Visitors to this year’s Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition in Moultrie, Ga., may feel like they are in Mississippi, at least temporarily. As the Spotlight State for 2003, the show will offer visitors a wide variety of educational as well as entertaining exhibits showcasing Mississippi's agricultural industry.

More than 1,100 exhibitors and thousands of visitors are again expected to attend the Expo. This year's show will be held Oct. 14-16 in Moultrie, Ga.

"We are proud to showcase one of the largest venues of agricultural technology in the world," says Chip Blalock, Sunbelt Expo executive director. "Every year, farmers are able to take information and new technologies garnered from the show and apply it directly to their operation."

Established in 1978, the Sunbelt Expo has expanded to become the largest farm show in the world with on-site field crops and demonstrations. Farm Press is proud to be a grant supporter and exhibitor at this year's show.

In the fields this year, the three-day event will showcase "Precision Ag Technology" in addition to the traditional demonstrations in cotton, peanuts, hay, corn and soybeans.

Trimble Navigation's AgGPS Autopilot guidance system, which actually steers the tractor, has been utilized from the planting to harvesting process at Sunbelt this year. The planting technique was shown at Field Day in July, and the harvesting technique will be the focus in October. According to Darrell Williams, Expo Farm manager, "This system takes the guesswork out of field layout, planting, cultivation, and chemical application."

Also showing precision agriculture technology will be BeeLine, AutoFarm, John Deere & AGCO's Challenger Division. "Our 600-acre working farm really makes us unique," Blalock says. "Visitors see the latest harvesting and tillage techniques in a true farm setting."

Animal care is another strong component of the Sunbelt Expo, and the show's diversity in this area grows each year. Cattlemen attain valuable management knowledge at the Beef Cattle Management Seminars. The Southern Dairy Business Center sponsored by Dairy Business Communications again will offer a variety of educational seminars on the dairy industry. Goat and alpaca demonstrations also are offered as well as the entertaining American Grand Finals Stock Dog Trials.

The horse demonstrations sponsored by Southern States will include rein cow demos and barrel racing. Visitors also will see demonstrations from Tennessee Walking Horses and Andalusian horses.

Tractor and other farm implements remain the focus of the Expo's equipment area. Visitors have the opportunity to actually "try out" different models at the tractor and truck driving ranges in the fields. GMC again will sponsor a professional test-driving track so visitors can give the newest models a spin. Also, do not miss the display of all terrain vehicles (ATVs), which has exploded in growth in the past few years.

Other sections at the show include a Small Farm Center, Forestry, the Progressive Farmer Automotive area, Lawn and Gardening, Hunting and Fishing, and Family Living. Everyone also will enjoy the daily parade of antique tractors.

The Sunbelt Expo is located four miles southeast of U.S. Highway 319 on Highway 133 near Moultrie, Ga. Show hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $5 per person/per day. Children six and under are admitted free with parent.

For more information contact the Expo office at info@sunbeltexpo.com, (229) 985-1968, Fax (229) 890-8518, 290-G Harper Blvd. Moultrie, Ga. 31768.