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Contents Spring/Summer 2015 • Vol. 20, No. 1

departments We, the Farmers .......................................... 2 Kids Corner................................................. 12 Photo by Sue Myers Smith/UGA

Legislative Update....................................... 14 Insurance Update ....................................... 18 Something’s Cooking.................................. 22 Member Services Update .......................... 30 Timber News............................................... 33

UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital serves Georgia animals well

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Last year the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital treated about 24,500 animals at the hospital and an additional 558,000 food animals through its field service team. The hospital offers a wide range of services including water therapy for dogs with orthopedic issues.

Growing electricity on the farm

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Georgia is a popular place for solar power with more than 1,000 solar installations statewide that annually produce 236.7 million kilowatt hours. Middle Georgia farmer Donald Chase is one of a growing number of farmers harnessing the power of the sun to produce electricity.

Ensure your landscape survives the summer

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Gardening expert Walter Reeves shares his tips for properly watering your lawn, trees, and shrubs this summer.

about the cover

(Photo by Bridget Hitchcock) Washington County Farm Bureau member Bridget Hitchcock won GFB’s 2014 photo contest with this photo of her husband, Jonathan, and their daughter, Andie, walking through a corn field on the family farm last April. In addition to corn, the family grows peanuts, cotton, wheat, canola and soybeans. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2015

Profiles in service

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Meet Lannie Lee and Henry West, two Georgia Farm Bureau members who have a rich history of service as county Farm Bureau leaders and have witnessed major changes in farming during their lives.

GFB honors livestock show grand champions

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GFB recently awarded $17,000 in prize money to the grand champion winners from the state 4-H & FFA livestock shows.

GFB forms Foundation for Agriculture

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Georgia Farm Bureau has formed the GFB Foundation for Agriculture to raise funds to coordinate programs that will increase the public’s awareness and understanding of agriculture.

GFB Certified Farm Markets

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Check out our list of certified farm markets that offer a wide variety of farm-fresh products.

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I know summer doesn’t officially arrive until June 21, but like most of us, I consider Memorial Day weekend the beginning of summer. I’ve already been enjoying Georgia’s famous Vidalia Onions and blueberries and can’t wait until the Georgia peaches and watermelons start ripening. If you love fresh produce, be sure to visit one of the many Georgia Farm Bureau Certified Farm Markets across the state where you can buy produce straight from the farmers who grow it. You’ll find a complete list of the markets beginning on page 37. No matter where you live in Georgia, one of our markets is within driving distance of you. Visiting one of our markets is a great way to create a memory with your kids and teach them that farmers grow their food – that it doesn’t just magically appear on the grocery store shelf. With farmers making up less than two percent of America’s population, Georgia Farm Bureau realizes there is a growing disconnect between those of us who grow crops and raise livestock to feed America and the consumers who buy the food we grow. That’s why we formed the GFB Foundation for Agriculture late last year. For years, GFB has used our Ag in the Classroom program to help our county volunteers go into local schools and teach students how farmers grow food and protect the environment by taking care of the soil, water and wildlife on their farms. GFB has formed this non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation to receive tax-deductible donations so we can ramp up our Ag in the Classroom programs, scholarships, educational outreach and leadership development programs to tell the story of agriculture. You can learn more about the foundation and how you can make a donation on page 24. A prime example of the need for the agricultural literacy work the GFB Foundation 2

for Agriculture will fund is the report the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee issued in February. Since 1980, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) have issued Dietary Guidelines for Americans every five years. These guidelines influence federal nutrition policy, education, outreach and food assistance programs used by consumers, industry, nutrition educators and health professionals. Given the important role Georgia farmers play in producing America’s food supply, GFB closely follows the process of updating the federal dietary guidelines. Although the development of the new guidelines is still in its early stages, we have serious concerns about the initial report the committee released because it suggests the committee will base dietary guidelines on more than health and nutrition considerations and will consider the sustainability of food production. The sustainability section in the report is based on the 2006 report “Livestock’s Long Shadow,” released by the U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization. Despite the serious and well-documented flaws of this report, it has been the basis for numerous attacks against livestock and dairy production. Past dietary guidelines have included a positive reference to lean meat as part of a healthy diet. The initial report does not. The advisory committee appears to have taken a negative view of livestock products based on the perceived negative impact their production has on the environment. GFB recognizes the importance of sustainable agriculture. The majority of Georgia farmers are following production practices that protect the soil and water resources on their farms. We have to protect our natural resources to keep our livestock and our families healthy and so we can pass our farms down to the next generation. Based on the widely recognized role See WE, THE FARMERS page 32

