GEORGIA AGRICULTURAL CALENDAR
CROP INSURANCE FOR NURSERY GROWERS
DEADLINE TO PURCHASE: May 1, 2017
Georgia nursery growers have until May 1 to purchase crop insurance according to a Risk Management Agency (RMA) press release. Crop insurance provides protection against crop production losses due to natural perils like wind, hurricanes and freezing temperatures. More information on nursery crop insurance is available at this website. All applications are subject to a 30-day waiting period before coverage begins. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at the RMA agent locator website.
For more information about crop insurance visit www.rma.usda.gov.
GEORGIA CENTENNIAL FARM PROGRAM
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 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 May 1. Farm owners interested in applying for an award in 2017 can download an application at www.georgiacentennialfarms.org, or contact Allison Asbrock at 770-389-7868 or email@example.com.
MONROE COUNTY HERD SALE
May 6, 2017
Sleepy Creek Farm
Approximately 65 bred heifers will be available at this sale. Data on the heifers includes A.I. breeding and Sire EPDs, pelvic area, frame scores, disposition scores, weight per day of age and average daily gain.
YOUNG HARRIS / UGA BEEKEEPING INSTITUTE
May 10 - 13, 2017
Young Harris College
Young Harris, Georgia
This event, one of the most comprehensive beekeeping educational events in the Southeast, offers classes for beekeepers at all levels of experience and the annual honey show. Sessions provide training and certification, including individual and colony biology, hive equipment, off-season management and much more. Advanced beekeeper and honey judge program lectures & testing (open to registered participants only) to be held on May 10. Registration fees for ages 18 and older are $130 for May 11, $130 for May 12, $100 for May 13 and $300 for all three days. For ages 17 and under, fees are $100 for May 11, $65 for May 12, $50 for May 13 and $150 for all three days. Space is limited and classes generally fill up quickly.
For more information, visit this website.
GJCA FIELD DAY
May 13, 2017
This event, hosted by the Colquitt County and Mitchell County Cattlemen's Associations,will feature industry experts speaking on various topics, contests, and a meal and t-shirt for attendees.
2017 PICTURE AGRICULTURE IN GEORGIA PHOTO CONTEST
ENTRY DEADLINE: May 12, 2017
The Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee is asking GFB members to share their photos of farm life and rural Georgia in its 8th Annual Picture Agriculture in Georgia Photo Contest. This contest is open to all GFB members, including county and state staff, who receive no income from photography. The winner will be featured on the front of the 2018 GFB Young Farmer Calendar and the 11 honorable mentions will grace the inside. Even if your photo doesn’t make the calendar, it might be featured on a cover of a GFB magazine or brochure. The first-place prize is $150 and the 11 honorable mentions receive $75 each.
Visit your county Farm Bureau office for contest rules, entry instructions and the Model Release Form, or visit the GFB website at www.gfb.org/photo.
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.
GEORGIA COTTON WOMEN SCHOLARSHIPS
ENTRY DEADLINE: May 15, 2017
College students who will be entering freshmen or rising sophomores at a Georgia college for the 2017-2018 academic year and are the child or grandchild of a Georgia cotton producer or a cotton industry employee have until May 15 to apply for two scholarships coordinated by the Georgia Cotton Women Inc. (GCW). The John M. and Connie H. Mobley Memorial Scholarship is presented to the child or grandchild of an active Georgia cotton producer. The GCW Scholarship is presented annually to the child or grandchild of a Georgia cotton producer or a cotton industry employee who is also the child or grandchild of a GCW member. Each $1,500 scholarship is also payable one-third each quarter or one-half each semester. Applications are available at this website.
For more information, email Nancy Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 229-941-2930.
CATTLE BREEDS / GENETICS PRODUCTION MEETING
May 16, 2017
Southern Star, 752 E. Oak Street
This meeting will feature updates on numerous crop production issues including the management of diseases, insects and weeds. Advance registration is requested for meal planning. There's no cost for this meeting, but you do need to register before the event to reserve your meal.
Please contact Telfair County Extension Office at 229-868-6489 to register.
2017 LONGLEAF PINE FIELD DAY
May 16, 2017
West Lower Meigs Road
This free field day, coordinated by the Colquitt County Extension office, will cover planting, spacing, thinning of longleaf stands, ordering seedlings and other topics. Participation is limited to the first 45 who register. Lunch will be provided.
For more information or to register, contact the Colquitt County Extension Office at 478-982-4408
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.
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 email@example.com.
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