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GEORGIA AGRICULTURAL CALENDAR

 

 

 

GEORGIA PORK PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING

 

February 21, 2017

Georgia Farm Bureau Building

Macon, Georgia

 

The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2018 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place at  this meeting in conjunction with a Board of Directors meeting of Georgia Pork Producers. All Georgia pork producers are invited to attend. Any producer, age 18 or older, who is a resident of the state and has paid all assessments due may be considered as a delegate candidate and/or participate in the election. All eligible producers are encouraged to bring with them a sales receipt proving that hogs were sold in their name and the checkoff deducted.

 

For more information, contact Georgia Pork Producers Association, P.O. Box 1566, Bainbridge, Ga., ar call 229-246-8297.

 

 


 

 

2017 GEORGIA / FLORIDA SOYBEAN & SMALL GRAIN EXPO

 

February 21, 2017

Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter

Perry, Georgia

 

The Soybean/Small Grain Expo provides up-to-date market projections and information on the newest production techniques, as well as the latest research from Extension Specialists from the UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES). 2017 Expo topics include: Ultra late soybean production; smart irrigation; world outlook for commodities; 2018 farm bill preview; fusarium head blight control in wheat and an update from CAES Dean Dr. Sam Pardue.

 

To register or for more information, please contact the Georgia/Florida Soybean Association at 706-542-3793.

 

 


 

 

2017 FVSU FARM, HOME AND MINISTERS CONFERENCE

 

February 21, 2017

C.W. Pettigrew Center, Fort Valley State University

Fort Valley, Georgia

 

This annual conference features free workshops about farming, health, wellness and technology. Breakout session topics include: Aeroponics/vegetable production; solar panel drone systems; diversified farming; credit repair/creditworthiness; making of FVSU goat products; gardening, food and nutrition; a 2017 ag outlook; egg candling and more.

 

For more information about the 2017 FHM conference, contact Terralon Chaney at 478-945-3391 or chaneyt01@fvsu.edu or Charlie Grace at 478-235-7091 or gracec@fvsu.edu.

 

 


 

 

FARM LABOR SEMINAR

 

February 23, 2017

Decatur County Ag Center

Baonbridge, Georgia

 

This free seminar features presentations from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and the Georgia Department of Labor covering requirements under the Migrant and Season Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA) and the H-2A program.

 

For more information, contact Rachel Mast at mast.rachel@dol.gov or 678-237-0540.

 

 


 

 

AGRICULTURAL EQUIPMENT TRANSPORTATION & SAFETY SEMINAR

 

February 23, 2017

Jaemor Farms Barn

Alto, Georgia

 

The Hall County Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee is hosting this seminar to educate farmers about safety precautions they should follow to prevent accidents involving farm equipment and farm chemicals. Harris Blackwood, director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and Michael Wheeler, Hall County UGA Extension coordinator, will be the guest speakers. They will discuss updated laws, rules & regulations for highway and off-road ag equipment; Commercial Drivers License (CDL)  requirements pertaining to ag; how to properly tag and light ag equipment driven on highways; weight limits and pesticide handling and safety precautions. Attendees can earn 1 hour credit towards their pesticide license. All farmers in the GFB 2nd District are invited to attend this seminar. A free dinner will be provided.

 

Anyone who wishes to attend should RSVP by Feb. 17 to Justine Palmer at 770-536-3461 or via email to jmpalmer@gfb.org. Door prizes and a drawing for an ARCTIK cooler will be held. Jaemor Farms is located at 5340 Cornelia HWY. Alto, Ga. 30510. The barn is the second building on the right once you pull into the driveway.

 

 


 

 

AG AWARE WORKSHOP

 

February 24, 2017

AgGeorgia Farm Credit Headquarters

Perry, Georgia

 

AgSouth Farm Credit and AgGeorgia Farm Credit are hosting a series of informative workshops 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.

 

 


 

 

GEORGIA AGRITOURISM ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE

 

February 27 - 28, 2017

UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center

Tifton, Georgia

 

The Georgia Agritourism Association opens its annual meeting with a tour of South Georgia farms on Feb. 27. Stops include Georgia Farm Bureau Certified Farm Markets Southern Grace Farms near Tifton and Rutland Farms in Tifton. On Feb. 28, educational session topics include connecting with customers, diversifying through ecommerce, agritourism liability, sales taxes and more.

 

For more information or to register, visit this website.

