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GEORGIA AGRICULTURAL CALENDAR

 

 

 

GEORGIA MILK PRODUCERS DISTRICT MEETING

 

September 18, 2014

Western Sizzlin'

Dalton, Georgia

 

Georgia Milk Producers and the American Dairy Association of Georgia will hold elections, report on industry issues and promotional efforts and announce upcoming events. Dinner will be served at this meeting, which begins at 7pm.

 

To pre-register for this district meeting, please contact SUDIA at 800-343-4693.

 

 


 

 

IPM VEGETABLE TROUBLESHOOTING WORKSHOP

 

September 19, 2014

UGA Griffin Student Learning Center

Griffin, Georgia

 

This program will cover integrated pest management ideas for identifying and controlling problems encountered in small commercial vegetable gardens, including diseases, insects and cultural issues. Five hours of commercial pesticide credit in Category 21 and one hour of private pesticide credit will be offered. Cost is $20, which covers lunch, refreshments and workshop supplies. Preregistration is required.

 

To register online visit this website. For more information contact Beth Horne at 770-228-7214 or bhorne@uga.edu.

 

 


 

 

GEORGIA MILK PRODUCERS DISTRICT MEETING

 

September 19, 2014

Ryan's

Commerce, Georgia

 

Georgia Milk Producers and the American Dairy Association of Georgia will hold elections, report on industry issues and promotional efforts and announce upcoming events. Lunch will be served at this meeting, which begins at 12 noon.

 

To pre-register for this district meeting, please contact SUDIA at 800-343-4693.

 

 


 

 

GFB POLICY DEVELOPMENT SUBMISSIONS

 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE - September 19, 2014

 

Georgia Farm Bureau is accepting recommendations for changes to its policy as part of its annual policy development process. Through this process, GFB members determine what stance the organization will take on issues related to agriculture. GFB is asking its county Farm Bureaus to consider issues of importance to their members and develop resolutions to address their concerns. The GFB Policy Development Committee will meet twice this fall to review resolutions submitted. Final approval of changes to GFB policy will be made in December during the 2014 GFB Convention on Jekyll Island. Policy resolutions should be submitted to the GFB Legislative Department.

 

For more information, contact the Legislative Department at 478-474-0679.

 

 


 

 

CURT PATE STOCKMANSHIP & STEWARDSHIP SEMINAR

 

September 23, 2014

Calhoun Stockyard

Calhoun, Georgia

 

All cattle producers and anyone who handles or processes cattle are invited to attend this free seminar conducted by renowned stockman and Montana rancher Curt Pate. The seminar will cover topics including gathering cattle from pasture, working cattle in corrals and alleys, sorting and processing techniques, strategies for receiving cattle, low-stress loading procedures and proper use of equipment to assure low-stress handling. Sponsors include Georgia Farm Bureau, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, Floyd County Cattlemen’s and Tri-State Cattlemen’s Associations. Attendance counts towards Beef Quality Assurance recertification or certification.

 

For more information contact Jason Duggin at 706-728-4354.

 

 


 

 

SMALL AND BEGINNING VEGETABLE FARMERS WORKSHOP

 

September 23, 2014

Oglethorpe County Extension Office

Crawford, Georgia

 

This workshop is designed to help small and beginning vegetable farmers understand how to get started in the business. Topics will include equipment, irrigation, licenses, organic production and marketing.  $10.00 registration fee covers lunch.  Deadline to register is September 19.

 

For more information or to register, contact Jeff Aaron at 706-743-8341 or jdaaron@uga.edu.

 

 


 

 

2014 TRI-STATE PEANUT DISEASE TOUR

 

September 23 - 25, 2014

Various Locations in Georgia, Florida and Alabama

 

The tour begins on Sept. 23 with a tour of the plots at the University of Florida’s Citra Research Center. Sept. 24 stops are on the UGA Tifton Campus, including the Lang-Rigdon Farm and the Black Shank Farm. Sept. 25 stops are at Auburn University’s Wiregrass Experiment Station in Headland, Ala.

 

Contact Albert Culbreath at 229-326-7683 or spotwilt@uga.edu for more information.

 

 


 

 

GEORGIA OLIVE GROWERS ANNUAL CONFERENCE

 

September 25, 2014

The Threatte Center

Lakeland, Georgia

 

This will be an opportunity to share a wide range of information with growers, potential new growers, researchers and developers, support industries and governmental agencies working in the expansion of the olive oil industry and Georgia and Southeastern US.  There will be a demonstration of the New Commercial Olive Mill and Machine (OXBO) Harvesting at Georgia Olive Farms. 

 

For more information or to register visit this website.

