Georgia Magazine - October 2017 - 18
Sunbelt Ag Expo
North America's premier farm show highlights
latest technology and more
STORY AND PHOTOS BY JENNIFER J. HEWETT
efore the sun peeks over the edge of
Spence Field in Moultrie on the first day
of the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo each
October, more than 1,200 exhibitors and organizers have been busy for days. Among those
setting up trade displays at the annual event are
farm equipment and tire manufacturers, officials
with Georgia's agricultural commodities, workers from Southeastern agricultural colleges and
universities and groups such as Georgia 4-H,
Georgia Young Farmers and Georgia's electric
membership cooperatives (EMCs). The 600-acre
working farm's fields of corn, cotton, peanuts
and soybeans await harvesting, and fields of hay
lie ready for cutting, tedding, raking and baling. Soon,
more than 80,000 visitors from around the world will
arrive for North America's premier farm show.
It's no wonder Georgia is home to the Sunbelt Ag
Expo: Agriculture is Georgia's No. 1 industry, contributing
approximately $74.9 billion annually to the state's economy, according to the University of Georgia Center for
Agribusiness and Economic Development. The expo, set
for Oct. 17-19, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
Sunbelt is ideal for farmers seeking the latest in
agricultural research and everything they need to keep
Top: The Touchstone Energy Cooperatives hot-air balloon flies above the
expo grounds as the national anthem plays. Above: Visitors check out
the latest in aquaponics, which integrates fish and vegetable production.
Below, left: The Apostles of Bluegrass entertain guests at the 2016 Swisher
Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year luncheon.
their farms thriving. But you don't have to be a farmer to
enjoy all that the expo offers.
Visitors can browse the more than 1.6 million square
feet of exhibit space that offers shopping opportunities
for not only farm-related products and services but also
clothing, home products, food, gifts and more.
Georgia's EMCs share safety and energy-efficiency
When you go
The Sunbelt Agricultural Expo is
held Oct. 17-19 at Spence Field, 4 miles
southeast of U.S. Highway 319 on Highway
133. Physical address: 290-G Harper Blvd.,
Wear comfortable walking shoes and take sunscreen
or a hat, as most activities are outdoors. You can bring
in your own coolers and snacks, but they are subject to
search at the gate.
For admission prices, hours, parking and other information, visit sunbeltexpo.com.
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