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GEORGIA CATTLEWOMEN’S ASSOCIATION REGION II MEETING

 

April 25 - 27, 2014

Forrest Hills Mountain Resort & Conference Center

Dahlonega, Georgia

 

The Georgia Cattlewomen's Association invites you to three days of fun, fellowship and educational opportunities! There will be social media training, leadership development, ANCW business and updates, as well as lots of fun like a Winery/Farm Tour and trail walking.

 

The registration form can be found at this address. For more information contact Melissa Miller at millerm@uga.edu or 813-928-2437.

 

 


 

 

ATHENS AREA MASTER GARDENER SPRING PLANT SALE

 

April 26, 2014

Athens-Clarke County Extension Office

Athens, Georgia

 

The Athens Area Master Gardener Association is holding its annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, April 26th from 8:00am until 1:00pm at the Athens-Clarke County Extension office. The sale will feature hand-crafted yard art, herbs, vegetable plants, annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, ferns, ground covers and seedlings. All plants are grown by local Master Gardeners! Proceeds will go toward scholarships for UGA Horticulture students.

 

For more information, please contact the Athens-Clarke County Extension office at 706-613-3640.

 

 


 

 

NEWTON COUNTY AG DAY ON THE SQUARE

 

April 26, 2014

Downtown Covington

Covington, Georgia

 

This event, sponsored by the Newton County Farm Bureau Young Farmers, features a modern and antique tractor show. Peddle tractors for the kids, arts and crafts, live music, food, face painting and a cow train. A drawing will be held for a Yeti cooler, and those who register tractors for the tractor show receive a free raffle ticket.

 

For more information contact Crystal Powell at 770-786-7201.

 

 


 

 

BEYOND THE FARMGATE SOCIAL MEDIA SEMINAR

 

April 28, 2014

NW Ga. Trade & Convention Center

Dalton, Georgia

 

This free workshop, funded through a USDA Beginning Farmer & Rancher Grant, will help farmers gain the skills they need to establish and maintain an effective online presence to meet their online marketing needs. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited so register soon!

 

Visit www.beyondthefarmgate.org to register. Contact Chris Morgan at 706-542-7102 or acm@uga.edu for more information.

 

 


 

 

GEORGIA FORESTRY FOUNDATION ARTWORK AND SLOGAN CONTESTS

 

ENTRY DEADLINE - April 30, 2014

 

Georgia students in grades 5 through 12 are invited to participate in a contest to express the value of Georgia’s sustainable working forests through submission of a creative artwork and slogan. There are two levels of competition: fifth through eighth and ninth through 12th grades, with one winner from each level. Each winning entry will be awarded a prize valued up to $35,000, which includes a $15,000 cash award to the school, $2,500 cash award and forestry camp scholarship to the student, Project Learning Tree environmental professional development for up to 20 teachers and an invitation to attend the Georgia Teacher Conservation Workshop for two teachers from the winning schools, a field trip for students in the grade level of each winning student, and materials featuring the winning artwork and slogan.

 

For more information on the contest including submission guidelines, entry form, terms and conditions and other resources for schools visit www.forestry4rfuture.org or call 478-992-8110.

 

 


 

 

GEORGIA CENTENNIAL FARM PROGRAM NOMINATIONS

 

NOMINATION DEADLINE - May 1, 2014

 

The Georgia Centennial Farm Program, which recognizes historic farms and encourages their preservation, is accepting nominations. To qualify, farms must: be a working farm with a minimum of 10 acres actively involved in ag production, generate at least $1,000 in annual farm income and include 10 acres of the original farm purchase. Farms must have been continuously farmed for at least 100 years. The Centennial Farm Program has recognized 451 Georgia farms since 1993.

 

Visit www.georgiacentennialfarms.org to download an application or contact Charlie Miller, Centennial Farm Awards Committee chairman at 404-651-5287 or by email at Charlie.miller@dnr.state.ga.usApplications must be postmarked by May 1. Selected farms will be honored during the Georgia National Fair in October.

 

 


 

 

"FARMLAND" PUBLIC SCREENING

 

May 1, 2014 - 7 p.m.

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

Atlanta, Georgia

 

Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James Moll’s new feature length documentary, Farmland, offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of six young farmers and ranchers across the U.S. during much of 2013. Georgia Farm Bureau member Leighton Cooley and his family are among the featured farmers. The Cooleys raise cattle, poultry and hay on their Crawford County farm. Visit www.farmlandfilm.com for additional information about the film and to watch the trailer.

 

For more information about the Atlanta showing visit www.landmarktheatres.com or call 404-879-0160.

 

 


 

 

NORTHEAST GEORGIA BACKYARD POULTRY WORKSHOP

 

May 1, 2014

Comer Travel Museum

Comer, Georgia

 

The UGA Cooperative Extension Service is offering this workshop, which covers breed selection, housing and nutrition as well as egg sales and prevention of disease and parasites. Cost is $10 per person, including dinner and class materials.

 

For more information visit this address, or contact the Madison County Extension office at 706-695-2281 or aspeir@uga.edu.

 

 


 

 

"FARMLAND" PUBLIC SCREENINGS

 

May 2 - 3, 2014 - 7 p.m.

