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October 02, 2001   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
October 02, 2001

As agriculture enters a new era -- technologically and economically--farmers are finding the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition a vital part of their planning team.

"We are proud to showcase one of the largest venues of agriculture technology in the world," said Chip Blalock, Sunbelt Expo Executive Director. "Every year, farmers are able to take information and new technology garnered from the show and directly apply it to their operation."

Over 1,100 exhibitors and thousands of visitors are again expected to attend the Expo. This year's show will be held October 16-18 in Moultrie, GA. Established in 1978, the Sunbelt Expo has expanded to become the largest farm show in the world with on-site field crops and demonstrations.

In the fields this year, the three-day event will showcase silage corn and turf grass in addition to the traditional demonstrations in cotton, peanuts, hay, corn and soybeans. Quality corn silage--produced through custom harvesting--is becoming a profitable farming rotation opportunity due to demand from dairymen. Sod harvesters and spriggers will again join the traditional harvesting equipment in the Sunbelt fields this year.

"Our 600-acre working farm really makes us unique," Blalock said, "Visitors see the latest harvesting and tillage techniques in a true farm setting."

A Precision Agriculture section at the Expo will highlight efficiency on the farm. Precise applications of fertilizers and pesticides not only improve the farmer's bottom line, but also help them become even better stewards of the environment. The latest in Auto-Steer tractor technology from Trimble Navigation will be showcased in the tractor driving range. You will have the opportunity to test drive this new technology that will be the norm on the farm five to ten years down the road.

Animal care is another strong component of the Sunbelt Expo, and the show's diversity in this area grows each year. Cattlemen attain valuable management knowledge at the Beef Cattle Management Seminars. Goat and alpaca demonstrations are also offered as well as entertaining horse exhibitions and the American Grand Finals Stock Dog Trials.

Tractor and other farm implements remain the focus of the Expo's equipment area. Visitors have the opportunity to actually "try out" different models at the tractor and truck driving ranges in the fields. Also, do not miss the display of All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)--which has exploded in growth in the past few years.

Other sections at the show include a Small Farm Center, Forestry, the Progressive Farmer Automotive area, Lawn and Gardening, Hunting and Fishing, and Family Living. Everyone will also enjoy the daily parade of Antique Tractors led by the Southern States Percheron Hitch.

Georgia is the spotlight state this year, so look for a focus on agriculture as a "way of life" for producers of peanuts, pecans, rye, chicken broilers and eggs, cotton, and peaches. Also, find out more about emerging markets in ornamental plants, turf grass, and catfish production.

The Sunbelt Expo is located four miles southeast of U.S. Highway 319 on Highway 133 near Moultrie, Ga. Show hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday and Wednesday and 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on Thursday. Admission is $5 per person/per day. Children 6 and under are admitted free with parent. For more information, visit www.sunbeltexpo.com or contact the Expo office at info@sunbeltexpo.com, (229) 985-1968, Fax (229) 890-8518, 290-G Harper Blvd, Moultrie, Ga. 31768.

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