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April 2016

Cover Crop Survey - Farmers Urged to Participate
Due May 1, 2016

A nationwide survey of farmers on cover crop use is seeking insight from growers around the country — whether or not they plant cover crops.

The survey can be taken online at until May 1, 2016. All answers to the survey are anonymous, Watts points out. Participants who complete the survey—an easy process that takes no more than 15 minutes, and even less depending on your crop rotations and diversity—have the option of entering into a drawing for a $100 gift card.

“This survey provides us with a great perspective on why farmers do or do not plant cover crops, what they expect to gain from the practice, and what their concerns are,” says Chad Watts, project director at the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) in West Lafayette, Indiana, which administers the survey. “Results from the survey help guide policy, research and education on cover crops. In recent years, data from cover crop surveys has been used in testimony on Capitol Hill, featured in the New York Times, and cited in academic journals. People are very eager to hear how farmers view cover crops.”

Anyone interested in seeing results from the 2013, 2014 or 2015 crop year surveys and other related projects, click here.

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April 27-29, 2016 - Grassfed Exchange Conference

April 27, 2016 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
April 28, 2016 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
April 29, 2016 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

"Regenerating Lives One Farm at a Time" is the title of this conference, which includes a one day pasture walk tour and two days of presentations with information and ideas to help improve producers' skills and operations.

Georgia National Fairgrounds
401 Larry Walker Parkway
Perry,, GA 31069 

Contact Information
Dennis Hancock


May 2016

May 4, 2016 - Small Livestock for Backyard Farmers
Conyers, GA

Learn the basics about rabbits and goats. 

1400 Parker Road
Conyers, GA 30094 
Lobby A, Conference Room

Contact Information
Steve Pettis


May 9, 2016 - Forage Production Field Day
Greensboro, GA

Forage Producers will receive an update on forage production and pesticide management. One hour of Private Pesticide credit and one hour Category 21 will be available. The cost is $10 and includes lunch. The program will be held at the Greene County Extension Office at 1180 C Weldon Smith Drive, Greensboro, GA on Monday, May 9th. 

1180 C. Weldon Smith Drive
Greensboro, GA 30642 
Covered Arena

Contact Information
Greene County Extension Office

June 2016

June 30, 2016 - Living with Vegetable Pests in the Southeast
Columbus, GA

Vegetable pests are a fact of life here, but we can still have fruitful farms and gardens. Join us for a presentation by Dr. Ayanava Majumdar (“Dr. A”), one of the region's foremost vegetable entomologists, for his presentation to gardeners, farmers, and agriculture professionals.

Free to attend, but space is limited! Call the Muscogee County Extension OfficePest in SE by June 24th to register: (706) 653-4203. 

3000 Macon Road
Columbus, GA 31906 
Columbus Public Library

Contact Information
Muscogee County Extension Office
(706) 653-4203


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September 2016

September 20-22, 2016 - National Small Farm Conference 'Creating and Sustaining Small Farmers and Ranchers'
Virginia Beach, VA

This conference is an exciting opportunity to learn and network with local and national experts in agriculture and farming practices. This 7th annual conference will also serve as a forum to discuss the results of research geared toward addressing challenges facing small farmers and ranchers.

- Strategies for enhanced farm income and improved quality of life
- Success stories from small farm activities
- Innovative ideas in research, extension and outreach

Registration is now OPEN! National Small Farm Conference
For more information check out the website, email, or call (804) 524-5626.

Small Farm Conference


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