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2017 Thomas County Production Meetings



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January 16, 2017 · 4:30 PM

2017 Georgia Ag Forecast


Each year, economists from UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in partnership with Georgia Farm Bureau and the Georgia Department of Agriculture present an outlook of agricultural markets for the coming year.

The upcoming farm bill and the Food and Drug Administration’s veterinary feed directive (VFD) will be the featured topics this year. Bob Redding of Washington’s The Redding Firm, will share information and moderate a conversation about the upcoming 2018 farm bill in Macon, Tifton, Bainbridge, Lyons and Waynesboro. This year’s 2017 Georgia Ag Forecast meetings in South GA will be held at these locations:

Monday, January 23: Tifton – UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center

Tuesday, January 24: Bainbridge – Decatur County Agricultural Center

Wednesday, Jan. 25: Lyons – Toombs County Agri-Center

Thursday, Jan. 26: Waynesboro – Burke County Office Park

Click on this link to see all other dates in Georgia and registration:


Each session will have the following schedule (Except Tifton):

  • 9 a.m. – On-site check-in and coffee
  • 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Seminar presentations
  • 11:30 a.m. – Networking lunch

Tifton schedule:

  • 7 a.m. – On-site check-in and coffee
  • 7:30 a.m. – Breakfast buffet lines open
  • 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Seminar presentations

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AGAware Workshop – November 14th

A full AGAware workshop will be held on November 14, 2016 in Douglas, Georgia. The workshop being conducted by the Corporation for Community and Economic Development United of Georgia, Van McCall, Education, Outreach & Special Programs Manager, AGAware Team Manager, AgSouth Farm Credit, ACA.  This opportunity is geared for young, beginning and/or small farmers. There is no charge to attend which includes a complimentary meal.


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Pesticide Waste Clean Day – September 30th, Cordele

The Georgia Dept. of Agriculture is pleased to announce a one day Pesticide Waste Collection event, being held in Cordele State Farmers Market 1901 State Rt. 41-North Cordele, Ga. 31015, September 30, 2016 from 9:00am to 3:00pm.  Due to limited funding for this event, the target goal is to collect between 40,000 – 50,000 pounds. Once these goals are met, pre-registration and collection will be cut off. The event is open to all State Wide, concentrating in Crisp and surrounding counties. The pre-registration form and checklist are attached here: GeorgiaCleanDay-2016-Cordele. We also have some at our office.


ALL PRE-REGISTRATION FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED no later than September 26, 2016 by 4:00pm.

Collection updates will be listed on the GDA website at:

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Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day – July 14


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July 7, 2016 · 7:50 PM

Earn up to 5 hours of recertification credits – commercial pesticide applicator, HPC, ISA arborist or SAF!

Here is a great opportunity to receive training hours in commercial credits that are hard to come by. Willie Chance is now retired from Extension and is helping coordinate trainings for pest professionals to maintain credit hours.

Pest Pro Alerts

Do you need Pesticide Applicator, Structural HPC, ISA arborist or Society of American Forester credits?  

Do not miss this opportunity to earn recertification credits!

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Pest Manager Training

Friday May 27 in Valdosta, GA

Find Valdosta agenda here!

Register online now!

Earn up to five hours of credits!  

~~~ 5 hours of Georgia Commercial Pesticide Credit – Any Category! ~~~

Category 24, Ornamentals & Turf        Category 27, Right of Way  

Category 41, Mosquito Control           Category 23, Forestry

Also Categories 21, 22, 25, 26, 31, 32, 35, 36, 37, or 38!

~~~ 2 hours HPC Structural Credits ~~~

~~~ Up to 5 hours of ISA credits (details on agenda) ~~~

~~~ Also 5 hours of Society of American Forester CFEs (Category 1) ~~~

Pre-registration price until Thursday, May 19. Only $59!

After May 19 – $65.

Register online now!

For more information you can call (478) 972-9981…

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GA Farm Business Education Conference – Feb 25th

This conference is for both commercial and small farm growers. Growers can waive the late registration fee with the discount code farmone for a total fee of $49. Registration is online here:


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