BY LOREN LINDLER
SUNBELT AG EXPO prides itself in working
with land grant colleges and universities
across the Southeast, a partnership that will
allow visitors to learn about the many opportunities each school has to offer.
The Clemson 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
will be working together to make sure everyone who visits the exhibits walks away with
a better understanding of the state’s agriculture. In addition, hosts want their visitors to
gain a better understanding of what a land
grant institution offers to both existing and
Back by popular demand, the Clemson
Extension Food Safety and Technology demonstration trailer will showcase numerous
presentations and educational seminars. In
the Clemson Building, Hunter Massey (CAFLS)
and several students will be serving as the
centerpiece for South Carolina agriculture.
Clemson Extension and the Clemson Department of Pesticide Regulation will be providing critical updates with regard to the issues
affecting today’s farming community.
And not to worry, there will be plenty of
orange tiger paws!
In 1964, the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition started off at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College as “Dealer Days,” a small farm
show sponsored by faculty and staff. Today,
ABAC takes great pride in supporting the
Expo, and has been an Expo exhibitor from
In the past few years, ABAC has added a
building on the Expo grounds in hopes that
students, both past and present, will stop by
to learn about life at ABAC. Students, faculty,
staff, and administrators will be on hand to
greet visitors at the exhibit and share details
about the many majors, clubs, and opportunities ABAC has to offer.
The ABAC building also welcomes alumni
to talk about the “good ol’ days,”and learn how
they can become involved with the Alumni
Association. Along with learning about life
at ABAC, they can learn about the Georgia
Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village.
In 2010, the GMA became part of the ABAC
campus, and now occupies a special part of
the ABAC Building at the Expo. Museum interpreters will showcase educational opportunities that will allow Expo goers, both young
and old, to learn more about agriculture and
Florida A&M University will focus on the
four areas of their Cooperative Extension
Program: Agriculture and Natural Resourc-
es, 4-H Youth Development, Community
Resource Development, and Family Con-
sumer Sciences. While at the FAMU exhibit,
attendees can learn about efforts being made
to promote sustainable practices for small
farms and community and economic growth.
Expo goers can also learn more about
nutrition and wellness, food resource man-
agement, and home and community gar-
dening. 4-H Youth Development will focus
on science-based educational activities and
social skill-building activities for adolescents
The University of Georgia building will
feature groundbreaking research topics, with
an interactive game for visitors to see which
type of Ag Dawg research best suits them.
UGA Extension faculty will have information
about protecting pollinators, precision irrigation, and much more. The famous College
of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
game wheel will again make an appearance,
along with an Ag Dawg tailgate and photo booth.
The Auburn University
showcase will include exhibits that highlight research
and Extension programs
that impact producers, communities, and economies
throughout the Southeast.
The topics will include beef,
poultry, water resources,
and more. Auburn will have
Extension personnel available to discuss a variety
of agricultural questions or topics. Stop by
the Auburn exhibit for fun activities and
giveaways for students, potential students,
Fort Valley State University’s College of
Agriculture, Family Sciences, and Technology
will feature food, fun, and exhibitions at four
locations. A participant at the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo for more than 40 years, FVSU is
a staple at the event.
FVSU’s Mobile Information Technology
Center, a state-of-the art computer facility
on wheels, can be toured by visitors at the
main site. Displays featuring drones, aquaculture, and goat research are just some of the
exhibits featured in its main complex, where
guests will have the opportunity to sample a
variety of goat products, and take a chance on
winning prizes by playing games and answering agricultural trivia questions.
In the Morton building, an outreach coordinator will be on hand to answer questions
about the majors FVSU has to offer in agriculture, which include veterinary science,
electronic engineering technology, and
family and consumer sciences. The Will R.
Getz Small Ruminant Section, named after
the late FVSU professor, will have lectures and
seminars focusing on the care and production
of sheep and goats.
Other colleges and universities that will be
showcasing at the Sunbelt Expo are the University of Florida and Albany State University.
Expo has long relationship with land grant colleges
ABAC social media interns model Georgia Grown, Georgia Sewn
t-shirts, released for the first time at the 2017 Sunbelt Ag Expo.
This college partnership is one of many that allows the Expo to
continue to thrive.