It Takes a Board – Sunbelt Ag Expo Executive Board

It Takes a Board – Sunbelt Ag Expo Executive Board

While the Sunbelt Ag Expo is only three days in October, there are many volunteers, staff members, and organizations that work together throughout the year to help make North America’s Premier Farm Show what it is.  One of the groups at the heart of the Sunbelt Ag Expo is the Executive Board. The...

Today is National Peanut Butter Day!

Today is National Peanut Butter Day!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy a delicious peanut butter snack? Do you prefer to eat it as a dip with fruit? Or as a tasty addition to your sandwich? Whether you like it chunky or smooth, make sure you celebrate National Peanut Butter Day today with your favorite peanut butter snack! No matter...

Experiencing all Four Seasons this January

Experiencing all Four Seasons this January

Within the past three weeks, Georgia residents have experienced weather as low as ten and as high as 75 degrees. We’ve had warm sunny weather one day, and cold rainy weather the next. While the cold is helping to kill off insects and weeds, this kind of back-and-forth has us looking forward to the...

2022 Sunbelt Ag Expo In Review

2022 Sunbelt Ag Expo In Review

Y’all Come Back Now! By Bryce Roland, 2022 Sunbelt Ag Expo Intern There is nothing like the Sunbelt Ag Expo. I want to give a huge thank you to everyone who made this week a success. Vendors, staff, and volunteers, thank you for all the hard work during the days, weeks, and months leading up to...

Thursday at the 2022 Sunbelt Ag Expo: In Review

Thursday at the 2022 Sunbelt Ag Expo: In Review

Veterans and the Sunbelt Ag Expo By Bryce Roland, 2022 Sunbelt Ag Expo Intern On the east side of the expo, almost bordering the runway of the airport was a small tent selling drinks. This small tent was run by veterans from most of the branches of our nation's military. I stopped by to say hello...

Wednesday at the 2022 Sunbelt Ag Expo: In Review

Wednesday at the 2022 Sunbelt Ag Expo: In Review

FFA and 4-H take on Expo By Bryce Roland, 2022 Sunbelt Ag Expo Intern Each year students with a passion for agriculture flood the Sunbelt Ag Expo to learn about what new innovations the agricultural industry has to offer. FFA, 4-H, and other groups with a passion for the ag industry can be found...

Tuesday at the 2022 Sunbelt Ag Expo: In Review

Tuesday at the 2022 Sunbelt Ag Expo: In Review

Spotlight on Arkansas By Bryce Roland, 2022 Sunbelt Ag Expo Intern With their Sunbelt Ag Expo motto being “Experience Arkansas” the natural state is ready to show off everything they have to offer. I was able to stop by the spotlight state building and check out some of the highlights of the great...

Monday at the 2022 Sunbelt Ag Expo: In Review

Monday at the 2022 Sunbelt Ag Expo: In Review

Exceptional Weather Expected for the 2022 Sunbelt Ag Expo By Bryce Roland, 2022 Sunbelt Ag Expo Intern South Georgia weather can be unpredictable. It is not uncommon to wake up with winter weather, then by the middle of the day, we may experience spring or summer. And, finally, finish the evening...

2022 Sunbelt Shorts: Must See Opportunities at Expo

SWISHER FARMER OF THE YEAR Since its inception in 1990, the Swisher/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year Award has evolved into the most prestigious honor in the southeast and nation with 265 outstanding agribusiness leaders being honored for their “excellence in agriculture.” Ten states...

Experience Dairy at the Sunbelt Ag Expo

Experience Dairy at the Sunbelt Ag Expo

UGA Animal and Dairy Science students are currently doing some amazing work that is expected to benefit farmers. One of these is looking at the voluntary waiting period, essential to monitoring cows' reproductivity.  Once monitored, they can be put on an artificial insemination schedule to be bred...

Aquaponics at the Expo

Aquaponics at the Expo

If you are looking to diversify your agricultural knowledge on fish farming, hydroponics, or a more sustainable way to grow your food; look no further, visit the Aquaculture Building. This exhibit will provide you with tremendous learning opportunities through hands-on demonstrations, interactive...

Focus on the Board – Carla Hornady

Focus on the Board – Carla Hornady

Carla Hornady has served as a board member for the Expo since 2017; however, her involvement in the agricultural community dates much further. Carla Hornady is a native of Billingsley, Alabama, a small rural community in Autauga County, where she grew up on her family’s cattle farm. She was very...

2022 Youth Activities at the Expo

2022 Youth Activities at the Expo

To sign up for the contests and learn more, click here. Students experience numerous learning opportunities and participate in various activities. Both high school and college students will have an opportunity to attend the Expo to compete in “Advocacy in Action”, sponsored by the Georgia Farm...

2022 American Stock Dog Grand Finals

2022 American Stock Dog Grand Finals

Guest Blogger Darby Masters, 2022 Sunbelt Ag Expo Intern The 2022 American Stock Dog Grand Finals are here. Stock dogs and their handlers come from across the southeast to compete in the stock dog trials held at the Sunbelt Ag Expo. Stock dogs are dogs that help farmers with livestock by moving...

Opportunities for Youth at Expo

Opportunities for Youth at Expo

While the Sunbelt Ag Expo serves as a central hub during the third week of October for those in the agricultural industry to conduct business, it also serves as a place for students and young adults with a particular interest in the field of study to learn from the leaders in the industry.  Aside...

