Upcoming Ag Initiatives for Georgia Agribusiness Council Members


On September 20, the Council submitted a letter to EPA stating our support for the re-registration of atrazine. The deadline is October 4th.

We expect a heavy rush of negative comments from the anti-pesticide clubs in the remaining days ahead, and we want to encourage letters from the ag industry to help offset their efforts. Submitting quality comments with valid and informed opinions regarding atrazine re-registration and the importance that it plays in weed control in many crops is very important. In addition, www.AGsense.org is a very helpful resource for background information on atrazine. 

Click here to access talking points and a sample letter for your use. It takes only a few minutes to submit comments. We believe the actions by EPA will be precedent setting and will have a tremendous impact on future risk assessments for all agricultural products, so please engage on this issue. Thank you!

Our friends at the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) in Washington DC are hosting a Southeastern Ag Retail Forum in Valdosta, GA at the Rainwater Conference Center October 19, 2016.

This conference will be a convenient and inexpensive way to learn more about national and regional agricultural issues. You will be able to meet and talk with those that are representing agriculture at a national, regional and state level. Representatives from ARA, Georgia Agribusiness Council, Georgia Plant Food Educational Society, Alabama Agribusiness Council, and Florida Fertilizer and Agrichemical Association will be on hand to discuss current ag retailer issues. Meeting includes a VIP trip to the Sunbelt Ag Expo for a quick tour. Transportation will be provided for Sunbelt Ag Expo attendees. Click here to see the full agenda and register.

Agricultural Labor Relations Forum hosted by Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association will be held November 1-2, 2016, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference CenterGAC is proud to be a sponsor of this event. 

The latest updates for growers, shippers, processors and other agricultural professionals regarding labor relations matters will be discussed. Hear advice from industry experts to help you engage and comply with all labor regulations. Labor issues are becoming increasingly difficult for farm, forestry and landscape agribusinesses. This will be a great event to learn more about opportunities and programs to ensure that you have the latest knowledge and compliance information regarding current labor laws. Click here for details and to register.

Be sure to attend the Georgia National Fair in Perry, GA, during the October 6 - 16 event dates. While there, you'll want to visit the Georgia Grown Building to experience Georgia’s #1 industry. You'll find plenty of unique goods and get great recipes in the Georgia Grown Pavilion. Advance tickets are just $9 for a one-day pass. Click here order tickets in advance. 
The  39th Annual Sunbelt Ag Expo set for October 18th – 20th held at Spence Field in Moultrie, GA.  The show will include the presentation of the Swisher Sweet Southeastern Farmer of the Year Award, Field Demonstration trials for new cropping systems and enhanced plant varieties, the latest technology and equipment from agribusinesses. Tickets are just $10 in advance or at the gate. Get your tickets here.

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