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Georgia Agriculture Calendar

 

 

 

FSA COUNTY COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS

 

NOMINATION DEADLINE - August 1, 2014

 

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting nominations for its county committees through Aug. 1. Committee members are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA. They help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level. Farmers who serve on committees help decide the kind of programs their counties will offer. They work to make FSA agricultural programs serve the needs of local producers. Elections will take place in November and newly elected county committee members take office on Jan. 1, 2015.

 

Nomination forms may be requested from the local USDA Service Center or obtained online at this website.

 

 


 

 

ASA DuPONT YOUNG LEADER PROGRAM

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE - August 1, 2014

 

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and DuPont are seeking applicants for the 2015 ASA DuPont Young Leader Program. The ASA DuPont Young Leader program is a challenging and educational two-part training program. Phase I of the training will take place at the DuPont Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, Nov. 18-21. The program continues Feb. 24-28, 2015 in Phoenix, Ariz., with training held in conjunction with the 20th annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show. The ASA DuPont Young Leader program offers the opportunity for participants to strengthen their natural leadership skills, expand their agricultural knowledge and develop strong peer relationships with other soybean growers from across the country.

 

To apply visit this website. One couple or individual per state will be selected to participate.For Information, contact Christine Luelf at 314-754-1291 or cluelf@soy.org.

 

 


 

 

MASTER GOAT FARMER CERTIFICATION TRAINING

 

August 5, 2014

Camp Fulton Truitt

College Park, Georgia

 

This course will provide training for current goat producers and future goat producers on topics related to managing and producing meat type goats. Topics includes: Nutrition, Body Condition Scoring, Goat Selection, Breeds, Reproduction & Kidding, Hoof Trimming, Health & Diseases, Pasture Management, Basic Dairy Goat Management, Goat Handling Equipment, Fencing Displays, Parasitology, FAMACHA Training, Business & Marketing.  

 

For more information and to register, visit this website.

 

 


 

 

TURFGRASS RESEARCH FIELD DAY

 

August 6, 2014

UGA Griffin Campus

Griffin, Georgia

 

Whether you're a homeowner, new landscape company owner or a veteran golf course superintendent, you'll find the latest research-based information on growing and maintaining turfgrass at this event.UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences researchers and Extension specialists will present the latest information on how to care for residential lawns, commercial golf courses, athletic fields and any other space covered with turfgrass. The field day is certified for private and commercial pesticide recertification credits in Georgia and neighboring states. A license number is required to receive the field day credits. A catered BBQ ribs and chicken lunch will be followed by displays and demonstrations of the latest turfgrass industry equipment. A self-guided research tour begins at 1:15 p.m. Registration for the field day is $65 ($20 for students) and covers the day's program, a field day research guide and lunch.

 

To register or for more information, call 770-229-3477 or visit www.GeorgiaTurf.com.

 

 


 

 

FARM BILL ROUNDTABLE

 

August 8, 2014

Statesboro Agricultural Center

Statesboro, Georgia

 

Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden and Rep. John Barrow (D-12th District) will visit farms and lead discussions on the 2014 farm bill and disaster assistance. Harden is overseeing the implementation of the farm bill and delivering its new and modified programs to the nation’s farmers. Program begins at 9 am.

 

For more information contact Richard Carbo in Rep. Barrow’s office at richard.carbo@mail.house.gov.

 

 


 

 

FARM BILL ROUNDTABLE

 

August 8, 2014

McGrath Keen Conference Center

Dublin, Georgia

 

Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden and Rep. John Barrow (D-12th District) will visit farms and lead discussions on the 2014 farm bill and disaster assistance. Harden is overseeing the implementation of the farm bill and delivering its new and modified programs to the nation’s farmers. Program begins at 4 pm.

 

For more information contact Richard Carbo in Rep. Barrow’s office at richard.carbo@mail.house.gov.

 

 


 

 

FARM BILL ROUNDTABLE

 

August 8, 2014

Location TBD

Waynesboro, Georgia

 

Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden and Rep. John Barrow (D-12th District) will visit farms and lead discussions on the 2014 farm bill and disaster assistance. Harden is overseeing the implementation of the farm bill and delivering its new and modified programs to the nation’s farmers. Program begins at 1 pm.

 

For more information contact Richard Carbo in Rep. Barrow’s office at richard.carbo@mail.house.gov.

