2018-03-21 / Front Page

Georgia Agriculture Awareness Week

Georgia Agriculture Awareness Week March 19-23 is full of statewide activities, according to the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

Hands-On School Garden Day on March 19 is an opportunity to showcase the important work students, faculty and staff are doing in school gardens across the state.

The final round of competition in the Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest was on March 20.

The Flavor of Georgia contest is organized annually by the UGA Center of Agribusiness and Economic Development. Many of the products entered in this contest are sold in regional and national markets. As a result of the contest, some have increased their wholesale distribution or internet sales or experienced better traffic at local farmers markets.

On Ag Heroes Day March 21, Georgians are encouraged to celebrate agriculture heroes in their community by writing a note to farmers thanking them for the food and fiber they provide. Schools are encouraged to invite a local Ag Hero into classrooms to discuss the importance of agriculture and the impact farming has on the economy.

Georgia Farm Bureau is providing guidance for Ag Literacy Day on March 22. Volunteers will be reading a designated agriculture literacy book to a local school classroom.

For Make my Plate Georgia Grown Day, March 23, the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Program and the Georgia Department of Education's School Nutrition Program have partnered to create a Georgia Grown menu to feature local products in school cafeterias across the state.

County Farm Bureaus and agriculture organizations are holding events in their local communities throughout the month of March to raise awareness of agriculture.

The top 10 agricultural commodities produced in Georgia are broilers, cotton, eggs, timber, peanuts, beef, greenhouse plants, dairy, pecans and blueberries according to the CAED Ag Snapshots report. In 2016, each of these commodities generated more than $283 million in farm gate value.

For more information visit the Ag Awareness Week website.

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