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- University of Georgia to present ag forecast
- Large vegetable operation
• The ag outlook sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 24 in Gainesville, Jan. 25 in Tifton, Jan. 27 in Statesboro, Feb. 9 in Carrollton and Feb. 10 in Macon. A networking lunch will follow each forecast.
• Producers, policymakers, agribusiness professionals and consumers will hear the 2011 economic outlook for agriculture from UGA agricultural economists. Local speakers will share success stories, and a keynote speaker will offer a broad view on the locally grown movement. A question-and-answer session will follow the speakers’ presentations.
Large vegetable operation
Bill Brim will be the guest speaker. He operates a large vegetable farm near Tifton. He raises vegetable transplants and pine tree seedlings in greenhouses and has modern packing and shipping facilities on his farms.
Nathan Smith, UGA CAES professor of agricultural economics, will give the economic outlook.
Statesboro, Jan. 27
At the Statesboro session Jan. 27, Kirk Farquharson, the Southeast Regional Office Farm to School Coordinator with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, will discuss local food systems.
George Shumaker, professor emeritus with the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, will give the economic outlook.
The Statesboro session will be held at the Nessmith-Lane Center.
Carrollton, Feb. 9
Farquharson will discuss local food systems at the Carrollton session Feb. 9.
Bluffton, Ga., cattle farmer Will Harris will be the guest speaker. His White Oak Pastures is the largest USDA certified organic farm in Georgia. His herds freely graze native grasses and are not given hormones, antibiotics or non-natural feeds. Harris also raises free-range Bronze turkeys. He uses an on-farm processing plant. Harris’ beef is sold in Publix Supermarkets and at Whole Food Markets. Ground beef is distributed through Destiny Organics and Tree of Life, which delivers frozen natural foods to health food stores along the eastern seaboard.
Curt Lacy, a UGA Cooperative Extension economist, will give the economic outlook.
The Carrollton session will be held at the Carroll County Ag Center.
Macon, Feb. 10
Farquharson will discuss local food systems in Macon Feb. 10.
Russell Johnston will be the guest speaker. He runs Johnston Dairy in Newborn, Ga., a family business in operation since 1956. The farm milks between 80 and 100 cows a day and yields more than 8 gallons per cow. The farm bottles its milk fresh on the farm. His dairy products, including handmade small batch cheese and yogurt, are sold in specialty markets across north Georgia and are served in fine restaurants. The farm produces much of the cows diet as well, growing wheat, barley, grain sorghum, hay, oats and rye grass for silage.
Don Shurley, a UGA Extension agricultural economist, will give the economic outlook.
The Macon session will be held at the Georgia Farm Bureau Building.
Registration will open at 9:30 a.m. at each session. The sessions cost $30 per person or $200 for a table of eight. For more information and to register, visit http://www.georgiaagforecast.com.