 

 


 

 

18th ANNUAL PLAINS PEANUT FESTIVAL

 

September 27, 2014

Downtown

Plains, Georgia

 

Festival is highlighted with former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalyn Carter.  One-mile fun-run and a 5-K road race starts at 8 a.m.  President Carter and Tyron Spearman, executive director of the National Peanut Buying Points Association (NPBPA), will be masters of ceremony for the parade beginning at 11 a.m.  Visit the peanut pavilion to see national sponsors and get NPBPA’s hot, grilled PB&J's. To enter parade call 229-824-7477.

 


 

 

DAWSON COUNTY FFA ANTIQUE TRACTOR AND ENGINE SHOW

 

September 27, 2014

Tractor Supply Company

Dawsonville, Georgia

 

Antique tractor enthusiasts are invited to bring their tractors for this free show. Tractors may begin to arrive at 8:00 am and all should be in place by 9:30 am.  All makes and models of tractors are welcome! Anyone interested in participating may contact Tammy Wood Dawson County Farm Bureau (706-265-3350) or Josh Daniel at  Dawson County High School (706 426-1303).  No pre-registration is required. The Dawson County FFA will be selling concessions and taking donations to raise funds to send FFA students to the National FFA Convention in October. The Dawsonville Tractor Supply Company is located at 6921 Hwy. 53 E, Dawsonville, GA 30534.

 

 


 

 

FSA OFFERING DIRECT FARM OWNERSHIP LOANS

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE - September 30, 2014

 

Georgia farmers and ranchers still may apply for low interest 2014 loans available through FSA’s direct farm ownership program. Eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct new farm buildings or improve structures, pay closing costs, or promote soil and water conservation and protection. The interest rate on select loans can be as low as 1.5 percent with up to 40 years to repay.

 

For more information about the program and other loans administered by FSA, visit any FSA county office or www.fsa.usda.gov.

 

 


 

 

GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR

 

October 2 - 12, 2014

Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter

Perry, Georgia

 

The award-winning Georgia National Fair features livestock and horse shows, youth exhibits, home and fine arts competitions, family entertainment and Midway rides and games. Major concerts include Jennifer Nettles and Lady Antebellum.

 

For more information, visit georgianationalfair.com.

 

 


 

 

SUNBELT AG EXPO

 

October 14 - 16, 2014

Spence Field

Moultrie, Georgia

 

Sunbelt Expo is North America's Premier Farm Show, attracting more than 100,000 visitors from across the country. The annual event has more than 1,200 exhibitors showcasing the latest in farming technology, alongside a 600-acre working research farm. Each year, Sunbelt Expo spotlights a different Southeastern state... and Georgia is the spotlight state for 2014. Tickets are $10 per person per day. Children under 10 are admitted free with parent. Multi-day tickets are $20.

 

For more information, visit sunbeltexpo.com.

 

 


 

 

EPA ACCEPTING COMMENTS ON WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE

 

COMMENT DEADLINE - October 20, 2014

 

The comment period for the “Waters of the United States” rule proposed by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ends on Oct. 20. Farm Bureau is urging its members to submit comments calling for the rule to be withdrawn.

 

For more information about the proposed rule and to submit comments, visit www.gfb.org/ditchtherule.

 

 


 

 

GFB HAY CONTEST / HAY DIRECTORY ENTRIES

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE - October 31, 2014

 

Georgia Farm Bureau will again this year conduct the annual Bermuda grass Hay Contest and publish the GFB Quality Hay Directoryfor buyers and sellers of Georgia grown hay. The contest is designed to encourage farmers to produce better quality hay and the publication continues to be an important marketing tool for our producers and an excellent resource for consumers of quality hay. Checks for both should be made payable to Georgia Farm Bureau and mailed to the Georgia Farm Bureau Commodities/Marketing Department. The cost for the contest is $15.00 per sample. Anyone entering the contest can receive a free listing in the hay directory. The directory will be distributed statewide. The cost for listing in the hay directory alone is $10. The deadline to submit entries for the contest and the directory is Oct. 31.

 

For more information, please contact the GFB Commodities Department at 800-342-1196.

 

 


 

 

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.

 

 


 

 

AG SAFETY GROUP OFFERING GRANTS

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE - January 7, 2015

 

Grants of up to $10,000 are being offered by a national coalition of agribusinesses, producer organizations and safety professionals in order to foster new champions of agricultural safety and health. The Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA) has announced an application deadline of January 7, 2015. Information regarding eligibility, priorities, application instructions and frequently asked questions is available at www.ashca.org. The purpose of the ASHCA Safety Grants Program is to provide financial support to promote evidence-based safety/health strategies addressing farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers.

 

 


 

 


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