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GEORGIA AGRICULTURAL CALENDAR

 

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GFB FOUNDATION FOR AGRICULTURE GRANTS

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 30, 2017

 

County Farm Bureaus, 4-H Clubs and FFA Chapters have until June 30 to apply for grants of up to $500 the Georgia Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is offering to fund activities and projects that will improve students’ or consumers’ understanding of agriculture or offer leadership development for members of the ag community. The foundation is offering 10 grants to county Farm Bureaus in amounts up to $500. County Farm Bureaus should visit this website to apply.

 

Four grants of $500 each will be awarded to 4-H Clubs or FFA Chapters to support leadership development and ag literacy projects conducted by the student organizations. Visit this website¬†for the 4-H and FFA grant application.

 

Visit www.gfbfoundation.org/aitc_grants.html for examples of projects that qualify for the grants and for complete guidelines.Contact Katie Gazda, executive director of the foundation, with questions regarding the application or selection process at kngazda@gfb.org or 478-474-0679, ext. 5230.

 

 


 

 

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.

 

 


 

 

CROP INSURANCE FOR GEORGIA CABBAGE GROWERS

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 1, 2017

 

Current policyholders who wish to make changes to their existing coverage also have until the July 1 sales closing date to do so. Coverage for cabbage is available in Brooks, Colquitt, Tift, and Toombs counties. Crop insurance is a key component of the farm safety net as it provides protection against a loss in production due to natural perils, such as drought or excessive moisture. The RMA provides policies for more than 100 crops as well as organic price elections for 78 crops. Growers are encouraged to visit their crop insurance agent to learn specific details for the 2018 crop year. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at this website. Growers can use the RMA Cost Estimator to get a premium amount estimate of their insurance needs online.

 

For more information about the Risk Management Agency and crop insurance, visit www.rma.usda.gov.

 

 


 

 

SUNBELT EXPO FIELD DAY

 

July 13, 2017

Sunbelt Ag Expo / Spence Field

Moultrie, Georgia

 

World-renowned research by University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences scientists will be featured at this year’s Sunbelt Field Day in Moultrie. More than 600 acres of agricultural research conducted by various UGA commodity teams, as well as industry scientists, will be on display during the field day, which is set for July 13, at the Darrell Williams Research Farm, located at the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo site at Spence Field in Moultrie. The event is free and registration will begin at 7:15 a.m. Trams depart for the field tours at 8 a.m. and the event concludes at noon.

 

For more information visit sunbeltexpo.com/2017-field-day.

 

 


 

 

MIDVILLE FIELD DAY

 

August 9, 2017

Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center

Midville, Georgia

 

The Midville Field Day will showcase the agronomic row-crop research work for the year. Topics will include peanut fungicide trials, cotton variety trials, IPM work in peanuts and many more row crop related topics. The trials are conducted by extension specialists and area extension agents.

 

For more information visit this website.

 

 


 

 

SUNBELT EXPO FIELD DAY

 

August 13 - 16, 2017

UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center

Tifton, Georgia

 

The North American Fruit Exploeres and Northern Nut Growers Association will bring together experts in the field of nut and fruit cultivation for this conference. Learn the best cultivation techniques for traditional crops grown in the Southeastern U.S., and find out about new fruits and nuts that will grow well on your farm or in your backyard.

 

For more information visit www.nutgrowing.org.

 

 


 

 

2017 AGAWARE WORKSHOP

 

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.

 

 


 

 

COOPERATIVE EXTENSION WILDLIFE FIELD DAY

 

September 1, 2017

Pope Plantation (1357 Lundburg Rd.)

Washington, Georgia

 

Interested in wildlife management? Want to know how to properly implement wildlife management techniques on your property? Join UGA Cooperative Extension for a Wildlife Management field day at the Pope Plantation in Washington, Georgia. Program includes: Steps to Wildlife Management; Forest Management for Wildlife - Hardwood & Pine Systems; Food Plots: Knowing what to plant and the difference between attraction and supplementation; Controlling Wild Pigs in Georgia; and Wildlife Management in Agricultural Systems.

 

Cost is $10. Register by Friday, August 25, 2017. To register or for more information, call 706-678-2332 or come by the Wilkes County Extension Office at 23 E. Court Street in Washington.

 

 


 

 

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.

 

 


 

 

GEORGIA FARM TO SCHOOL SUMMIT

 

October 5 - 6, 2017

Helms College

Augusta, Georgia

 

The Farm to School Summit connects schools, early care centers, and local farms and distributors to serve and champion healthy, local meals in cafeterias, improve student nutrition, and increase farm and gardening educational opportunities. This year’s Summit welcomes farmers, teachers, early care educators and administrators, school nutrition staff, students, parents, and others interested in learning more about Georgia’s farm to school movement. Highlights include the opening keynote address from national farm to school leader Betti Wiggins of Detroit Public Schools, closing keynote address from Burke County School Nutrition Director and President-elect of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Donna Martin, workshops, educational sessions and networking.

 

For more information visit this website.

 

 


 

 

 

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.

 

 


 

 

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.

 

 


 

 

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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