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SUBSCRIPTION RATES Farm Bureau Members: Included in dues — $1 per year OFFICERS VINCENT “Zippy” DUVALL, President GERALD LONG, 1st Vice President and South Georgia Vice President BERNARD SIMS, North Georgia Vice President ROBERT FOUNTAIN JR., Middle Georgia Vice President WAYNE DANIEL, Treasurer/ Corporate Secretary DUKE GROOVER, General Counsel Asst. Corporate Secretary JON HUFFMASTER Asst. Treasurer DAVID JOLLEY DIRECTORS FIRST DISTRICT: Bill Bryan, Summerville; Wesley Hall, Cumming SECOND DISTRICT: Bobby Gunter Dahlonega; Randy Ruff, Elberton THIRD DISTRICT: George Chambers, Carrollton; Nora Goodman, Temple FOURTH DISTRICT: Skeetter McCorkle, Dearing; Marvin Ruark, Bishop FIFTH DISTRICT: Ralph Adamson Jr., Barnesville; Jim Ham, Smarr SIXTH DISTRICT: James Malone, Dexter; James Emory Tate, Denton SEVENTH DISTRICT: Gary Bell, Bellville; Ben Boyd, Sylvania EIGHTH DISTRICT: Scotty Raines, Sycamore; Don Wood, Rochelle NINTH DISTRICT: Lucius Adkins, Elmodel; Paul Shirah, Camilla TENTH DISTRICT: Daniel Johnson, Alma; David Lee, Alma YOUNG FARMER CHAIRMAN: David Cromley, Brooklet WOMEN’S COMMITTEE CHAIR: Janet Greuel, Fayetteville INFORMATION STAFF Andy Lucas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director Jennifer Whittaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Editor Jay Stone . . . . . . . . Publication/Web Specialist Lillian Davis . . . . . . . . . Publications Manager Ray D’Alessio . . . . . . Senior Producer/TV Host Michael Edmondson . . . Web/Video Manager Mark Wildman . . . . . . . . . Radio-TV Specialist Dean Wood . . . . . . . . . . . Radio-TV Specialist Damon Jones . . . . . . . . . . Radio-TV Specialist Kenny Burgamy . . . . . . . . Radio-TV Specialist Vickie Amos . . . . . . . . . . . Office Coordinator ADVERTISING POLICY Georgia Farm Bureau Federation reserves the right to accept or reject all advertising requests. Advertisers must assume liability for content of their advertising. Publisher maintains right to cancel advertising for non-payment or reader complaint about advertiser service or products. Publisher does not accept per-order, political or alcoholic beverage ads, nor does publisher prescreen or guarantee advertiser service or products. Publisher assumes no liability for products or services advertised in Farm Bureau’s Georgia Neighbors. For advertising rates and information, contact Linda Fuda at 513-307-7949 or lfudamedia@ gmail.com. Farm Bureau’s Georgia Neighbors was established in 1995. Copyright 2015 by the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation. Printed by Panaprint, Macon, GA. www.gfb.org

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UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital serves Georgia animals well By Jennifer Whittaker _________________________________________________________

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already seen a vet who has worked the case up and are to the point where they say, ‘I can’t figure this out, or your animal needs more specialized care.’ ” In addition to providing animal care that many vet clinics can’t offer, the UGA teaching hospital provides training for veterinary students, postdoctoral training of interns and residents, and conducts clinical research with client consent. The UGA CVM Community Practice Clinic, which offers routine veterinary care, remains located off East Campus Road on the main UGA CVM campus.

