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UGA’s Ag Forecast comes to Bainbridge February 1

UGA’s Georgia Ag Forecast seminar will be held in Bainbridge on February 1 at the Decatur County Agricultural Center.

University of Georgia agricultural economists will present insights into the latest market and regulatory conditions for the state’s largest industry — agriculture.

Check in for the seminars begin at 9 a.m., and the presentations should conclude by lunchtime. A networking lunch is included in the price of registration.

Hosted by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the annual series will run Jan. 30 through Feb. 7 at Athens, Bainbridge, Cartersville, Lyons, Macon and Tifton, Georgia. The presentations at each site will be tailored to serve the farmers and businesspeople in that community.

Registration for the series is now open at georgiaagforecast.com. Individual seats are $35 per person and a table of eight is $240.

More than 1,000 producers, agribusiness representatives and community leaders attended the seminars in 2017.

“The main objective of the Ag Forecast seminar series is to provide Georgia’s producers and agribusiness leaders with information on where we think the industry is headed in the upcoming year,” said Kent Wolfe, director of the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. “It helps producers plan for the next year, but it’s also good for bankers and others who have businesses involved in agriculture or who will be impacted by the farm economy.”

Economists from the center and from the college’s department of agricultural and applied economics will deliver the economic outlook, which will focus on Georgia’s major commodities and the way that global markets, weather patterns and historical trends will affect them.

In addition to the economic outlook for 2018, attendees in Bainbridge, Lyons, Macon and Tifton will hear from Bob Redding of the Redding Firm in Washington, D.C. Redding will discuss major themes that may be addressed in the 2018 farm bill and moderate a discussion on the bill.

Attendees in Athens and Carrollton will hear from Matt Hauer of the UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government Applied Demography Program. This program provides state and local leaders with current demographic data and detailed population projections that enable Georgia leaders to more effectively address issues and plan for the future.

In 2017, Hauer worked with the Georgia House of Representatives Rural Development Council to provide the demographic data they needed to make recommendations for potential legislation.

The 2018 Georgia Ag Forecast sessions will be held on the following dates at the following locations:

Tuesday, Jan. 30: Lyons, Georgia – Toombs County Agri-Center

Thursday, Feb. 1: Bainbridge, Georgia – Decatur County Agricultural Center

Friday, Feb. 2: Tifton, Georgia – Tifton Campus Conference Center

Monday, Feb. 5: Macon, Georgia – Georgia Farm Bureau Building

Tuesday, Feb. 6: Cartersville, Georgia – Clarence Brown Conference Center

Wednesday, Feb. 7: Athens, Georgia – The Classic Center

The Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series is supported by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and Georgia Center of Innovation for Agribusiness.

For more information on the 2018 Georgia Ag Forecast series, visit georgiaagforecast.com or search for #gaagforecast on social media.