Douglass Theatre

Macon, Georgia

 

Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James Moll’s new feature length documentary, Farmland, offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of six young farmers and ranchers across the U.S. during much of 2013. Georgia Farm Bureau member Leighton Cooley and his family are among the featured farmers. The Cooleys raise cattle, poultry and hay on their Crawford County farm. Visit www.farmlandfilm.com for additional information about the film and to watch the trailer.

 

Tickets for the Macon showings are $7 and may be purchased in advance by phone at 478-742-2000 or online at www.douglasstheatre.org.

 

 


 

 

MONROE COUNTY HERD SALE

 

May 3, 2014

Sleepy Creek Farm

Forsyth, Georgia

 

This sale will feature 85 bred heifers. Data available on the heifers includes A.I. breeding and sire EPD’s, pelvic area, frame score, disposition score, weight per day of age and average daily gain. All heifers will sell confirmed safe in calf to calving ease Angus bulls.  For more information contact the Monroe County Extension office by phone at (478) 994-7014 or by email at uge2207@uga.edu.  

 

Information about the sale may also be found online at www.ugaextension.com/monroe.

 

 


 

 

BEYOND THE FARMGATE SOCIAL MEDIA SEMINAR

 

May 5, 2014

UGA CAES Four Towers Building

Athens, Georgia

 

This free workshop, funded through a USDA Beginning Farmer & Rancher Grant, will help farmers gain the skills they need to establish and maintain an effective online presence to meet their online marketing needs. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited so register soon!

 

Visit www.beyondthefarmgate.org to register. Contact Chris Morgan at 706-542-7102 or acm@uga.edu for more information.

 

 


 

 

GEORGIA FARM BUREAU PHOTO CONTEST

 

ENTRY DEADLINE - May 6, 2014

 

Georgia Farm Bureau is accepting entries for our 5th Annual Picture Agriculture in Georgia Contest, open to any GFB member who receives no income from photography. Cash awards will be presented in two categories – Farm Bureau Members and Farm Bureau Employees. Prizes for the member category are: 1st Place - $150; 11 Honorable Mentions - $75 each. The winner of the member category will be featured on the front of the 2015 GFB Young Farmer Calendar. Prizes for the employee category are: 1st Place- $100; 2nd Place- $75; 3rd Place- $50. The deadline for entry is 4:30 p.m. on May 6.

 

For more information, contest rules, entry instructions and the Model Release Form, click here or visit your county Farm Bureau office.

 

 


 

 

IMPOUND HORSE AUCTION

 

May 10, 2014

Mansfield Impound Barn

Mansfield, Georgia

 

The horses may be inspected at the facility beginning at 10:00 a.m., and the sale will start at approximately 11:00 a.m. A list with brief descriptions of the horses is available on the department’s website. Further information about the department’s impound program and auction process is available there as well. If you have any questions, contact the department’s Equine Health Office at 404-656-3713. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

The auction is pursuant to Section 4-13-7 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (Humane Care for Equines Act).

 

 


 

 

2013 YOUNG HARRIS / UGA BEEKEEPING INSTITUTE

 

May 15 - 17, 2014

Young Harris College

Young Harris, Georgia

 

This event, one of the most comprehensive beekeeping educational events in the Southeast, offers classes for beekeepers at all levels of experience and the annual honey show. May 15 is dedicated training and certification exams for journeymen and master beekeeper qualifications, as well as the Welsh honey judge training, the first licensing program for honey judges in North America. May 16 and 17 provide training and certification, including individual and colony biology, low-tech beekeeping, safety and much more. Registration fees for 18 and older is $120 for May 16, $100 for May 17 and $199 for both days. For ages 11-17, fees are $59 for May 16, $49 for May 17 and $99 for both days. Two-day registration and additional fees apply for advanced courses and exams on May 15. Participation is capped at 175 people, and classes generally fill up quickly.

 

For more information, visit this website.

 

 


 

 

NRCS TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR KEY CONSERVATION PROGRAMS

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE - May 16, 2014

 

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications from Georgia farmers and ranchers for specific initiatives under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Applications are due by May 16. EQIP is a voluntary program that funds conservation practices based on state identified natural resource concerns. The specific initiatives being funded under this sign-up are on-farm energy, seasonal high tunnels, organic operations, working lands for wildlife and longleaf pine. Interested producers should visit their local NRCS office for information on this sign-up period. Applications are taken on a continuous basis but only those applications received by the cutoff will be considered for this sign-up.

 

For more information about EQIP or other technical or financial assistance programs offered by NRCS, please contact your local service center.

 

 


 

 

NRCS WATER QUALITY INITIATIVE

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE - May 16, 2014

 

Eligible producers in four Southwest Georgia watersheds (Lower Deep Creek, in Turner County; Upper Piscola Creek, Middle Piscola Creek and Lower Piscola Creek, in both Brooks and Thomas Counties) must apply by May 16 for FY 2014 funding under the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s National Water Quality Initiative. The producers will invest in voluntary conservation actions to help provide cleaner water for their neighbors and communities. Using funds from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, NRCS will provide funding and advice to producers to install conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips and terraces in watersheds with impairments where the federal investment can make a difference to improve water quality.

