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GFB leading vote pledge drive at Sunbelt Expo


Visitors at the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition are encouraged to sign the I farm. I vote. pledge banner, part of Georgia Farm Bureau’s campaign to urge farmers and rural Georgians to educate themselves on ballot issues and candidates and to vote in the Nov. 6 election.

The banner will be located in the Georgia Agriculture Building inside the main gate at Sunbelt, which takes place Oct. 16-18 in Moultrie.

The 41st Sunbelt Expo, sponsored in part by GFB, will feature more than 1,200 exhibitors, displays and product demonstrations.

The largest farm show in America with field demonstrations, Sunbelt brings together all segments of agribusiness, including farmers, educators, policy makers, ag enthusiasts and families. All attending the show will see the latest innovation and technology that the agriculture industry has to offer.

Education is the key component of the show with more than 300 seminars and demonstrations available. These seminars and demonstrations are taught in exhibit areas for beef, dairy, poultry, forestry, pond management, equine and cattle management. Farmers and ranchers can gain knowledge on the latest techniques from industry leaders and university specialists. The Expo works with 21 different education sponsors to host a strong seminar and demo schedule. These education sponsors include major universities and colleges with six of these having permanent exhibit buildings on-site. New this year, the Expo will feature Youth Educational Challenges for students as a competitive and fun opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge in six different content areas.

The Hoss Tools Sustainable Living Center focuses on topics for the specialty gardener. If you are interested in learning how to garden year round, visit this section. Hoss Tools Owner Greg Key will offer gardening tips, tools and more in the demonstration garden.

The 600-acre research farm’s field demonstrations are annual crowd-pleasers. These demos showcase harvesting and tillage equipment for cotton, peanuts, corn, soybeans and hay. In addition, hay demos will include all facets of hay harvesting from cutting to baling and will provide visitors the opportunity to see 80 different types of hay harvesting equipment run in a true farm setting.

Kentucky is the 2018 Sunbelt Expo Spotlight State. The Kentucky Spotlight State Committee put together an all-encompassing exhibit themed “Kentucky Start to Finish: Pioneering Innovation.” The exhibit will feature a special section on Agricultural Safety.

Attendees will find there is something for the entire family. There is a daily rolling Antique Tractor Parade, the American Grand Finals Stock Dog Trials (the largest field of competition in recent Expo history), and a Cow Milking Contest. Add in rural lifestyle fun, truck, tractor and ATV test drives, and the venue is perfect for rural enthusiasts.

 “The Sunbelt Expo is an unbelievable showcase of rural living blanketed with agriculture’s newest ideas and technologies. Its 3-days of fun, education and dreaming about agriculture’s future as we team together to feed, clothe and house a growing population around the world,” Sunbelt Executive Director Chip Blalock said.

The Sunbelt Ag Expo is open, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 16 and 17 and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 18. Admission at the gate is $10 per person per day. Advanced and discount tickets can be purchased online beginning August 1. The show site is four miles southeast of Moultrie on Georgia Hwy 133. For more information, see the show website at