Sustainable Agriculture Programs and Events
This program aims to support beginning farmers and ranchers to help protect the future of food and fiber in Georgia.
What: The UGA Forage Team is partnering with USDA NRCS to host the “UGA GrassMasters” program in Southwest District starting February 8th, 2018 at the Houston County Extension Office in Perry. This program is a 7-week series focusing on forage production that gives producers an entry-level education leading in to other programs like Grazing School or Southeast Hay Convention. Programs will be taught by UGA Forage Team members as well as NRCS staff. Cost to attend for producers is $25 and will include a notebook with materials and refreshments at each program.
Where: 801 Main Street, Perry, GA 31069
When: 7-week series on Thursdays, from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. February 8 - March 22
Registration: Call the Houston County Extension Office at (478) 987-2028
Managing Brunswickgrass in Bahiagrass Seed Fields Training
What: For bahiagrass seed growers, harvesters, and processors, the challenge is to supply high quality seed that is free of brunswickgrass. Every member of the bahiagrass seed industry should learn to identify brunswickgrass in the field, as well as learn how to distinguish the seed of the two species. If the levels of brunswickgrass contamination do not decrease from current levels, new regulations from the state agencies that assure seed quality will likely come into place. Some of these regulations could severely impact or even devastate the industry in some areas. If you are a bahiagrass seed grower, custom harvester, or processor, you are STRONGLY urged to attend an educational training. being held at the UGA Tifton Campus on Monday, February 12th. This meeting will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the conference room in the NESPAL building.
Where: UGA Tifton Campus (Conference Room in NESPAL Building) 2356 Rainwater Road, Tifton, GA 31793
When: Monday, February 12, from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Registration: Registration for this event is $15 paid at the time of the event (check or cash) to cover the cost of lunch and refreshments. An RSVP is required by FEB. 9th. To RSVP and let us know who plans to attend this meeting, contact Cathy Felton (email or 706-310-3464) with the names of participants. Please note, Cathy is a part time employee, so if it is after noon, please contact her by e-mail: email@example.com
Georgia Forage and Grassland Council Meeting
What: This year's annual meeting will feature updates from Dr. Jennifer Tucker, grazing systems researcher at UGA's Tifton campus, and Dr. Lisa Baxter, a postdoctoral associate at UGA's Tifton campus working on the bermudagrass stem maggot. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m., followed by a farm visit after lunch to the Deep Grass Graziers farm (600 Meadowlark Rd., Fitzgerald, GA 31750) with farm owner/manager, Dan Glenn. Participants will also get an update on cover crop research at the Jimmy Carter Plant Materials Center in Americus, GA by Richard Barrett, Manager of the JCPMC, as well as recieve a behind the scenes look at the Irwin Co. CASE (Center for Agricultural Study and Excellence) farm. Additionally, there will be opportunities for to hear from industry representatives about new products and services that they plan to offer in 2018. And, the GFGC will present their Carl Hoveland Merit Award to a very deserving candidate.
Where: Irwin County High School's CASE Farm: 149 Chiefton Circle, Ocilla, GA 31774
When: Friday, February 16, from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Registration: Cost to attend for producers is $35 and will include lunch. Registration is FREE for GFGC members, so if you aren't a member or current, be sure to register through the American Forage and Grassland Council's page and select the Georgia affiliate. Register for this event by contacting Cathy Felton at 706-310-3464. The registration deadline is February 1.
Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training
What: This is the only training that is currently recognized by the Food and Drug Administration to satisfy the requirements for compliance with the Produce Safety Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act. Although many small farms may be exempt from the Produce Safety Rule at the present time, that may change as their business grows or depending on how they sell their products. Attendees who complete the entire training earn a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials.
Where: In conjunction with the Georgia Organics Conference in Augusta, GA
When: Friday, February 16, 2018
Hay and Baleage Production Shortcourse
What: The 2018 Hay and Baleage Production Short Course will be valuable to serious hay producers who seek to learn more about modern hay-making techniques. This program is dedicated to those who are serious about commercial hay production and those who would like to "dig deep" into the subject. The subject matter presented in these classes are advanced and provided in detail. We pride ourselves in the fact that this training is unique in the Southeast, as it is essentially the only program that Pesticide creditsprovides extensive details on hay production practices.
