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Plant a rainbow of pansies this winter.   Arty’s Garden, Page 7 GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE • GARY W. BLACK, COMMISSIONER • WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2013 • VOL. 96, NO. 22 • © COPYRIGHT 2013 Sunbelt Expo honors heritage, sustainability of Southeastern agriculture By Dallas Duncan John Deere and Case cotton pickers rove through the demonstration fields at the 2013 Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition in Moultrie, Ga. Photo by Dallas Duncan INSIDE THIS ISSUE Farmland rent or lease ads.... 2 Take 5.................................... 6 Feature recipe........................7 Visit with a Vet...................... 12 Notice Ad deadline for the Nov. 27 issue is noon, Nov. 13. The citizens of Moultrie, Ga., welcomed tens of thousands of visitors this month for the 36th annual Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition. Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black likened the event to an agricultural family reunion. “We’re gonna get to visit with each other, we’re going to get to do a lot of good things, but most of all, commerce is going to take place here in this largest industry in the state of Georgia, and we really look forward to what’s going to happen,” he said. And take place it did: a record 1,219 exhibitors were present, showcasing the latest in technology and celebrating the traditions of all facets of agriculture. A large portion of the commerce bore the Georgia Grown label, and Sunbelt visitors flocked to the main gate to get their hands on apparel and products associated with the program. They also received the second issue of Georgia Grown magazine, which was unveiled during a ceremony on Oct. 15. “In 1959, I was selected to go to the National FFA public speaking competition,” Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said. “My speech was entitled, ‘The Future of Farming.’ I had occasion to look at it some time back and I recognized that I was a pretty good prognosticator. I predicted that agriculture would continue to be one of the foremost leading industries in our country … Agriculture truly does remain the No. 1 industry in the state of Georgia, and [Black] has had a great influence on branding Georgia agriculture with Georgia Grown,” Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said. “I thank you all for having the foresight to promote these products and to promote our state and to promote its agriculture.” Equally important to Georgia Grown is the idea that Georgia agriculture is sustainable, Black said. See EXPO, page 12 Legislators hear from researchers, farmers during two-day tour By Dallas Duncan Members of the Georgia General Assembly got a whirlwind tour of Georgia agriculture in October, traveling as part of the Georgia Agribusiness Council’s two-day legislative tour. “We have a new Senate ag chairman and we also have a lot of new members of the General Assembly, several new folks on the House [Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee],” said Bryan Tolar, GAC president. “We really wanted to give them a chance to showcase everything agriculture has in about as much time as we could possibly get.” More than 20 legislators attended the event and heard from a number of researchers, college representatives and producers. Tour stops included the University of Georgia-Tifton campus, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition, Funston Gin Company, Sanderson Farms’ hatchery and Langdale Forest Products’ sawmill. The visit to Sunbelt took legislators into the demonstration fields to view cotton, peanuts and other crops; to the barns to hear from Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Georgia Milk Producers; and to the main gate for remarks from Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black and Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall. “I see and hear from other states that their legislature and their governors … don’t pay them any attention and they just don’t get any respect,” Duvall said. “Then I come back home and I go see county Farm Bureaus and sit in front of 200 or 300 people and tell them how fortunate we are to have men and women that serve in our legislature that still know that agriculture’s the No. 1 industry in the state.” Black reminded legislators that Georgia needs their help telling the state’s agriculture story. “Too often this story gets kind of diluted. I tell lots of people, everywhere across the state, ‘Guess what, everything on the Internet is not true,’” he said. “Particularly when it comes to agriculture, there are tons of things on the Internet that quite frankly people need to have fact-checked up and down the room, and we’re going to stand in the See TOUR, page 7 GEORGIA GROWN PROFILE: Gin Creek Published by the Ga. Department of Agriculture Gary W. Black, Commissioner Mail to: 100 acres of wine, weddings and more By Jenna Saxon, press office Brothers Richie and Doug DeMott began developing Gin Creek in 1999. The original intention was to build a place to ride jet skis and host a few parties, but after developing DeMott Lake, the idea of hosting outdoor weddings was born. Gin Creek, located in Hartsfield, Ga., is a parent company of DeMott Lake, RoseMott Vineyards and the Winery at Gin Creek. The lake and vineyards sit atop 100 acres and serve as a destination for retreats, weddings, fishing and recreation. Gin Creek was one of the first outdoor wedding destinations of its kind in the South and has become one of the most sought-after locations for such events. It’s also been featured in Southern Living. “Brides from all over the country have married here saying the one thing that thrills our hearts: ‘Thank you. You have made my dreams come true,’” said Richie DeMott. “There were never any blueprints. We were just fulfilling dreams with a farmer’s instinct, a good mechanic and a good Daddy’s upbringing. My dad would say, ‘Dream big, work hard and learn to do it yourself. Know that experience comes from mistakes and wisdom comes from experience.’” Gin Creek joined Georgia Grown during its re-launch in 2011, at the same time it was launching its Georgia Grown Trail on Highway 37. The company was the first to feature the Georgia Grown logo on its wine bottles. “Today the Georgia Grown brand is a huge marketing tool for our business and our Highway 37 trail,” Richie DeMott said. “Our Georgia Grown membership keeps us abreast of all the activities going on in the Georgia agricultural community and we’re honored to help promote agriculture and agritourism as two of the mainstays of Georgia’s economy.”

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