THE SUNBELT AG EXPO prides itself on working with land grant colleges and universities across the Southeast, says Executive Director
Chip Blalock. “It’s a partnership that allows visitors to see some of
these universities showcased at the Expo.”
The University of Georgia Expo Building will host an interactive
game about the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’
education, research, and outreach across the state. Through local
Cooperative Extension offices, 4-H clubs, and contributions to the
state’s food, fiber, and horticulture sectors at research stations and
farms, UGA influences Georgians in all 159 counties. CAES educates
about 2,000 students annually, and has more than 11,000 alumni residing across the state. Prizes will be awarded to game players with
the best responses to questions about CAES’s impact in Georgia.
“Many citizens and young people may not be aware of the total
impact CAES faculty and staff play in the economy and in their own
lives,” says UGA CAES Dean Sam Pardue. “We want people to know
about the great partnerships we have made, as well as our programs
that are available to everyone.”
UGA’s Expo building will also have a revamped UGA Extension
area where attendees can talk with agents, browse publications,
and play “Jeopardy” to learn about health and sustainability, this
year’s special topics. Participants will learn how Extension can help
make their homes, farms, and communities safer and healthier plac-
es to live, work, and play. There will also be a focus on conservation
of resources, like water and energy.
Auburn University’s showcase will include exhibits highlighting
research and Extension programs that impact producers, businesses, communities, and economies of the southeastern region. Topics
will include beef, poultry, water resources, newly developed peanut
varieties, and more.
Auburn will be represented by its College of Agriculture, as well
as the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Auburn researchers and Extension
agents will be available to discuss and answer questions regarding
agricultural topics. Student recruiters will also be available to discuss
academic and career opportunities with future agricultural leaders.
Fort Valley State University, the 1890 land grant University in
Georgia, will have food, demonstrations, and activities for all ages.
Exhibits featuring drones, aquaculture, and goat research are just
some of the highlights in the main complex.
Visitors can tour the Mobile Information Technology Center, a
state-of-the art semi-trailer on wheels with wi-fi. The unit is available to communities, and can be used for training sessions on
subjects such as record keeping, internet safety, and technology
education. Guests visiting the main complex, located at Section B- 5
Building 279, can receive samples of goat products, such as jerky,
barbeque, burgers, goat milk soap, and goat milk ice cream.
During Ag Appreciation Day, visitors can win prizes by playing
games such as Plinko, corn hole toss, and answering agricultural
trivia questions. Demonstrations on cooking, gardening, and home
energy saving tips are also scheduled.
In Agribusiness Building 1, an outreach coordinator will be on
hand to answer questions about FVSU’s agriculture academic programs. These include veterinary science, electronic engineering
technology, and family and consumer sciences. Marquinta Gonzalez, FVSU director of agricultural communications, says the institution is always eager to display its work in agriculture on a national
It has been 53 years since Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College hosted Dealer Days on its campus in 1964. At this year’s Expo,
visitors will get to look at five different segments of college life at
the ABAC venue.
The building includes a front porch, Golden Stallion mascot
statue, and the famous pulling tractors. Students, faculty, staff, and
administrators will be there to greet visitors at the exhibit, and interactive games will allow guests to learn more about the college.
ABAC alumni learn the importance of their role with the Alumni
Association and its many activities, including Homecoming 2018.
Prospective students can get a taste of ABAC through displays, brochures, and conversations with current students. ABAC students will
offer entertainment options for Expo visitors.
The Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village became
a part of the ABAC campus in 2010 and now occupies a special part
of the ABAC building at Expo. Museum interpreters will showcase
new Ag and Natural Resources educational programming and
the Rolling Store at the ABAC building. ABAC souvenirs, including
t-shirts, sweatshirts, and caps will be available.
As ABAC prepares the next generation of leaders in agriculture
and natural resources, the college is proud to partner with many
ag organizations that support students through internships, hiring
ABAC graduates, contributions of equipment and other resources,
and donations for scholarships.
If you are interested in learning more about how your organization can partner with ABAC, please contact Deidre Mercer Martin at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 229.391.4907 for more details.
The Clemson University Building will be loaded with cutting
edge information, demonstrations, and simulators representing
agriculture, South Carolina’s largest industry. Clemson University,
South Carolina Department of Agriculture, and South Carolina Farm
Bureau Federation will be working together to make sure everyone
who visits the Clemson Building has an enjoyable and educational
experience, and walks away with a better understanding of South
Visitors will gain a greater understanding of what Clemson
University, as a land grant institution, offers to existing and po-
tential students, and what Clemson Public Service and Agri-
culture provides to the citizens of South Carolina and beyond.
There will be numerous demonstrations, simulations, etc., in and
around the Clemson Building. Hunter Massey (CAFLS) will be assisted
by several students and will be serving as the centerpiece of the South
Carolina exhibit. This year, for the first time ever, there will be interac-
tive food safety demonstrations taking place throughout the Expo.
Dr. Matthew Burns, Clemson Extension Livestock and Forages
Team Leader, will be bringing several Extension agents from his
team to assist with multiple exhibits, such as the calving dystocia
simulator. Dr. Steve Cole of Clemson Department of Pesticide Regu-
lation and his team will be providing critical updates and informa-
tion. This is only a small sample of what can be expected when visit-
ing the Clemson Building — there will be much, much more.
Other colleges and universities that will be showcasing at Sunbelt Expo are Albany State University, Albany Technical College, Florida A&M, Southern Regional Technical College, Thomas University,
University of Florida, and South Georgia Technical College.
partnership an essential
part of Expo