State Winners – Part 1

State Winners – Part 1

When competing based on one’s accomplishments, we like to focus on what distinguishes each competitor from the rest. Though the Swisher Sweets Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year contest looks at the differences between individuals, they also acknowledge that...
State Winners – Part 1

Farmer of the Year History

For 31 years, the Swisher Sweets Sunbelt Ag Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award program has celebrated excellence in agriculture by showcasing the best of the best. These ten leaders, each representing a state in the Southeast region, are true examples of the...
Marketing Your Livestock

Marketing Your Livestock

When it comes to marketing livestock, producers are faced with many questions: what to produce, where to market the product, when to price, and more. Livestock producers often sell their livestock. They produce and raise what they have resources for, sell at market...
Marketing Your Livestock

Current State of the Livestock Industry

Despite being in the midst of a global pandemic, the livestock industry is doing well after some struggles earlier in the year. In the third quarter of 2020, there is an overall percentage increase in meat production. According to the USDA, “The average weights for...
Marketing Your Livestock

Getting the Most Out of Your Cattle Equipment

Safe and efficient cattle handling is a top priority for cattle producers. It takes knowledge of animal behavior and proper handling techniques to get the most out of your cattle and cattle working facilities. Well-designed facilities do not make up for lack of proper...
Marketing Your Livestock

Preparing Your Cattle for the Winter

As the winter winds begin to blow in, it is time to start preparing cattle for the colder temperatures that lies ahead. Good management decisions are crucial to maintaining cattle health throughout the winter. Check out these three keys to success to consider during...
Sorghum in the South

Sorghum in the South

Although we see sorghum in the Southeast today, it has deep roots in ancient history around the world. In an archeological dig at Nabta Playa, in northeast Africa, archeologists found sorghum dating back to when it was first domesticated. Throughout time, the ancient...
Sorghum in the South

South Georgia Snow

When you think of snow, frozen crystals falling from the sky to settling and creating a white layer on the ground may come to mind. However, in the South, where snow is not common because of the climate, cotton is referred to as the snow in South Georgia. Cotton is...
Sorghum in the South

Soybeans Beyond the Midwest

When thinking of crayons do you think of soybeans? You probably should because they are a key ingredient in making soy crayons. That’s not the only household item they are used to make. Soybeans are used to make candles, hair-care products, and so much more! When...
Sorghum in the South

Peanut Harvest in the United States

We are all familiar with Girl Scout cookies, but did you know that around 230,000 pounds of peanut butter per week is used for baking Girl Scout’s Tagalongs and Do-si-dos? Peanuts are only grown in 13 states, which are in the southern region of the United States. Six...
Get This Out of My Garden!!

Get This Out of My Garden!!

Nothing is more irritating than seeing a crop you have invested time and money into be destroyed by pests and diseases. There are many practices you can put in place to keep these annoyances out. Today we will take a deeper dive into what is preventing you from having...
Get This Out of My Garden!!

Conservation in the Home Garden

Carrying out conservation practices within your garden will ensure a healthy harvest for many years. Conservation in the garden can come in all shapes and sizes. Three main conservation tips we are going to touch on today are irrigation, cover crops, and crop...
Get This Out of My Garden!!

Equipment to have in your tool shed

Gardener Must Haves: Tools You Need to be a Successful Gardener A green thumb is one of those characteristics that if you don’t have it, you definitely wish you did. Some people are blessed with the ability to take care of a garden easily, and the rest of us need a...
Get This Out of My Garden!!

Backyard Gardening-What to Plant

Want to Plant Your Own Garden? Here’s Where to Start! During the months of quarantine, many people stuck at home took up the new hobby of gardening. Backyard gardening is possible for anyone but looks different for everyone; the garden can live in raised beds, bigger...
Marketing Your Hay

Marketing Your Hay

“HAY FOR SALE!” Driving down a lonely country road in the middle of Smalltown, USA, you are more than likely to see a sign screaming at you in bright red letters about hay. This seems to be the way it has always been when you have some extra hay to spare for the year....
Marketing Your Hay

Southeast Hay Contest

The coronavirus pandemic has caused many changes in 2020. Even though schools closed for long periods of time, many events cancelled like our beloved Sunbelt Ag Expo, some conferences have gone virtual, and events were postponed, we are happy to say that at least one...
Marketing Your Hay

Tools for Harvesting hay

We often see a green field of grass during the summer as we drive down a winding country road. Then, later on we see neatly stacked bales of golden hay all in tidy rows. However, most people do not often think of the process that takes the green grass and turns it...
Marketing Your Hay

Nutritional Value of Hay

A lush, green field of forage paints a picturesque view on a drive through the country, but it also serves as the perfect grazing for a herd of cattle. However, when fresh forage is not available, high-quality hay can be the perfect nutritional substitute and can be a...

2020 Farmer of the Year

News Release Contact: Becca Turner (229) 985-1968 x2228 Email: [email protected] For Immediate Release UPDATE – 2020 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Ag Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year North America’s Premier Farm Show, the Sunbelt Ag Expo, has provided a venue...