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GEORGIA AGRICULTURAL CALENDAR

 

 

 

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.

 

 


 

 

GEORGIA EXPORTS CONFERENCE

 

October 6, 2014

The Georgia Resource Center

Atlanta, Georgia

 

The UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, along with the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Small Business Development Center will host this free symposium designed for agribusiness companies in sectors such as machinery, commodities and value-added foods. The conference will provide a one-shop stop to learn about export basics. Attendees will hear from national industry experts on topics ranging from how to start or expand export programs and how to finance and protect international transactions to how to receive 50 percent reimbursement on international marketing expenses. Representatives will be on hand from the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Southern U.S. Trade Association, U.S. Export Assistance Center, Export Import Bank, Small Business Development Center-International Trade Center and Small Business Administration.

 

For more information, visit this website or contact Holly Skorich, international trade manager with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, at (404) 962-4841 or HSkorich@georgia.org.

 

 


 

 

GEORGIA EXPORTS CONFERENCE

 

October 8, 2014

UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center

Tifton, Georgia

 

The UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, along with the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Small Business Development Center will host this free symposium designed for agribusiness companies in sectors such as machinery, commodities and value-added foods. The conference will provide a one-shop stop to learn about export basics. Attendees will hear from national industry experts on topics ranging from how to start or expand export programs and how to finance and protect international transactions to how to receive 50 percent reimbursement on international marketing expenses. Representatives will be on hand from the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Southern U.S. Trade Association, U.S. Export Assistance Center, Export Import Bank, Small Business Development Center-International Trade Center and Small Business Administration.

 

For more information, visit this website or contact Holly Skorich, international trade manager with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, at (404) 962-4841 or HSkorich@georgia.org.

 

 


 

 

BACKYARD ORCHARD WORKSHOP

 

October 8, 2014

UGA Griffin Campus

Griffin, Georgia

 

Hosted by the UGA Horticulture Department, the class will cover the basic steps of starting an orchard. Topics will also include how to select small and large fruit varieties as well as planting and maintaining the orchard.

UGA faculty will also discuss how to troubleshoot for insect and disease problems in the orchard. UGA Extension horticulturist Bob Westerfield and UGA Extension fruit specialist Erick Smith will teach the class, which will meet in room 104 of the UGA Griffin Campus’ Student Learning Center. One pesticide recertification credit in either category 21 or 24 can be earned for attending this workshop.

 

The cost of the workshop is $20, and includes instruction, workshop materials and refreshments. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, Oct. 1. Register online at tinyurl.com/fruitworkshop. For more information, call Beth Horne at (770) 228-7214 or email her at bhorne@uga.edu.

 

 


 

 

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.

 

 


 

 

NORTH GEORGIA FOREST LANDOWNER FIELD DAY

 

October 17, 2014

Arrowhead Lodge

Elberton, Georgia

 

This field day features speakers from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia Forestry Commission, the U.S. Forest Service and the NRCS.  Sessions will cover wildlife management, selling timber, wildfire mitigation planning, cost sharing and the farm bill, and forest health. Cost is $5 per person.

 

For more information, contact Chestatee-Chattahoochee RC&D Executive Director Frank Riley at 706-897-1676 or frank.ccrcd@gmail.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.

 

 


 

 

68th ANNUAL SOUTHWEST GEORGIA REGIONAL FAIR

 

November 4 - 9, 2014

Exchange Club Fairgrounds

Albany, Georgia

 

Food, contests, livestock shows, rides, and club & school exhibits are just a few of the things you will find at the 68th Annual Southwest Georgia Regional Fair.  For more information, visit exchangeclubfair.org.

 

 


 

 

CENTRAL GEORGIA FARMERS LUNCH AND LEARN

 

November 19, 2014

Bleckley County Extension Office

Cochran, Georgia

 

This free event will feature discussions of issues affecting farmers. Speakers include Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, Fort Valley State Vice President for Land Grant Affairs Dr. Mark Latimore, Sen. Ross Tolleson, James Mitchel of Chaney Bush Irrigation and Cartrell Watts of Georgia Power.

 

RSVP by Nov. 12 to Rhonda Fulford at rbfulfor@southernco.com or 800-891-0958.

 

 


 

 

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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