Led by increases in forestry and livestock values, Georgia’s agricultural output increased by $484 million in 2014, making agriculture, once again, the largest industry in the state with a value of $14.1 billion. According to the most recent University of Georgia Farmgate Value Report, published earlier this month, the value of Georgia’s livestock and aquaculture industries increased by almost 36 percent from 2013. The significant increase in beef prices in 2014 combined with anticipated high prices have led Georgia farmers to increase their herds. In one year the value of the state’s beef cattle production rose by $443,394,105 to $1.089 billion, making it the second most valuable commodity group in the state. Coordinated by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development (CAED), the Farmgate Value Report is one of the most comprehensive annual studies of its kind. Eighty-six Georgia commodities are evaluated. UGA Cooperative Extension agents, who work closely with farmers in every county, collect data that other surveys can’t, said Kent Wolfe, director of the center and an ag economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “It’s an on-the-ground survey of what Georgia farmers are growing,” he said. “It’s really the only study of its depth in the nation. We collect more data than the federal agencies and on more commodities than they are able to survey.” Whereas larger surveys may not count emerging or niche commodities, like southern peas for example, the UGA Farmgate Value Report does. Southern peas, like black-eyed peas, are a $5-million-a-year-business in Georgia. “We can look at the economic impact of those commodities on the state and county level,” Wolfe said. “Besides providing agriculture’s economic contribution, it provides a picture of how many people are involved in agriculture across the state and in the county, as well as the impact that their businesses have.” The detail also makes the report invaluable for spotting emerging trends, whether it’s an uptick in commercial okra production or a surging beef market. “It gives Georgia a unique tool that other states don’t have,” Wolfe said. The UGA CAED offers the report free to the public. To view or print the 2014 report, visit the center’s website at www.caes.uga.edu/center/caed/. Here are some facts from this year’s report: Madison County had the highest overall farm gate value in 2014 ($521,421,196) with more than half generated by poultry and eggs. Georgia’s most valuable vegetable crop in 2014 was grown in Colquitt County, with $155 million in vegetable production.Crisp County may be home to the “watermelon capital of the world,” but in 2014 Tift County was No. 1 in Georgia, generating a farm gate value of $18.4 million.Georgia’s most valuable vegetable crop in 2014 was onions with a value of $138.25 million.Ornamental greenhouse plants accounted for $265.4 million in Georgia in 2014.Dooly County topped the state in 2014 cotton production with a value of $48.2 million. Miller County topped the state in 2014 peanut production, generating a farm gate value of $33.4 million.Georgia farmers grew $335.25 million worth of blueberries in 2014.
Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 226 weeks ago An amazing design. Samson is a truly gifted artist. This may make for the most attractive festival T-shirts yet. Report Reply 0 replies · active 226 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow â€” This year the winning 116th Kansas Wheat Festival Button was designed by Samson Ledesma ofÂ Wellington.Â Ledesma is a proud Kansan and passionate about the history and future of theÂ Kansas Wheat Festival.Â He grew up in the Wheat Capital of the World and enjoys raisingÂ his family in his hometown.Samson LedesmaÂ Samson is an independent artist offering video production, graphic design, and both digital and traditional illustration.Â See some of his work online atÂ samsonswell.blogspot.com,Â samsonswell.comÂ or connect with him on Facebook atÂ facebook.com/SamsonsWell.Â Ledesma currently has a display of some of his traditional portrait illustrations at the Wellington Public Library, now through the first week of May.This year the button showcases a modern design featuring two silhouettes, one of a grain elevator and the other ofÂ the classic carousel that is present each year at the Kansas Wheat Festival from OttawayÂ Amusement Co. The pleasing aesthetic of this button design features golden wheat and a golden sun full of opportunity andÂ warmth.As the winning designer, he will receive $500 in cash, two Kansas Wheat Festival t-shirts and twoÂ buttons along with all the bragging rights.Â Once the premier sponsor is selected the official button will include the premier sponsorâ€™s logo.This year the Kansas Wheat Festival will be featuring several new events â€“ including the Wheat Capital Quilt Show, Edible Book Display Contest, Esteemed Townsfolk Spelling Bee and much, much more! The planning committee also intends to add a Fishing Tournament, Disc Golf Tournament, Wheat Homebrew Contest.Classic components of the Kansas Wheat Festival include Picnic in the Park, Family Fun Day, Arts & Craft Show, Car Show, Downtown Art Exhibit, Parade, Softball Tournament, Candidate Forum, Ag & Home Show and three Street Dances featuring, Little Texas, The Mudbugs and Across the Pond.To join the Kansas Wheat Festival planning team, email the Kansas Wheat Festival Director, Annarose White at [email protected] or call 620-326-7466. To sign up to receive updates from the Chamber and Kansas Wheat Festival, sign up for the newsletter online at www.wellingtonkschamber.com.Follow us on Twitter.