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All equine ads are here to stay, Page 8 georgia department of agriculture • gary w. black, commissioner • Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 • Vol. 96, no. 19 • © Copyright 2013 Department, producers explore China as next trade frontier By Dallas Duncan Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series exploring Georgia agriculture’s international trade and partnership opportunities. In 2012, Georgia exported roughly $3.7 billion in products to China. A significant portion of that was agricultural products – food, fiber, forestry and various byproducts. “When you think of the amount of people they have to feed in those areas of the country and you get to see it, it really becomes real to you what a great opportunity we have in Georgia agriculture to be able to trade some of our commodities over there,” said Zippy Duvall, Georgia Farm Bureau president. Gov. Nathan Deal and the state Department of Economic Development invited Duvall, Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black and other agriculturalists on the state’s largest, most diverse trade mission in September, visiting several cities in China and Tokyo, Japan. In China, the group opened the new state office in Qingdao and held trade meetings in Jinan, the economic city and capitol city, respectively, in the Shandong province. A highlight of the Tokyo visit was a completely Georgia Grown supper, a meal collaboration between the chef at the Governor’s Mansion and INSIDE THIS ISSUE Farmland rent or lease ads.... 2 Market Bulletin FAQs............ 6 Arty’s Garden.........................7 Visit with a Vet...................... 12 Notice Boarding facilities, equine miscellaneous and equine at stud will now run every issue. Please pay attention to special ad guidelines for these categories. Ad deadline for the Oct. 16 issue is noon, Oct. 2.  the Japanese counterparts. The audience at that dinner represented more than 400 Japanese companies with operations in Georgia, ranging in size from Toyota all the way to entrepreneur Bentley’s Biscuits, a pet bakery based in Savannah with plans to expand into the Asian market. The agricultural delegation was able to meet with representatives from a number of companies, including Kubota and a feed supplement company building a plant in Peachtree City, Ga. Other agricultural meetings centered on trade issues and how the Department and producers can ensure quality products make it overseas. “What we did was try to ensure them first of all to make sure they’re dealing with licensed and bonded people in the state and people with good reputations,” Black said. “We tried to urge them to let us know if they have any particular problems, and also just causing us to review the whole federal-state inspection protocols [for crops in question]. Whatever’s sold in Georgia on a contract has got to be the product that is unloaded in the ports of China.” He said if there are any differences in what’s sold and what arrives, the discrepancy could damage the integrity of Georgia-produced products. “We’re trying to build a brand integrity of the See TRADE, page 7 Georgia’s agricultural delegation to China and Japan this month included, from left, Department of Agriculture’s Director of Business Development Bo Warren, Lydia Black, Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black, Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall and Bonnie Duvall. Here, they sample Georgia beverages during a trade promotion event. Staff photo ‘Feed My School for a Week’ program participants named By Dallas Duncan Chicken nuggets, green beans and mashed potatoes might sound like everyday school lunch fare, but for five elementary schools this year, it sounds like a Georgia-grown cafeteria makeover. For one week this school year, each of these five schools will provide 75 to 100 percent of its lunch food from Georgia farmers, giving hundreds of students a glimpse into where their food comes from before it hits the lunch line. The program is part of the “Feed My School for a Week” grants provided by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and Department of Education. “Many children cannot tell you where corn comes from. They will tell you a can. And it’s like, no, this is corn,” said Jacqueline Dennerlein, lead gifted facilitator and garden coordinator for West Chatham Elementary in Savannah, Ga. “The looks on their faces – ‘Like from the seeds that we plant?’ – yes, this is really what corn looks like.” West Chatham, along with Southside Elementary in Cairo, Sharon Elementary in Suwanee, Skyview Elementary in Lizella and Colbert Elementary in Colbert, will offer opportunities to taste Georgiagrown food, learn about farming straight from the farmer and collaborate agriculture education with existing curricula. “It was the direction we were already heading, bringing a much more inquiry-based, hands-on learning,” said Amy Bartlett, Sharon Elementary principal. “This ‘Feed My School’ piece was just such a natural intersection.” At Sharon Elementary, students will kick off their agriculture education on Sept. 20, though their official “Feed My School” week is in April. A farmer from United Egg Producers is scheduled to come speak and students will have a taste test of some Georgia foods. Each See SCHOOL, page 12 GEORGIA GROWN PROFILE: AIMTRAC Products produced by producers for producers Published by the Ga. Department of Agriculture Gary W. Black, Commissioner Mail to: By Jenna Saxon, press office Pinehurst Equipment Company and Fox International of Americus, Ga., merged in 2010 to form a new agriculture equipment dealership, Agriculture Implement Machinery and Tractor Company – also known as AIMTRAC. AIMTRAC is an authorized dealer for CASE IH with locations in Pinehurst, Americus, Camilla and Brooklet, Ga. AIMTRAC strives to offer expertise in the field combined with efficient and friendly service. AIMTRAC’s direct market includes all major agriculture producers and growers, particularly in the Southeast. AIMTRAC offers a variety of new and used CASE IH tractors, combines, lawn mowers, skid steers and implements as well as a full parts and services department with genuine manufacturer parts. “At AIMTRAC, it is our mission to be the premier provider of equipment and service to the agricultural industry in the Southeast,” said Brooke Marshall of AIMTRAC. “Our unique focus on service enables our customers to benefit from the full potential of their equipment, allowing them to focus more clearly on enhancing their operations. We joined Georgia Grown at the Founder Circle level in the hope that we will set the bar for the agriculture equipment industry. We hope to continue to educate Georgia growers on our products through the program.” AIMTRAC is committed to collaborating with its customers to develop the most powerful, productive, reliable equipment designed to meet today’s agricultural challenges – feeding an expanding global population on less land, meeting ever-changing government regulations and managing input costs. “With the expanding population, we believe it is our job to keep up in the growing ag industry,” Marshall said. “The world of farming is changing and AIMTRAC is here to ensure that our customers are ready for those changes.”

Sept. 18, 2013 Market Bulletin

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