 

For more information about NRCS programs, initiatives and services in Georgia, visit  www.ga.nrcs.usda.gov.

 

 


 

 

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION WORKSHOP

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE - May 24, 2014

 

Rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade students have until May 24 to apply to attend a one-week residential camp the Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission is offering June 8-12 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. Natural resource experts will give lectures, guide field trips and lead hands-on activities to enhance students’ understanding of Georgia’s natural resources during the Natural Resources Conservation Workshop (NRCW). The workshop focuses on the value and protection of Georgia’s wildlife, forestry, soil, water and mining resources. More than $18,000 in college scholarships will be awarded during the event.

Tuition is $150 per student but scholarships are available for students who have not previously attended the event.

 

Contact Luke Crosson at lcrosson@gaswcc.org or (229) 995-6001 for more information, and visit abac.edu/nrcw to download the workshop application.

 

 


 

 

CALHOUN BEEF CATTLE REPRODUCTIVE MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP

 

May 27, 2014

NW Georgia Research & Education Center Livestock Pavilion

Calhoun, Georgia

 

Workshop begins at 6 p.m.  For information contact Dr. Lawton Stewart at (706) 542-1852 or lawtons@uga.edu, or Phil Worley at (706) 624-1398 or pworley@uga.edu.

 

 


 

 

GA. HEIFER EVALUATION AND REPRODUCTIVE DEVELOPMENT (HERD) SALE

 

May 28, 2014

NW Georgia Research & Education Center Livestock Pavilion

Calhoun, Georgia

 

Sale begins at 12:30 p.m. For information contact Dr. Lawton Stewart at (706) 542-1852 or lawtons@uga.edu, or Phil Worley at (706) 624-1398 or pworley@uga.edu.

 

 


 

 

GFB YOUNG FARMER CONTESTS

 

ENTRY DEADLINE - May 30, 2014

 

Georgia Farm Bureau is accepting applications for its Young Farmer Achievement Award, Excellence in Agriculture Award and Discussion Meet. . GFB members between the ages of 18-35 may apply for these awards. Applications are available at county Farm Bureau offices Finalists for each of the competitive events will be named at the GFB Young Farmer Leadership Conference to be held July 10-13 on Jekyll Island. Applications for each contest and the leadership conference will be accepted through May 30 at 4:30 p.m.

The preliminary rounds of the discussion meet will be held at the leadership conference. For more information on these awards or the conference, please visit www.gfb.org/yf or stop by your county Farm Bureau.

 

The GFB Achievement Award will recognize an outstanding young farmer or couple whose primary income is derived from farming.

 

The GFB Excellence in Agriculture Award will recognize an outstanding individual or couple whose primary income is not derived from farming. Extension agents, FFA advisors and ag lenders are examples of individuals who may apply for this award.

 

The GFB Discussion Meet is a competitive event designed to simulate a committee meeting where young farmers discuss topics relevant to agriculture today and explore solutions to issues facing them as agriculturalists.

 

The state winner of each award will be announced during the GFB convention in December. The winner of each contest will compete on the national level at the American Farm Bureau Convention in San Diego, Calif., Jan. 11-13, 2015. Details on state and national prizes will be available at a later date.

 

 


 

 

UGA CAES TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIPS

 

NOMINATION DEADLINE - June 1, 2014

 

The CAES Alumni Association awards two non-renewable scholarships to the most outstanding transfer students from two- and four-year colleges who will be enrolling full-time at The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Selection is based on the student's ability to make significant contributions to the academic and co-curricular campus environment. Application forms and more information can be found at this address.

 

 


 

 

INTERPLANTED ALFALFA FIELD DAY

 

June 5, 2014

Putnam County Cooperative Extension

Eatonton, Georgia

 

UGA Extension Forage Specialist Dr. Dennis Hancock explains the benefits of interplanting Alfalfa with forage grasses. Dr. Hancock will detail site preparation, fertility requirements and variety selection to assure successful stand establishment. After the educational program there will be a sponsored lunch and then a visit to a Putnam County farm where Alfalfa has been successfully interplanted with Bermuda. Mr. Donald Wood, Research Professional at the UGA Center for Applied Genetic Technologies will join Dr. Hancock on site to discuss management techniques and harvesting strategies.

 

For more information, contact Keith Fielder at (706) 485-4151 or Kfielder@uga.edu.

 

 


 

 

PUTNAM COUNTY DAIRY FESTIVAL / ANTIQUE TRACTOR SHOW

 

June 7, 2014

Putnam County Courthouse Area

Eatonton, Georgia

 

This celebration of the Putnam County dairy industry features road races, entertainment, barbecue and introduction of the Dairy Family of the Year. The antique tractor parade begins at 10 a.m. at Putnam County Elementary School, and the tractor exhibition begins at noon at Farmers & Merchants Bank. Deadline to enter a tractor in the exhibition is May 2 and the entry fee is $10.

 

For application and other event information contact Glenda Ridley at 706-473-0763 or glendar@pceatonton.org.

 

 


 

 


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