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ou don’t have to own an ark full of animals to appreciate the excellent care the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine (UGA CVM) provides through its Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Just ask any of the owners of the 24,516 animals the hospital treated inhouse last year or the owners of the 558,067 animals the hospital’s field service team treated along with 36.4 million poultry. The college’s stellar reputation is only bound to grow thanks to the new facility in East Athens the hospital relocated to on March 25 from the main UGA Campus. The hospital is part of the new 300,000 square-foot UGA Veterinary Medical Center at the end of College Station Road that includes clinical labs to support the hospital and a classroom building. The $97 million facility was funded with $65 million in state funds and $32 million in private donations from CVM alumni and supporters. Dr. Sheila Allen, UGA CVM dean, is grateful to state officials and individuals who supported improving the facilities for UGA’s vet school. “The return on this investment can be found when you crack an egg or pour a glass of milk for breakfast, when you watch birds flying through the sky, when you take a ride on your horse on a crisp fall morning, or when you come home after a stressful day to be greeted by your dog,” Allen said. The hospital’s emergency/critical service is open daily, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to treat large and small animals needing urgent or emergency care without referral from their veterinarian. Primary veterinarians, however, refer most of the animals that come to the teaching hospital. Field service veterinarians, along with veterinary students, help farmers throughout Georgia. “I think most of our owners feel very fortunate to have us here,” said Dr. Corey Saba, UGA CVM associate professor of oncology. “Most of the patients we see have

Recent UGA CVM grad Dr. Katie Malehorn and Dr. Corey Saba examine Ellick, who is participating in a clinical trial for dogs with lymphoma at the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Dr. Saba provides oncology care for small animals referred to the teaching hospital. She also oversees a clinical trial testing the safety and effectiveness of a new immunotherapeutic to prolong remission time in dogs with lymphoma. Mauricio Cano’s cocker spaniel, Ellick, was diagnosed with lymphoma in April 2014. After receiving chemotherapy at an

Atlanta clinic, Ellick’s vet referred the cocker for the clinical trial Saba is conducting. UGA is one of four institutions in the U.S. participating in the trial and currently has 17 dogs enrolled in the trial, Saba said. “These trials are so hard to get into and so rare that I jumped on the chance to bring him here,” Cano said. When Ellick began the trial, Cano drove his dog to Athens every 14 days from October through December, but since January has only had to come every six weeks for follow-up treatment. Although Cano doesn’t know if Ellick received the treatment or a placebo, he’s grateful he had a chance to prolong his dog’s life. “It was a huge gamble driving up here and letting Ellick get an unknown treatment, but to be able to contribute to the data and statistics of a study that could contribute to helping other dogs in the future will be worth it, even if his lymphoma comes back,” Cano said. Saba estimates that only five to ten percent of the hospital’s oncology patients are participating in a clinical trial. “It’s probably not as big as our general service component because not every owner will want to enroll their animal in a trial and not every animal will qualify for the trials that we have going on. Every trial has its own inclusion requirements,” Saba said. Thanks to the new building the teaching hospital relocated to, animals participating in the trials and the vets conducting them are enjoying first-class facilities. Saba, who has worked at the UGA CVM since 2006, says the windows, extra space and new equipment are the best features of the new facility. “The windows make it nice. I’ve found I’m more productive in this hospital than I used to be, and I credit that to the windows and the natural light.” Clinical trials for small animals being See HOSPITAL page 26 3


hese days it seems solar panels are showing up everywhere. Dream up a use for electricity, and solar panels can provide the juice. In agriculture, solar power is being used to power poultry houses, electric fences, peanut shelling plants … really, anything under the sun. Now, some Georgia farmers are taking solar beyond their own applications, using their land to produce solar power. Macon County Farm Bureau Director Donald Chase’s foray into solar power generation started with power poles and irrigation pumps. Chase had a 5-acre strip of land separated from most of his farm by a highway, and for years he had used it the same way he used the rest of his land – for growing corn and peanuts. That became a challenge a few years ago when Georgia Power installed a transmission line along the highway. The line is on large poles secured by guy wires, which extend to the middle of the field. Chase said this created a problem for him getting large farm equipment through the field while negotiating around the wires. “The guy wires made it almost impossible to farm,” said Chase, a third-generation farmer who grows corn and peanuts and operates 10 poultry houses as well as a roadside produce stand. On the back side of that field is a pond Chase uses to supply irrigation water. The pump for that water source requires about 160 kilowatts of electricity, and Chase wondered if he could use solar power to run the pump. 4