This year, the UGA Forage Team is debuting a new workshop for hay and baleage producers called the Hay and Baleage Short Course. This program will be offered at two locations. The first will be February 22 at the Carroll County Extension Office in Carrollton, GA (Feb. 22 Agenda). The second will be a two-day workshop with a few additional hands-on learning opportunities on March 8 and 9 held at the Burke County Extension Office in Waynesboro, GA (Mar. 8-9 Agenda). The second program is a joint effort of Burke and Jefferson Counties and will include more emphasis on equipment options and set-up. These workshops will focus on techniques for producing high yields of high quality hay and baleage, along with a more detailed look at specific topics. Click on the links above for a more complete agenda for each location.
Where: Carroll County Extension Office (900 Newnan Road, Carrollton, GA 30117) and Burke County Extension Office (715 West 6th Street, Burke County Office Park, Waynesboro, GA 30830)
When: Thursday, February 22nd from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Thursday - Friday, March 8 - 9 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Registration: The cost for this event is $65 per person. Registration is now open! Contact the Extension Office of the host locations to RSVP:
Feb. 22 - Carroll Co. Extension Office at: 770-836-8546
Mar. 8-9 - Burke Co. Extension Office at: 706-554-2119
Small Engine Maintenance and Repair Workshop
What: This program will cover how to properly troubleshoot and maintain common garden and landscape equipment. Participants will be taught the basics of how to tune up and winterize equipment, as well as basic troubleshooting and repair procedures. The program will also go into detail on how to properly sharpen everything from knives to chainsaws. There will be discussion on tools and diagnostic equipment that are essential for repairing and servicing small engines. Bob Westerfield, Extension Horticulturist, and Brian Maddy, Troup County Extension agent, will be the program speakers.
Where: UGA Griffin Campus, Student Learning Center Room 104, 1109 Experiment Street, Griffin, GA 30223
When: Friday, February 23, from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Registration: Pre-registration required. Cost is $49 and covers lunch, refreshments, and handouts. To register online with a debit/credit card, click here. For more information, please call Beth Horne 770-228-7214 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Grower's Association Water Summit (Remote Site in Tifton)
What: The two-day Water Summit is an opportunity for growers, produce industry representatives, educators and researchers to discuss with regulatory personnel the diverse ways that water is used on farms, the hazards associated with water use on produce, the challenges and concerns related to current standards for water quality testing and workable solutions for reducing risks to protect public health. FDA wants to collaborate with all parts of the industry to develop ideas that support risk reduction related to water. This Water Summit will include informational presentations and breakout discussions. Participants will explore challenges related to the requirements of Subpart E – Agricultural Water and discuss potential solutions that are workable while still protecting public health. This is a great opportunity for growers to share with FDA and other regulators what is good about the current water standard and what needs to be changed and how it could change.
Where: Tift County Extension Office: 1468 Carpenter Road South, Tifton, Georgia 31973
When: Tuesday, February 27 - Wednesday, February 28 from 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Registration: Registration is $50 and is limited to the first 50 registrants. Registration includes admission to the remote site Water Summit in Tifton, training materials, lunch on both days, and refreshments. All registration will close February 23, 2018. No onsite registration will be available. No substitutions, transfers, or refunds will be issued within one week of the Summit start date.
To register, contact Beth Oleson at email@example.com or (706) 845-8200
Fencing Field Day
What: The UGA Forage Team is debuting a new workshop focusing on updated fencing options for producers. This field day will be held February 28, 2018 at the Black Shank Farm and Pavilion on the UGA-Tifton campus. The Fencing Field Day is a hands-on learning opportunity to give producers of all experience levels an opportunity to discover new fencing tools that could benefit their production systems. Attendees will have the chance to "learn by doing" from members of the UGA Forage Team and industry professionals.
Where: Black Shank Farm and Pavillion at UGA Tifton Campus (directions)
When: Wednesday, February 28, from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Registration: Cost to attend for producers is $10 and will include lunch. Register for this event by contacting Cathy Felton at 706-310-3464. The registration deadline is February 1.
Water Testing and Employee Training Workshop
What: These workshops are supported by the USDA-NIFA Georgia Small Farm Food and Safety Campaign, and will cover employee training basics, irrigation water testing basics, tips on how to pass a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audit, and will provide information on USDA-NRCS Irrigation Assistance. Free coffee and lunch provided.