Focus on the board – Ron Carroll

Focus on the board – Ron Carroll

Since his first time attending the Sunbelt Ag Expo in 1990, Ron Carroll has become a huge supporter of the Expo, its mission, and the role it plays in the community. In the past 32 years, Carroll has only missed 2 shows and taken on many active roles in our program as he celebrates his 14th year...

Are You Planning to be at Field Day?

Are You Planning to be at Field Day?

If you don’t have it on the calendar, add it now. The Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day will be Aug. 2, 2022. Farmers are invited to join us to learn practical information from the region’s top agricultural scientists about the newest technologies to improve farming operations. Visitors will once again...

Field Day – Join us next Tuesday, August 2nd

Field Day – Join us next Tuesday, August 2nd

Rain may have caused us to delay Field Day, but we look forward to welcoming you to the Darrell Williams Research Farm next Tuesday, August 2nd, at 8:00 a.m.  To get excited about the featured plots, see the list below.  We can’t wait for you to experience the latest in ag innovation!   UGA...

Scotty Raines | Georgia Farmer of the Year 2022

Scotty Raines | Georgia Farmer of the Year 2022

Scotty Raines didn’t grow up on a farm, but his father kept a large garden at home. His mother, a beautician, had abeauty shop behind their house. So Scotty began his agrarian career by selling produce from the garden—tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and corn—to her customers. He also participated in...

Jerry Dakin | Florida Farmer of the Year 2022

Jerry Dakin | Florida Farmer of the Year 2022

Jerry Dakin’s family dairy farm was started by his dad, Romanus (Pete) Dakin, in Livermore, Maine in 1948. From a modest sixteen cows, the operation grew over the post-World War II years. When Pete Dakin returned from a trip down south in October 1963, he informed his wife Jeannette that she and...

Chris Sweat | Arkansas Farmer of the Year 2022

Chris Sweat | Arkansas Farmer of the Year 2022

 Chris Sweat is a fourth generation farmer who grew up on a full-time poultry and cow/calf operation. His great grandparents started a beef and dairy farm, and his dad later established his own chicken and cattle operation. As a youngster, Chris was active in 4-H and FFA. He recalled, “I wasn’t...

Mark Byrd | Alabama Farmer of the Year 2022

Mark Byrd | Alabama Farmer of the Year 2022

Mark Byrd of Byrd Farms in Danville, Alabama, bought a used tractor and hay baler when he was only fourteen years old. Inspired by a FFA vocational ag class in high school, after graduation he planted 15 acres of rented land with soybeans while working a full-time job. Byrd recalled, “That first...

Focus on the Board – Jason Davison

Focus on the Board – Jason Davison

While 2022 marks Jason Davison’s first year as a member of the Sunbelt Ag Expo board, this is far from his first encounter within the rural community. Davison earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural education and communication emphasizing leadership development from the University...

Celebrating Freedom to Farm in Georgia

Celebrating Freedom to Farm in Georgia

Guest Submission: Georgia Farm Bureau Staff  As we celebrate the Fourth of July and our freedoms as Americans, Georgia farmers can also celebrate the Georgia General Assembly passing the Freedom to Farm Act, which Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law on April 13. The Freedom to Farm Act provides farms...

Sunbelt Expo is a valuable location for south Georgia forage

Sunbelt Expo is a valuable location for south Georgia forage

Guest Blogger: Lisa Baxter, UGA Extension Forage Specialist The Sunbelt Ag Expo’s Darrell Williams Research Farms provides an exceptional opportunity to highlight forage research in south Georgia. These hayfields provide an outdoor classroom for UGA Extension county agent in-service trainings,...

“Horsing Around” at the Expo

“Horsing Around” at the Expo

Each year, the equine barn at the Sunbelt Ag Expo is home to lots of action and fun. From beauty queens to trick riders, the barn hosts an array of featured guests and demonstrations. Visitors with backgrounds in the equine industry or those with a love for the thrill of trick riding will enjoy...

Focus on the Board – Tim Marshall

Focus on the Board – Tim Marshall

Tim Marshall has served as a board member for the Expo since 2019; however, his involvement in the agricultural community goes back much further. During this time, he served in various roles at colleges and universities including Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, the University of Florida, and...

Precision Ag Research at the Expo Farm

Precision Ag Research at the Expo Farm

By contributing author: Simerjeet Virk - Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the area of Precision Agriculture and Machinery Systems at the University of Georgia The increased focus on improving application accuracy, placement, and timing of crop inputs is driving the growth and...

Research on the Farm – Why Does it Matter?

Research on the Farm – Why Does it Matter?

The Sunbelt Ag Expo may last only three days every October, but the research happening on the Darrell Williams Research Farm located on the Expo grounds happens 365 days a year.   “We have the unique ability to work with university and corporate researchers on our research farm, where we continue...

Focus on the Board – Clay Talton

Focus on the Board – Clay Talton

Monroe County resident, Clay Talton, has been serving on the Expo Board since 2018, but he has been involved in the agricultural world much longer than that.  Originally from Kathleen, Georgia, Talton graduated from Perry High School before attending the University of Georgia. In 2003, he earned a...

Does Your Hay Make the Grade?

Does Your Hay Make the Grade?

Once again, we are excited to welcome back to the Sunbelt Ag Expo the Southeastern Hay Contest.  A tradition since 2004, The Southeastern Hay Contest has been keeping hay growers striving for the best for over a decade. Those interested in hay production make up one of the largest attendee groups...