MOULTRIE — Agriculturalists and agribusinessmen of all walks get the chance this week to meet, greet, innovate and impress each other with new breakthroughs in the world of ag. The Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition started Tuesday and runs through Thursday.
The Expo presents “more than 1,200 exhibits of the latest in farming technology,” its website read. It’s a lot to take in, Becca Turner, Sunbelt Expo vice president of marketing and public relations, said.
She hopes all attendees will get a chance to experience everything the Expo has to offer.
“We’re on record to have a really great show,” she said. “The true mission of the Sunbelt Expo is education.”
The Expo holds true to its mission by delivering at least 30 seminars and demonstrations a day. Topics include sheep, goats, poultry, crops and farm management to name a few.
Turner said it’s placing emphasis on hurricane after-effects and recovery, specifically with beef, cattle and poultry.
This year’s luncheon on Tuesday featured Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, Gov. Brian Kemp, American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.
“We will culminate the luncheon by announcing those 10 farmers of the year winners as well as the overall winner,” Turner said.
In the running for Farmer of the Year are Robert Dickey III of Georgia; Michael McDowell of Virginia; Jerry Ray of Tennessee; Sidi Limehouse of South Carolina; Johnny Wishon of North Carolina; Ted Parker of Mississippi; Danny Cunningham of Kentucky; Charles Obern of Florida; Chris Isbell of Arkansas; and Hank Richardson of Alabama.
The 30th annual winner will receive a $15,000 cash prize, a year’s use of a Massey-Ferguson product tractor and more.
The Expo will begin at 8:30 a.m. each day, ending at 5 p.m. Wednesday and 4 p.m. on Thursday. Daily admission is $10 and three-day passes are $20. Door prizes are available for all in attendance and can be registered for on-site.
Turner suggests that all attendees plan before they come.
“There is so much to see. If you’re only planning to be there one day certainly, I would try to hit the areas that are most interesting to you,” she said. “Know what you’re interested in and what you want to see so that you can make the most of your day at the expo.”
For more information and/or a schedule of events, visit their site at sunbeltexpo.com.