Georgia Magazine - October 2017 - 20
Little Miss Sunbelt Rodeo Princess Lily
Mothershed from Moultrie and Miss Sunbelt Rodeo Queen Brittany Howard from
Slaughters, Ky., greet guests at the 2016
Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year luncheon.
Ronald Drayton with Wrens-based Jefferson
Energy Cooperative shows onlookers the dangers
of coming into contact with power lines during a
high-voltage safety demonstration at the Georgia
electric cooperatives' tent.
information and present a high-voltage safety demonstration several times a day. Early birds, be sure to look for
the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives hot-air balloon as
it flies over the expo grounds each morning during the
singing of the national anthem; if you miss it, there's also
an afternoon flyover, weather permitting.
Groups of 4-H'ers and FFA students learn how
technology helps farms of all sizes. Visitors can sit in on
the many seminars and demonstrations featuring sheep,
goats, fish, poultry, aquaponics and vegetable gardening. Beef farmers can learn what's new in forages for
their cattle, while specialists show visitors how cows and
goats are milked. Don't miss the Cow Milking Contest, in
which officials from state agricultural universities compete for bragging rights.
In the market for a new commercial truck, trailer or
other types of farm equipment? Sign up to test-drive a
tractor, utility vehicle or other specialized equipment.
Food vendors at the expo serve up sandwiches,
meat-and-three plates, barbecue and homemade desserts;
product vendors offer samples
of their salsas, honey and
more. Sip some orange juice,
snack on a bag of peanuts,
taste goat-milk ice cream
and try the newest variet-
Morgan County dairyman
named Georgia Farmer of the Year
Everett Williams, a board member for Central
Georgia Electric Membership Corp. (EMC) in Jackson,
has been selected as the state winner of the Swisher
Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year.
The dairy farmer from Madison joins nine other state
winners as finalists for the overall award that will be announced on Oct. 17 at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie.
"Everett is a good example of a modern dairy farmer," says Lucy Ray, Extension agent in Morgan County,
who nominated Williams for the award. "He's very
involved in his community and in the dairy industry."
Williams also serves on the board of Georgia
Transmission Corp. in Tucker, is president of the Georgia
Milk Producers and serves on the University of Georgia
Veterinary School advisory board.
The Southeastern Farmer of the Year program
began in 1990. Ten states participate in the program:
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,
Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
For more information, visit sunbeltexpo.com/foty.
ies of peanut butter in sheds that feature products from
throughout the Southeast.
Georgia Department of Agriculture Executive Chef
Holly Chute prepares recipes featuring Georgia Grown
products, and the Georgia Peanut Commission serves
up grilled peanut butter and honey sandwiches. Other
Georgia chefs and entrepreneurs show visitors how to
incorporate their products into meals.
The fun continues during the daily antique-tractor
parade and American Grand Finals Stock Dog Trial, plus
equine demonstrations, in which riders deftly maneuver
their horses around obstacles.
These are just a few of the highlights of the Sunbelt
Ag Expo. Enjoy these photos of some things to see and
do, and then get out and explore the expo this month!
Jennifer J. Hewett is the managing editor at GEORGIA
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