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September 23, 2009   Email to Friend 

Sunbelt Ag Expo Aims To Save Farmers Time, Money

Equipment demonstrations will be part of the Sunbelt Ag Expo at Spence Field in Moultrie, Ga.
A wide array of labor-saving products, cutting edge technology and interactive educational exhibits await visitors who attend the 32nd Sunbelt Ag Expo on Oct. 20-22 in Moultrie, Ga.

Billed as "North America's Premier Farm Show®, the Expo attracts more than 1,200 exhibitors and 100,000 attendees. In our current climate of economic uncertainty, organizers say, a trip to this year's Expo is a must for farmers, agribusinessmen and rural homeowners.

"One visit to the Expo saves you time, money and effort which, in today's economy, is a smart decision by any measure," says Chip Blalock, the Expo's executive director.

"In one day, you can evaluate models and brands that might not be readily available in your area through state-of-the-art field machinery demonstrations, as well as view cutting-edge research practices and interactive educational exhibits. The Expo really offers the most efficient means of finding it all in one place at one time."

In addition to gaining hands-on access to the newest and most innovative products on the market, attendees will benefit from the multitude of free seminars and demonstrations featuring some of the agricultural industry's top experts. The first technology innovations and solutions seminars, sponsored by Farm Press and hosted by Southern States Cooperative, will highlight what is on the horizon for seeds, crop protection, precision agriculture, fertilizer and more.

Animal agriculture displays continue to expand with demonstrations, exhibits and seminars for beef cattle, dairy, poultry and aquaculture. In recent years, horse- and other equine-related activities have broadened to include a variety of horse-and-rider competitions. These live demonstrations, as well as static equipment displays, create a truly unique experience for horse enthusiasts of all walks, from commercial equine operations to hobbyists.

Another highlight is the 20th annual Swisher Sweets / Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year Award contest, featuring outstanding farmers from 10 Southeastern states, including David Wright of Plantersville. The overall winner will be announced Oct. 20.

Gardening enthusiasts can learn the latest tricks and tools to making backyard gardening easier and more successful in a series of backyard gardening seminars. A number of presenters will provide tips and advice to gardeners. Information on organic vegetable gardens, tomato displays and drip irrigation will help consumers learn how to grow their own food safely and economically.

The Sunbelt Ag Expo is held at Spence Field, a former airbase, on 1,680 acres four miles southeast of U.S. Highway 319 on Georgia Highway 133. Show hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is $10 per person per day with ages 6 and under admitted free with a parent.

For more information, visit www.SunbeltExpo.com or e-mail info@sunbeltexpo.com or phone (229) 985-1968.

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