I am honored to welcome you to north america’s
Premier Farm Show®, the 2018 Sunbelt ag expo. We
are thrilled to be celebrating yet another incredible
year at the expo here in moultrie. I am confident
that this week will once again be a memorable one as
attendees from across the Southeast fill the grounds to
experience all the latest and greatest developments in
agriculture products, services, and technology.
Probably more than any other industry, agriculture
is known to have its challenges. Whether it’s pest and
disease pressures, price fluctuations, labor woes, or
weather concerns, farmers are constantly seeking ways
to stay out in front of our ever-evolving industry.
With all of that in mind, there is no doubt that
southeastern farmers recognize Sunbelt ag expo as
the trade show for discovering the smartest and most
economical techniques to do business. The three days of
expo present some of the very best opportunities to get
a glimpse of the latest technologies, get educated on the
latest information about crops and practices, and visit
with fellow members of the agricultural community.
I encourage farmers — and all those involved in
the ag industry — to take the time to not only walk
through the exhibit halls and outdoor displays, but also
to put some real faces behind the huge economic engine
that is our state’s no. 1 industry.
While you are here, please be sure to visit us
in the Georgia agriculture Building, located near
the main entrance of the expo. now in our eighth
year, this partnership between the Georgia Farm
Bureau Federation and the Georgia department of
agriculture affords visitors the opportunity to enjoy
cooking demonstrations, renew their subscription to
the Farmers and Consumers market Bulletin, peruse
a portion of the Faces of Georgia agriculture photo
exhibit, and much more.
In addition, we will have staff available to discuss
the changes made to the Georgia agricultural Tax
exemption program (Ga Te) during the 2018 Georgia
General assembly. The 2019 Ga Te renewal process
will officially begin nov. 1, 2018, and our friendly
and knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer any
questions you may have.
each year this event brings many new and exciting
opportunities to our state, and I am confident that
this edition of Sunbelt ag expo will not disappoint. I
would like to wish all of our exhibitors and attendees a
successful week, and I look forward to visiting with you
over the next few days.
Welcome from Georgia’s
Commissioner of Agriculture
Gary W. Black
GEORGIA AG COMMISSIONER