That turned out not to make economic sense, but in the course of researching it, Chase discovered Georgia Power’s Advanced Solar Initiative (ASI), an incentive program for installing solar farms in which the landowner and the company enter into a lease agreement for plots of land where solar panels are installed. Georgia Power purchases the power generated by ASI facilities. The plots of land had to be a minimum of five acres, big enough to accommodate enough solar panels to generate 1 megawatt of power. Chase entered five sites into the

Georgia Power lottery for acceptance into the ASI incentive plan, and two – including the one with the guy wire issue – were accepted. It was land that in terms of farm production was going unused. “Now we’re getting something out of it,” Chase said. After his two sites were chosen, Chase had to decide whether to construct his own solar-generating facility on the sites or lease that land to other parties who would take on the installation and maintenance of the See ELECTRICITY page 20

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Macon County Farm Bureau Director Donald Chase takes a look at one of two solar power arrays on his land. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2015


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Farm Bureau members Lannie Lee and Henry West live in different parts of the state and raise different commodities, but they share a long record of service as Farm Bureau leaders and farmers who have witnessed game changing advances in agriculture.

Profiles in service By Jennifer Whittaker _______________________

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Lannie Lee is pictured at the 2015 GFB Presidents’ Conference.

grandchildren and a great-grandchild. When Lee first joined Farm Bureau, Bulloch County had numerous community chapters, and he served as president of the Brooklet Chapter in the 1950s. “At Brooklet we had about 150 See LEE page 16

Henry West West, 87, grew up in Gordon County on a farm where his family grew a little bit of everything – cotton, corn for the hogs and cattle, and all of their own vegetables. “Back then you had to grow your food,” West said. He left Gordon County in 1948 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served two years in Japan before he was transferred to the Army Reserves for six years. When he came home he owned a grocery store for two and a half years before selling it to return to the farm. “The grocery business was good to me, but it had long hours and I got tired of it. It was hard to make money in the grocery business. I didn’t look back, and I’m still farming,” West said. West and his wife, Lois, who married in 1948, have three daughters – Rita Crook, Neva Adams, Nelda Heramb, and a son, Terry, and six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He started growing broilers in 1954 and today the family farm that he runs with his son, Terry, has five chicken houses. They also

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Born and raised in Bulloch County, Lee, 94, spent two years working at a steel plant in Toccoa, Ga., before being drafted into the U.S. Army Air Force in 1943. He served as a mechanic during World War II overhauling the motors of B-24 and B-17 planes in England and Germany before being discharged in May 1946 with the rank of sergeant. “I’m proud I was able to serve. I would do it again if I was called on,” Lee said. “It’s quite an experience, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it either.” Lee joined Farm Bureau in 1947 after he returned home from the war and began farming with his brothers Gordon and B.C. For years the brothers grew corn, soybeans, peanuts, tobacco and raised cattle. After his brothers died, Lee continued to farm and still grows corn, soybeans, peanuts and sugar cane to make syrup that he sells in his community. In 1950, Lee married his wife, Marcia, who died in 1992, and raised a family of two daughters – Patricia Morton and Cathy Marchette, – and a son, Mark. He has five

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Photo by Jay Stone

GFB President Zippy Duvall, center, congratulates the eight grand champion winners from the state 4-H & FFA Junior Market Goat and Lamb Shows held last fall and the Georgia Junior National

Livestock Show held in February. From left are Gavin Wright, Jacob Collins, Monica Schaapman, Chase Roberts, Duvall, Maddie Dean, Payton Jackson, Ansley Ruff and JessieYoungblood.

GFB honors livestock show grand champions By Jay Stone ___________________________________

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eorgia Farm Bureau (GFB) hosted a dinner on April 3 honoring the eight grand champion winners from the state 4-H & FFA Junior Market Goat and Lamb Shows held last fall and the Georgia Junior National Livestock Show held in February. GFB awarded $17,000 in prize checks and presented copies of Max Lucado’s book “One God, One Plan, One Life.” GFB President Zippy Duvall shared his thoughts on the grand champions, whom he encouraged to embrace their role as leaders and mentor their fellow competitors. “You’ve won a championship and that makes you a leader,” Duvall said. “Y’all have so many exciting days ahead of you, and you’ll have influence over those who look up to you and are following you.” GFB Young Farmer Committee Chairman David Cromley welcomed the eight grand champions, their families and guests to the GFB auditorium in Macon. More than 80 people attended the event. 8