 

 


 

 

SMALL VEGETABLE FARM WORKSHOP

 

February 28, 2017

Stuckey Center, UGA Griffin Campus

Griffin, Georgia

 

This program is for individuals working with small market vegetable farming and will benefit seasoned farmers as well as those interested in getting started. Topics of discussion include interpreting soil samples, soil health, troubleshooting vegetable problems, increasing pollinators for better production, integrated pest management and more. Cost is $20 per person, which covers instructional materials, lunch and refreshments.  To register online, visit this website.

 

For more information, contact Beth Horne at 770-228-7214 or by e-mail bhorne@uga.edu.

 

 


 

 

FERAL HOG TRAP COST-SHARE ASSISTANCE

 

SURVEY & BID DEADLINE: February 28, 2017

 

The Georgia Water Planning & Policy Center at Albany State University is leading a USDA-funded program offering cost-share assistance on feral hog traps. Farmers in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina are eligible to participate. After completing a 15-20 minute review of material online, farmers are given the opportunity to “bid” on a state-of-the-art feral hog trap complete with remote monitoring and activation. Farmers completing the material review will receive a $50 Visa gift card, regardless of whether they submit a bid. This cost-share opportunity is available until February 28.

 

For more information, and to obtain a participant code, go to www.signup.agvise.us or call 229-430-2900.

 

 


 

 

AUXIN HERBICIDE CLASSROOM TRAINING

 

March 7, 2017

Olin Tatum Ag Building

Cartersville, Georgia

 

Cotton and soybean varieties with tolerance to auxin herbicides (2,4-D or dicamba) are being commercialized. Prior to making applications of dicamba to dicamba-tolerant cotton/soybean or 2,4-D to 2,4-D-tolerant cotton/soybeans in Georgia, growers will be required to attend the training “Using Pesticides Wisely”. The training will focus on helping applicators/growers make wise decisions when applying not only 2,4-D and dicamba but all pesticides. Growers are strongly encouraged to bring their applicators with them. Attendance is suggested for all on-farm applicators to confirm that they have been provided the best management practices when applying all pesticides. Growers who attended 2015 or 2016 trainings, as long as they registered, are not required to attend the meeting again. However, they are welcome to attend as many times as they like.

 

For more information, please contact your local county extension office. To RSVP for this meeting, please call 770-387-5142.

 

 


 

 

AUXIN HERBICIDE CLASSROOM TRAINING

 

March 14, 2017

Elbert County Extension

Elberton, Georgia

 

Cotton and soybean varieties with tolerance to auxin herbicides (2,4-D or dicamba) are being commercialized. Prior to making applications of dicamba to dicamba-tolerant cotton/soybean or 2,4-D to 2,4-D-tolerant cotton/soybeans in Georgia, growers will be required to attend the training “Using Pesticides Wisely”. The training will focus on helping applicators/growers make wise decisions when applying not only 2,4-D and dicamba but all pesticides. Growers are strongly encouraged to bring their applicators with them. Attendance is suggested for all on-farm applicators to confirm that they have been provided the best management practices when applying all pesticides. Growers who attended 2015 or 2016 trainings, as long as they registered, are not required to attend the meeting again. However, they are welcome to attend as many times as they like.

 

For more information, please contact your local county extension office. To RSVP for this meeting, please call 706-283-2037.

 

 


 

 

AG AWARE WORKSHOP

 

March 17, 2017

Greene County Farm Bureau

Greensboro, Georgia

 

AgSouth Farm Credit and AgGeorgia Farm Credit are hosting a series of informative workshops 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.

 

 


 

 

2017 PEANUT PROUD FESTIVAL

 

March 25, 2017

Downtown Area

Blakely, Georgia

 

This annual event features free concerts all day, the Peanut Proud Parade, arts & crafts, a 5K road race, kids’ peanut obstacle course, a street dance and much more.

 

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/peanutproudfestival. Festivities begin at 9 a.m.

 

 


 

 

USDA VALUE ADDED GRANT WORKSHOP

 

April 10, 2017

Georgia Farm Bureau Building

Macon, Georgia

 

This free workshop is presented by USDA Rural Development, The University of Georgia’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, and The Center for Innovation Agribusiness. Thanks to our partners at Georgia Farm Bureau. The VAPG program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio- based, value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the goals of this program. Independent producers, farmer or rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups, and producer-owned business ventures, including non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. The workshop will cover tips from successful grant writers, feasibility studies and services provided by the Center for Innovation Agribusiness. While there is no cost to attend, pre-registration by April 5 is required to guarantee lunch.

 

To register visit this website.

 

 


 

 

 

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