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2017 Series Schedule

Dates and Locations:

Wednesday, Jan. 18: Macon - Georgia Farm Bureau state office building
Keynote speaker: Bob Redding, Farm Bill Update

Thursday, Jan. 19: Marietta - Cobb County Civic Center
Keynote speaker: Brent Credille, Veterinary Feed Directive

Friday, Jan. 20: Carrollton - Carroll County Agriculture Center
Keynote speaker: Brent Credille, Veterinary Feed Directive

Monday, Jan. 23: Tifton - UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center
Keynote speaker: Bob Redding, Farm Bill Update

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Bainbridge - Cloud Livestock Facility
Keynote speaker: Bob Redding, Farm Bill Update

Wednesday, Jan. 25: Lyons - Toombs County Agri-Center
Keynote speaker: Bob Redding, Farm Bill Update

Thursday, Jan. 26: Waynesboro - Burke County Office Park
Keynote speaker: Bob Redding, Farm Bill Update

Friday, Jan. 27: Athens - University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
Keynote speaker: Brent Credille, Veterinary Feed Directive

Event times:

Each session will have the following schedule:

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

Except Tifton, which will have the following 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

Keynote Speakers

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.

Brent Credille, UGA College of Veterinary Medicine assistant professor, will discuss implementation of the VFD in Marietta, Carrollton and Athens. A measure by the FDA to limit the use of antibiotics in the feed and water of food-producing animals to strictly therapeutic – not production – purposes, the directive calls for VFD-labeled antibiotics to be administered under the supervision of licensed veterinarians and provides veterinarians with the framework for authorization of those antibiotics.

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Predicting markets and preparing for the next growing season can be a tough job, but that's where we can help. Georgia Ag Forecast is an annual seminar series presented by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in partnership with Georgia Farm Bureau and the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

UGA, the state's land-grant and flagship institution, is committed to sharing the latest research and information to help Georgia farmers and agribusinesses. Join our economists as they provide an outlook of agricultural markets for the coming year. Participants will network with UGA faculty and UGA Cooperative Extension agents, local producers and other stakeholders, and will leave the meeting with a copy of the 2017 Georgia Ag Forecast book, which is designed to provide detailed analyses of major commodities produced in the state.


This event is made possible through support from the Georgia Farm Bureau Land-Grant University Lecture Series Endowment, Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Agribusiness Council.

Inclement Weather Policy

The college reserves the right to reschedule or cancel Georgia Ag Forecast seminars in cases of inclement weather such as snow, ice or very severe storms. Seminars will be canceled if the local public school system is closed on the day of the seminar due to inclement weather. Georgia Ag Forecast organizers will email cancellation notifications to registered participants using the email address provided during registration. In addition, cancellations will be posted on this website. Organizers will try to reschedule cancelled seminars, but in situations where seminars cannot be rescheduled, refunds will be issued.

Pre-registration Closed:

Limited onsite registrations available

Wednesday, Jan. 18: Macon

Thursday, Jan. 19: Marietta

Friday, Jan 20: Carrollton

Monday, Jan. 23: Tifton

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Bainbridge

Wednesday, Jan. 25: Lyons

Register Online:

Thursday, Jan. 26: Waynesboro

Friday, Jan. 27: Athens (in person)

Friday, Jan. 27: Athens (online)

Registration Fees:

$30 per individual seat
$200 for a table of eight seats

Carla M. WoodDirector of Signature Events
  • Dean and Directors Office