 

 


 

 

CAFO RULE INFORMATION SESSION

 

August 12, 2014

Georgia Farm Bureau Home Office

Macon, Georgia

 

This meeting, conducted by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, will cover information about Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) permits under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and Land Application Systems (LAS). Attendees will receive 1 free continuing education credit, and time for Q&A will follow each session. Meeting will run from 2pm - 3:30pm

 

For more information, send an email to cafo@agr.georgia.gov.

 

 


 

 

PESTICIDE SAFETY AND HANDLING TRAINING CLASS

 

August 12, 2014

Harris County Extension Office

Hamilton, Georgia

 

The Harris County Extension office in Hamilton will be hosting a Pesticide Use, Safety and Handling Training class for commercial pesticide license holders August 12, 2014 from 8:40am - 4:00pm. Earn five hours of Georgia Commercial Pesticide Credit to apply in 14 categories:
Categories 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, 32, 35, 36, 37, 38 or 41.

 

Cost: Pre-registration is $40.00 or $50 at the door (Space is limited so register early). Find registration info online at www.ugagriffincontinuinged.com and look under “Upcoming Events." You can also call (770) 229-3477 or email conteduc@uga.edu.

 

 


 

 

CAFO RULE INFORMATION SESSION

 

August 20, 2014

UGA Livestock Arena

Athens, Georgia

 

This meeting, conducted by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, will cover information about Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) permits under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and Land Application Systems (LAS). Attendees will receive 1 free continuing education credit, and time for Q&A will follow each session. Meeting will run from 10am - 11:30am.

 

For more information, send an email to cafo@agr.georgia.gov.

 

 


 

 

MOM’S DAY ON THE RANCH

 

August 20, 2014

Callaway Cattle Company

Hogansville, Georgia

 

This fun and informative event, funded by the National Beef Checkoff, is designed to give non-ag Georgia moms a chance for an up-close look at a modern beef cattle farm to see how beef gets from pasture to plate in a safe, sustainable and delicious way. If you know of a suburban mom looking to learn more about how farmers raise the food her family eats, this would be an ideal event for her.

 

Visit www.momsdayonthefarm.com to learn more.

 

 


 

 

ALTERNATIVE FOREST ENTERPRISES

 

August 20 - 21, 2014

Flinchum's Phoenix, 650 Phoenix Road

Athens, Georgia

 

The purpose of this course is to educate participants about several non-timber forest products including edible and shade tolerant plants which can be intentionally cultivated using specific management practices. Recent research has also shown that many cool‐ and warm‐season grasses and legumes yield high levels of quality forage when grown under as much as fifty percent shade. This knowledge is being used to design integrated timber/grazing practices in conifer stands as options for silvopasture practices. A combination of classroom presentations will provide participants the opportunity to develop new knowledge and basic skills associated with non-timber products management, forest farming and silvopasture techniques for Georgia. 

 

For more information and to register, visit this website.

 

 


 

 

CHATTOOGA COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR

 

August 21 - 25, 2014

34 Middle School Rd.

Summerville, Georgia

 

This 4 Day Event (August 21-24) will be packed with entertainment, livestock exhibits, blue ribbon entries, educational exhibits, games, food, and fun for all ages.

 

For a full view of the events and information, visit www.chattoogafair.com.

 

 


 

 

NORTHWEST GEORGIA MASTER CATTLEMEN’S PROGRAM

 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE - August 25, 2014

 

This eight-week course will meet on Mondays, from Sept. 8 - Oct. 27, from 6:30 pm. to 8:30 p.m. Each week’s class focuses on a single aspect of beef cattle production, including nutrition, forages, reproduction, herd health, economics and marketing, Beef Quality Assurance, the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, livestock facilities sire selection and record keeping. Participants who attend six of the eight classes will receive a certificate of completion and a UGA Master Cattlemen’s cap. Registration is $60 per person and includes a dinner on the final night.

 

For more information contact Jason Duggin at 706-624-1403 or jduggin@uga.edu, or Paula Burke at 770-836-8546 or pjburke@uga.edu.

 

 


 

 

CAFO RULE INFORMATION SESSION

 

August 28, 2014

UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center

Tifton, Georgia

 

This meeting, conducted by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, will cover information about Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) permits under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and Land Application Systems (LAS). Attendees will receive 1 free continuing education credit, and time for Q&A will follow each session. Meeting will run from 10:30am - 12 noon.

