NORTH AMERICA’S PREMIER FARM SHOW™
Another great show experience for you
at 39th Sunbelt Agricultural Expo
By JOHN LEIDNER
Welcome to the 39th Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition — the giant farm show that’s held each October in south Georgia near the town of Moultrie. This year, Expo will take place (as it always does), on a Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; the dates are Oct. 18, 19, and 20.
The Expo has become an annual tradition since the first show in
1978. It’s held at Spence Field, an old air base that has been converted into a modern facility with the best in indoor exhibition buildings,
outdoor exhibition space, and a large research farm.
Over the years, the Expo has come to epitomize the fall season
in the Sunbelt states. Sunbelt Expo truly is
North America’s Premier Farm Show™.
Come to the show and you will see
farm-related exhibits on 100 acres. The site
includes a 600-acre working research farm
where all of the major crops grown in the
Southeast will be harvested. The crops include cotton, peanuts, corn, soybeans and
bermudagrass hay. Also during the show,
tillage will take place on the land where
the field crops were grown and harvested.
Many people have worked long hours
to make sure your experience at Expo will be both memorable and
valuable for your farming operation. You’ll see the results of this hard
work when you come to the show — and before the show begins as
you read this o;cial program.
A GUIDE TO THE SHOW
Think of this o;cial show guide as you would a valuable farm tool.
Read it, study it, and use it to plan your visit to the exhibits. This program will help you make the most of your time at the Expo by allowing you to select and to visit those exhibits that can help make you
a better farmer.
The Expo show dates in mid-October were originally selected to
minimize the likelihood of rain. And over the previous 38 years, there
have been very few days that were adversely impacted by weather.
But if it does rain, you’ll find plenty of indoor exhibit space where you
can profitably spend your time until the precipitation ceases.
With more than 1,200 exhibits, it is true that you won’t be able to
see every one of them, even if you spend all three days at the show.
So plan to make the best use of your time. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Typically, mornings at Expo tend to be cool
and then temps heat up in the afternoon.
SOUTH CAROLINA: SPOTLIGHT STATE
Be sure to check out the South Carolina Spotlight State exhibit (lo-
cation B- 6). The diversity of agriculture in the Palmetto State will be
on full display in the Spotlight State exhibit. Representatives of farm
organizations and agricultural colleges and
universities will sta; the displays in the
Spotlight State exhibit building.
South Carolina’s agricultural diversity will also be represented in the Swisher
Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer
of the Year awards. South Carolina’s 2016
Farmer of the Year is a professional beekeeper and honey producer.
The Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo
Southeastern Farmer of the Year awards
will celebrate the 27th anniversary of the
overall Farmer of the Year award, the winner to be announced on the
opening day of the show. During the 27 years of the award, Swisher
International has contributed well over $1 million in prizes and other
honors to farmers of the Southeast.
Elsewhere in this o;cial Expo program, you’ll be able to read
about the many accomplishments of the 10 outstanding farmers
who have been named state recipients of this year’s Swisher Sweets/
Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year awards.
On the exhibit grounds, the aquaculture and fish pond exhibit
section has undergone a major expansion, with new displays of the
exciting production technology of aquaponics (location F- 8).
Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics.
In aquaponics, conventional fish culture is combined with hydro-
SEE MORE THAN 4,000 PRODUCTS
Cotton harvesting field demonstration