in startup funds. The competition provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations that benefit rural regions of the United States. It is the first national rural business competition focused exclusively on innovative entrepreneurs working on food and agriculture businesses. Competitors are invited to submit for-profit business ideas related to food and agriculture online at www.strongruralamerica.com/challenge.   The final four teams will compete in a live competition at AFBF’s 99th Annual Convention in Nashville on Jan. 7 for Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year award and $30,000 (chosen by judges), People’s Choice award and $25,000 (chosen by public vote), First runner-up prize, $15,000) and Second runner-up prize, $15,000

 

 


 

 

2017 GEORGIA-FLORIDA TOBACCO TOUR

 

August 25, 2017

Burke County Office Park

Waynesboro, Georgia

 

AgSouth Farm Credit and AgGeorgia Farm Credit are hosting this workshop 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.

 

 


 

 

22nd ANNUAL LUMBER CITY FARM DAY FESTIVAL

 

September 9 - 10, 2017

33 Main Street

Lumber City, Georgia

 

Saturday’s events include a Fun Run & 5K race, arts/crafts, food vendors, a parade and live entertainment.  A community church service will be held Sept. 10.

 

For more information or to register for the race visit www.lumbercityfarmday.org or call Jeanette Ban at 912-363-4643 or email  jeaban2007@mac.com.

 

 


 

 

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.

 

 


 

 

MONROE FARMERS MARKET

 

Saturdays, 8:30am - 12:30pm

May 13 - October 7, 2017

Court Street, Downtown

Monroe, Georgia

 

This market, sponsored in part by Walton County Farm Bureau, will feature fresh produce and goods from local farmers, work from local artisans and family friendly activities.

 

For more information visit www.monroedowntownfarmersmarket.com.

 

 


 

 

WOODSTOCK FARMERS MARKET

 

Saturdays, 8:30am - Noon

May - September, 2017

Market Street, Downtown

Woodstock, Georgia

 

This market features vendors who grow at least 85% of the products they sell. The Cherokee County Farm Bureau is partnering with the market to bring special events to the market throughout the 2017 season.

 

For more information call 770-924-0406 or visit this website.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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