Agriculture — the biggest industry in Georgia — has an impact that is felt throughout the state's economy. In January, University of Georgia economists will break down the complicated web of factors that impact the state's agriculture and give farmers and business leaders a preview of the 2014 growing season.

The 2014 Ag Forecast sessions will be held Jan. 24 in Macon, Jan. 27 in Athens, Jan. 28 in Lyons, Jan. 29 in Tifton, Jan. 30 in Bainbridge and Jan. 31 in Cartersville. Registration is now open.

 

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The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Georgia Farm Bureau and Georgia Department of Agriculture sponsor the annual seminar series, and its attendance grows every year. Last year, almost 1,000 business people, farmers and community leaders attended their local events.

"The main objective of the Ag Forecast is to provide Georgia's producers and agribusiness leaders with information on where we think the industry is headed in the upcoming year," said Kent Wolfe, director of the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. "It helps farmers plan what they're going to plant in the next year, but it's also good for bankers and other businesspeople who do business with farmers or who will impacted by the farm economy."

Economists from the center and the UGA department of agriculture and applied economics will deliver the forecasts, which look at Georgia's major commodities and the way that global markets, weather patterns and historical trends will affect them. Attorney Will Thompson will speak on farm succession planning and offer advice on how to pass businesses on to the next generation.

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