BY JOHN LEIDNER
IF IT’S FAll in south Georgia, it’s time for Sunbelt Ag expo. The
annual celebration is much like a family reunion for all the businesses
and industries that serve agriculture in the southeastern u.S.
It was established as a place where farmers and their families
could take a well-deserved break from their daily chores to enjoy a
unique opportunity to see firsthand what the agricultural industry
has to offer, and to catch a glimpse of the future of farming.
The agriculture-based trade show is held each October at Spence
Field near Moultrie, Ga. Known as “north America’s Premier Farm
Show®,” expo features more than 1,200 exhibits that showcase the
latest in farming technology. It’s the place farmers can come to
obtain practical information on how to be better at what they do.
Whether you are a large acreage production farmer, or a weekend
lifestyle farmer, home gardener, or just someone with an interest in
rural living, expo is an event you won’t want to miss.
expo has a unique site for its displays. For instance, you’ll find a
100-acre exhibit area, plus an adjoining 600-acre working research
farm. The exhibit area will have a good mix of outdoor displays, along
with indoor exhibits in permanent buildings. These exhibits will carry
virtually any, and every, product or service a farmer or someone who
lives in the country would need.
This official program is your best resource for finding out
everything there is to see and do at this big farm show. use this
program to plan your visit through the 100 acres of exhibits, and be
sure to bring it with you when you come to expo.
harvesting and tillage demonstrations in the crop fields set the
expo apart and above most other agricultural trade shows. Visiting
farmers can follow along as crops are harvested, and get a closeup
look at combines and other farm machinery in operation. Tractor-
drawn shuttle wagons will carry visitors out to the fields where
cotton, peanuts, and hay are being harvested, and will then return
everyone to the exhibit grounds.
The harvesting and tillage demonstrations, as well as the equipment driving ranges and precision agriculture demonstrations, all
provide opportunities to see and compare a wide range of equipment
in an actual working farm setting. expo is also one of the best venues
for comparing different brands of irrigation equipment. Company
representatives and specialists will be in the fields and at exhibits to
Innovation, science, technology, and education are all a part of
the Sunbelt Agricultural exposition, the largest farm show in the
Southeast, and the largest farm show in the u.S. to offer harvesting
and tillage field demonstrations.
Animal agriculture provides a living for many Sunbelt farmers
and ranchers, and expo will have a good selection of animal-related
exhibits. You’ll find special exhibit sections focusing on horses, beef
cattle, sheep and goats, dairy cattle, poultry, alpacas, and fish and
In addition to static exhibits, visitors can also attend educational
and entertaining seminars, and demonstrations for a variety of
specialized agricultural industries. These presentations will be among
the highlights of the beef, horse, sheep and goat, aquaculture,
alpaca, dairy and poultry exhibits. Also check out the presentations
on electrical safety, backyard gardening, and sustainable living.
If you’re interested in fishing, pond management, or fish farming,
be sure to visit the aquaculture exhibits on the northernmost part
of the exhibit grounds. A master catfish chef will provide cooking
demonstrations, while children can test their casting skills in fish
ponds. Seminars by university fish experts will cover a wide variety
of topics, including aquaponics, a production system that combines
aspects of aquaculture with hydroponics.
Other special sections cover agribusiness, tractors and equipment,
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irrigation, precision agriculture, livestock, forestry, antique tractors,
pickup and automotive exhibits, lawn and garden products,
electricity, propane gas, hunting and fishing, family living, backyard
gardening, all-terrain vehicles, and stock dogs.
expo works closely with 22 land grant colleges and universities in
the Southeast. Many of these schools will have their own excellent
educational exhibits at the show, while others will share the expertise
of their researchers and extension specialists who help make expo’s
educational demonstrations and seminars so informative.
You’ll be able to see an antique tractor parade starting at 2 p.m.
each day. And when these machines from bygone days are not rolling
through the show grounds, you can find them in the outside static
displays at location WC- 7 in the western section of the exhibit grounds.
You’ll also find test driving tracks for tractors, trucks, and all-terrain
vehicles. Some of these will be found along the Farm Shop Road,
the main field road leading from the exhibit area and past the expo
farm shop, before eventually reaching the crop fields in the Darrell
Williams Research Farm. Driving tracks for all-terrain vehicles will be
found in the easternmost part of the exhibit grounds, near the active
aircraft runway and parked airplanes at locations b- 13 and C- 13.
each year, the Sunbelt expo highlights the agriculture of
one of ten southeastern states, and this year the spotlight is
on the Commonwealth of Kentucky, home to America’s best-
known horse race, the Kentucky Derby. but, there’s much more to
Much to see and do at 2018 Sunbelt Ag expo
here’s how to make the most of your time