 

For more information, send an email to cafo@agr.georgia.gov.

 

 


 

 

AFBF COUNTY ACTIVITIES OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE - September 5, 2014

 

Applications are available for county Farm Bureaus to enter the 2015 County Activities of Excellence Awards program. The CAE showcases up to 24 of the top county Farm Bureau programs in the nation. Counties will display their winning activities at the AFBF Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show, Jan. 9-11, 2015, in San Diego, Calif. In addition, county Farm Bureaus will also receive up to four free registrations to the convection (housing not included) and a $2,250 stipend to apply toward the cost of travel and exhibition. With a focus on Farm Bureau’s priority issues, the CAE program groups county activities into the following areas: Education and Ag Promotion, Member Services, Public Relations and Information, Leadership Development and Policy Implementation.

 

Learn more online at www.fb.org/index.php?action=events.cae.

 

 


 

 

GEORGIA GROWN FARMERS SHOWCASE

 

September 6, 2014

Moultrie Farmers Market

Moultrie, Georgia

 

This family-friendly event, which runs from 8am - 4:30pm, features numerous vendors from around the state, with a wide variety of products from Georgia farms.  

 

For more information about the Georgia Grown program, visit www.georgiagrown.com.

 

 


 

 

GRAZING BEHAVIOR SEMINAR

 

September 8, 2014

UGA Livestock Instructional Arena

Athens, Georgia

 

This seminar, led by Utah State Professor Emeritus Dr. Fred Provenza, will address eating habits of grazing animals, whether they can be trained to consume specific forage species and much more. Registration is $10. For more information or to register, contact Cathy Felton at 706-310-3464 or feltonc@uga.edu, or Dr. Dennis Hancock at dhancock@uga.edu.

 

 


 

 

CONSERVATION EASEMENTS FOR FOREST LANDOWNERS AND ADVISERS

 

September 9 - 10, 2014

Rome - Floyd County ECO River Education Center

Rome, Georgia

 

The purpose of this course is to provide a working knowledge of conservation easements as a land-use control. It provides guidance on drafting conservation easement agreements to achieve landowner goals for their property. Land Trusts discuss their philosophy of land use protection and what they can offer landowners. This course offers a comprehensive overview of legal, appraisal, base line information, tax incentives, and other inputs needed for a successful conservation easement agreement.

 

For more information and to register, visit this website.

 

 


 

 

PRESCRIBED BURN MANAGER CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

 

September 9 - 10, 2014

UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center

Tifton, Georgia

 

Sponsored by the Georgia Forestry Commission this class is designed for prescribed burning managers. Certification includes self study of material provided by mail prior to the program, followed by a two-day training session and written test. Cost is $85 for those who register by August 25; after that date cost is $125. Registration fee includes class and breakfast & lunch each day.

 

For more information and to register, visit this website.

 

 


 

 

GRAZING BEHAVIOR SEMINAR

 

September 11, 2014

Tift County Extension Office

Tifton, Georgia

 

This seminar, led by Utah State Professor Emeritus Dr. Fred Provenza, will address eating habits of grazing animals, whether they can be trained to consume specific forage species and much more. Registration is $10. For more information or to register, contact Cathy Felton at 706-310-3464 or feltonc@uga.edu, or Dr. Dennis Hancock at dhancock@uga.edu.

 

 


 

 

GRAZING BEHAVIOR SEMINAR

 

September 12, 2014

Location T.B.D.

Carrollton, Georgia

 

This seminar, led by Utah State Professor Emeritus Dr. Fred Provenza, will address eating habits of grazing animals, whether they can be trained to consume specific forage species and much more. Registration is $10. For more information or to register, contact Cathy Felton at 706-310-3464 or feltonc@uga.edu, or Dr. Dennis Hancock at dhancock@uga.edu.

 

 


 

 

GEORGIA AGRIBUSINESS COUNCIL HARVEST CELEBRATION

 

November 21, 2014

Cobb Galleria Center

Atlanta, Georgia

 

Early bird tickets are available at discounted prices until July 1. Early bird ticket purchasers will be entered into a drawing for one of 12 great prizes including a one night stay on November 21 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel; one of three Field of Dreams ticket books; or one of eight autographed CDs. For more information about Harvest Celebration, visit this address or contact GAC’s Christy Page at cpage@ga-agribusiness.org or 800-726-2474.

 

 


 

 


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