Georgia Farm Business Education Conference


Take Your Agribusiness to the Next Level

Successful growers and producers are first and foremost business people. Develop a better understanding of business concepts and best practices to apply to your agricultural operation. Throughout this conference, our experts will conduct sessions on business topics relevant to both commercial growers and producers and value-added agricultural ventures.

One size does not fit all in agriculture. This conference allows participants to choose the topics most important to them.

COST: $49
TIME: 9:00 AM – 4 PM (lunch included)
LOCATION: Nessmith-Lane Conference Center, Statesboro, Georgia

Brought to You By:

  • UGA Extension
  • UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

Key Takeaways

Farm Management: Spanning the Generational Gap

  • Review best practices for developing a business plan for your Ag operation, including considerations for passing the business from one generation to the next.

Funding Options & Expectations

  • Learn from experienced Ag lenders about key tips to help get your request funded. Discussion will include how to successfully obtain operating lines, real estate/farm loans and working capital funding.

HR Best Practices for Agribusiness

  • Receive key tips and tools from experienced certified human resources professionals on how to manage people in your farm operation.

Policy Updates that Impact Farm Businesses

  • Hear key updates on recent policies that will impact growers and producers.

Food and Production Safety

  • Discuss requirements and considerations for food safety and processing of agricultural commodities.

From Seed to Shelf: Sales and Marketing Considerations

  • Hear tips from professionals on sales and marketing strategies for selling your product in local, regional, or national markets.

(To name just a few of the topics that will be covered.)

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Check out the agenda from the 2019 conference below:


7:30 AM – 8 AM | Registration, Coffee, and Networking

8 AM – 8:15 AM | Welcome & Opening Remarks (Andrea Scarrow, UGA Extension)

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM | General Session:

  • “Farm Management: Spanning the Generational Gaps” (Walt Moore, UGA Small Business Development Center at Valdosta State University)

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM | Concurrent Breakouts, Production Interest-Based:

  • Specialty Fruit Interest/Food/Horticulture Networking Group (Jake Price, James Morgan, and Jeff Cook, UGA Extension
  • Pecan Interest Group (Dr. Greg Fonsah and Dr. Lenny Wells, UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)
  • Peanuts, Cotton, and Small Grain Interest Group (Dr. Yangxuan Liu and Dr. Adam Rabinowitz, UGA CAES)
  • Value-Added Products & Specialty Crops (Kent Wolfe, Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development)

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM | Concurrent Breakout Sessions:

  • Food Safety Considerations for Production (Dr. Laurel Dunn, UGA CAES)
  • Lender Expectations & Financing Panel (Todd Carlisle, UGA SBDC, Featuring: Zack Purvis from AGGeorgia Farm Credit)

12 PM – 1:30 PM | Lunch & General Session (Presented by Corteva Agriscience)

  • “Rural Stress” (Dr. Samuel L. Pardue, Academic Dean of CAES)
  • “The American Farmer” (Abigail Turner)

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM | Concurrent Breakout Sessions:

  • HR Best Practices for Agribusiness (Lisa Rackley, UGA SBDC, and Warren Williams, US Department of Labor)
  • From Seed to Shelf: Sales & Marketing Considerations (Rob Martin, UGA SBDC, and Sarah Cook, Georgia Department of Agriculture)

3 PM – 4 PM | General Session:

  • “The Future of Farming: Policy Updates that Impact Agribusiness” (Dr. Adam Rabinowitz, UGA CAES)

All programs of the UGA SBDC are open to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.