Ag Forecast, major commodity meetings reworked due to COVID-19
The 2021 Georgia Ag Forecast, 2021 Georgia Cotton Commission Annual Meeting and the Georgia Peanut Farm Show have all made scheduling changes out of concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Georgia Ag Forecast, which ordinarily makes stops at multiple locations around the state, will instead be held virtually on Jan. 29. Georgia Farm Bureau is a sponsor for this annual seminar, which is free to attend for 2021. Ag Forecast shares the latest research and information from UGA faculty to help farmers and agribusinesses in Georgia's No. 1 industry. Keynote topics are agritourism and the impact of COVID-19 on Georgia farmers. Breakout sessions will cover livestock and poultry, cotton, peanuts grains and oilseeds, green industry and vegetables; fruits and tree nuts; and forestry and land taxation. To register, visit https://agforecast.caes.uga.edu/.
The 2021 Georgia Cotton Commission Annual Meeting will be held in a virtual format on Jan. 27. The UGA Cotton Production Workshops held in conjunction with the GCC Annual Meeting will be held virtually, as well, but spread over multiple dates in January and February. The meeting program, will feature speakers from several industry organizations:
- Darryl Earnest, Agricultural Marketing Service – Cotton & Tobacco Program deputy administrator;
- Dr. Ed Barnes, Agricultural & Environmental Research, Cotton Incorporated senior director;
- Bart Davis, Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation of Georgia chairman;
- Alan Lowman, Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation of Georgia executive director;
- Dr. Phillip Roberts, University of Georgia Extension entomologist ;
- Matt Coley, U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol director/producer;
- Tom McCall, Georgia Farm Bureau president.
Following the annual meeting speakers, the Georgia Quality Cotton Awards for the 2020 crop will be awarded. The meeting is not only for cotton growers, but anyone interested in the cotton industry. There is no charge to attend. Pre-registration is requested. Register online at www.ugatiftonconference.caes.uga.edu or call (229) 386-3416.
The Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference, originally scheduled for Jan. 20-21 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center, has been postponed until January 2022.
The show, which hosted more than 1,600 attendees in 2020, offers farmers the opportunity to fine-tune their operation and visit with more than 100 industry exhibitors. Awards to individuals and businesses for their service to the peanut industry and promotion of peanuts across the United States are also presented at the event. The award recipients selected for the 2021 show will be recognized at the January 2022 event.
GPC encourages farmers to participate in 2021 county production meetings via UGA Cooperative Extension in preparation for the 2021 season. Visit www.gapeanuts.com to stay up-to-date on the activities of the Georgia Peanut Commission and latest industry news.
The Georgia/Florida Soybean/Small Grain Expo, which typically takes place in January, has been canceled for 2021.