Where: Various Locations
- March 1: Babe & Sage Farm, 1021 Nitrogen Rd, Gordon, GA
- March 8: Rodgers Greens & Roots: 5280 GA-92, Douglasville, GA
- March 9: Front Field Farm: 100 W. Beaverdam Rd, Winterville, GA
When: March 1, 8, 9 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Registration: No cost to attend, for questions and RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tifton Beef Cattle Short Course
What: The Tifton Beef Cattle Short Course will be held on March 6th, one day before the 60th Annual Tifton Bull Evaluation Sale in Irwinville, Georgia at the Tifton Bull Evaluation Center. This year's focus will be on the Economics of Southeast Beef Cattle Operations.
Where: Tifton Bull Evaluation Center: 2283 GA HWY 32 West, Chula, GA 31733
When: Tuesday, March 6, from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Registration: Mail your registration (click here for agenda and registration form)
18th Annual Conservation Production Systems Training Conference/Workshop
What: This conference is for anyone who is interested in conservation tillage practices. This is a great opportunity to hear about research related to cover crops, conservation tillage, soil health issues, farming practices/techniques related to utilization of cover crops, etc.
Where: Augusta Tech College, Waynesboro, GA (Thursday, March 15) and the Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center, Midville, GA (Friday, March 16)
When: Thursday and Friday, March 15 - 16, 2018
Registration: Contact Peyton Sapp at email@example.com
Northwest Cover Crop Field Day
What: The Northwest Cover Crop Field Day will focus on integrating cover crops into forage and row crop production systems, demonstrating planting dates and how it affects biomass and nitrogen, performance of mixes and single varieties, soil moisture, weed management and other topics. Click here to view a brief field day agenda.
Where: Northwest Georgia Research and Education Center, Floyd County Farm, 300 Battey Farm Rd., Rome, GA 30161
When: Wednesday, March 21, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Registration: Contact Greg Bowman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Northeast Georgia Cover Crop Field Day
What: The Northeast Cover Crop Field Day will focus on the cover crop benefits and selection for row crop and grazing production systems, termination methods and weed management, and field demonstrations will cover planting dates, performance of mixes and single varieties and other topics. Click here to view a brief field day agenda.
Where: Iron Horse Farm, 1060 Old Watson Springs Rd, Watkinsville, GA 30677
When: Thursday, March 29, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Registration: Contact David Daniel at email@example.com
SARE 30th Anniversary Our Farms, Our Future Conference
What: "The Our Farms, Our Future Conference, hosted by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the National Center for Appropriate Technology ATTRA program will be held on April 3-5, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. This national event will bring together our diverse agricultural community including farmers and ranchers, agribusiness stakeholders, students, researchers, scientists, agency representatives and nonprofit leaders. Every decade SARE hosts a conference to look at the progress of sustainability in agriculture and to understand our trajectory for the future. Please join us for a stimulating set of sessions on the future of sustainable agriculture in the United States."
Where: Hyatt Regency in downtown St. Louis, Missouri
When: April 3 - 5, 2018
Registration: To learn more and register, use the following link: http://ofof.sare.org/
Georgia Forages Conference
What: Forage production is the heart of Georgia’s livestock industry. Our diverse forage systems are some of the best in the world. For the seventh straight year, the Georgia Cattlemen's Annual Convention begins with a focus on forages with the Georgia Forages' Conference starting off the week’s events.
Where: Georgia National Fairgrounds: 401 Larry Walker Pkwy, Perry, GA 31069
When: Thursday, April 5
Registration: Registration is $40 and includes lunch, a notebook and other handouts. For more information visit http://www.georgiacattlemen.org/ or call 478-474-6560.
Athens-Area Master Naturalist Program
What: The Georgia Master Naturalist program is an adult environmental education course developed by UGA Extension and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources for people interested in exploring the habitats, ecosystems and the natural environments of our state. The Program is a combination of lectures and hands-on field studies taught by UGA faculty and field experts. Most classes are at Sandy Creek Nature Center in Athens, but the course also includes field trips within an hour drive of Athens. Topics include Ecology, Entomology, Herpetology, Human Impact, Water Issues and many others. For more information on this program, click here.
Where: Sandy Creek Nature Center: 205 Old Commerce Rd, Athens, GA 30607
When: Fridays from April 6 - June 1, from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Registration: Registration cost is $225. Applications are due by March 26. For questions or to register, contact Amanda Tedrow at (706) 613-3640 or firstname.lastname@example.org