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January is conference time for Georgia Farmers

by Georgia Farm Bureau

Posted on Dec 18, 2019 at 0:00 AM

From knowledge to networks, all sectors of Georgia agriculture have a conference coming in January.

The Southeast Fruit & Vegetable Conference (Jan. 9-12), Georgia Peanut Farm Show (Jan. 16), the Georgia Cotton Commission Annual Meeting (Jan. 29) and the Ag Forecast Series (Jan. 21-31) offer new insights on production practices, business tactics, regulatory compliance and a host of other topics important to farmers.

The SE Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference returns to Savannah. During the three-day educational program, 70+ hours of concurrent, commodity specific seminars will be held, with topics spanning from pest management to marketing and business operations. Commodity conferences include peach, vegetable, Vidalia onion, watermelon, muscadine, blueberry, strawberry, blackberry, and raspberry. There are also sessions on business operations, food safety, roadside markets, organic production and new this year—precision ag technology.

The 2020 trade show will offer a varied assembly of produce industry vendors and suppliers.

For more information on hotels, educational sessions or to register for the 2020 SE Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, visit or call 877-994-3842.

The Georgia Cotton Commission has announced the guest speakers for the 12th GCC Annual Meeting at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center on Jan. 29. The annual meeting is held in conjunction with the UGA Cotton Production Workshop conducted by the UGA Research & Extension Cotton Team.

The speakers are National Cotton Council Vice Chairman Kent Fountain; Cotton Incorporated Director of Market Research Melissa Bastos, and Staplcotn President & CEO Hank Reichle.

There is no charge to attend. Pre-registration is requested to help with meal plans.  Register online at or call 229-386-3416.

The 44th Annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show on Jan. 16 features the UGA Peanut Production Seminars and the industry-sponsored Peanut Seed Seminar, as well as the annual awards ceremony and door prizes for farmers. The Georgia Peanut Commission will hold a blood drive through OneBlood during the show.

Jeffrey Dorfman, the state fiscal economist for Georgia and a professor at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), will serve as the keynote speaker for four of the five locations during the 2020 Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series set for Jan. 21 through Jan. 31.

The 2020 Georgia Ag Forecast registration fee is $25 per person and includes a meal. The series will be held as follows: Jan. 21 in Macon at Georgia Farm Bureau, Jan. 23 near Gainesville at Jaemor Farms, Jan. 28 in Lyons at the Toombs County Agri-Center, Jan. 30 in Bainbridge at the Decatur County Agricultural Center and Jan. 31 in Tifton at UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center

For more information on the 2020 Georgia Ag Forecast series and to register, visit

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