Georgia Ag Education Program Manager Chip Bridges thanked GFB for its work to sustain youth programs like the livestock shows and discussed the importance of continuing student agricultural programs. Georgia 4-H Leader Arch Smith spoke on the importance of the students’ support teams, including parents, FFA advisors and 4-H agents. The students watched videos from the Georgia Farm Monitor’s coverage of the livestock shows and a video message from Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. Smith and Bridges presented Duvall with a framed collection of photos of the grand champions with their animals. The collage will be hung in the GFB Room of Champions at the organization’s office in Macon. The grand champions are: Payton Jackson of Banks County, who won the $1,500 Grand Champion Market Doe prize at the 2014 state 4-H & FFA Junior Market Goat Show; Chase Roberts of Worth County, who won the $1,500 Grand Champion Market Wether award at the 2014 state 4-H

& FFA Junior Market Goat Show; Ansley Ruff of Elbert County who won the $1,000 Grand Champion Market Lamb prize at the 2014 state 4-H & FFA Junior Market Lamb Show, and the $1,000 Grand Champion Breeding Ewe award at the 2015 Georgia Junior National Livestock Show; Jacob Collins of Houston County, who won the $2,500 Grand Champion Breeding Heifer prize at the 2015 Georgia Junior National Livestock Show; Maddie Dean of Crisp County, who won the $5,000 Grand Champion Market Steer prize at the 2015 Georgia Junior National Livestock Show; Monica Schaapman of Wilcox County, who won the $1,500 Grand Champion Commercial Dairy Heifer award at the 2015 Georgia Junior National Livestock Show; Gavin Wright of Houston County, who won the $1,500 Grand Champion Market Barrow prize at the 2015 Georgia Junior National Livestock Show and Jessie Youngblood of Coffee County, who won the $1,500 Grand Champion Market Gilt award at the 2015 Georgia Junior National Livestock Show. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2015


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mental sustainability is an area of research that is rapidly evolving. As further research is conducted and best practices are evaluated, additional evidence will inform both supply-side participants and consumers on how best to shift behaviors locally, nationally, and globally to support sustainable diets.” According to the DGAC report, these behavioral shifts can be accomplished in a variety of ways. For example, “Align nutritional and agricultural policies with Dietary Guidelines recommendations and make broad policy changes to transform the food system so as to promote population health, including the use of economic and taxing policies to encourage the production and consumption of healthy foods and to reduce unhealthy foods.” “Provide standards for purchasing that create new demands for healthy foods, such as vegetables and fruits, and discourage the purchase and consumption of foods, such as sugar-sweetened beverages.” The DGAC also encourages restaurants and other retail food establishments to “improve” products offered to consumers by “reducing portion sizes in retail settings.” Farm Bureau disagrees with the concept that the federal government should play a role in deciding which foods are good or bad or the size of serving portions in restaurants. We strongly oppose the notion that tax policy should be used to promote or discourage the consumption of legitimate food products. Georgia Farm Bureau submitted official comments to express the organization’s concerns. In these comments, GFB President Zippy Duvall wrote, “The committee’s focus on sustainability is inappropriate given the purpose and scope of the dietary guidelines. Based on the widely recognized role that meat and dairy can play in a healthy diet, we urge USDA and HHS to restore the posiSee GUIDELINES page 35 Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2015


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Georgia Farm Bureau representatives presented trophies at the Georgia High School Association state basketball championship games held in March at the Macon Centreplex. Clayton County Farm Bureau Agency Manager A.J. Flagg, far right, congratulates Buford High School for winning the AAAA Girls Championship.

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As a way of investing in the local communities our county offices are located in across the state, Georgia Farm Bureau continues to support the Georgia High School Association as the official insurance sponsor and official awards provider for all GHSA sports and academic championships. GFB supports the GHSA football and basketball championship games televised on GPB as well as the “Georgia High School Scoreboard Show,” the “Countdown to Kickoff ” radio show for football and the GHSA.tv video streaming. GFB is also the official trophy sponsor for all Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association (GICAA) athletic and academic competitions. GICAA organizes competitions for more than 90 private, independent and faith-based high schools and middle schools across Georgia.

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LEE from page 6 members and all of them showed up, but after a while they dwindled down as people died and folks moved away to go to school and didn’t come home. Some of the chapters got so small they disbanded,” Lee recalled. Today, only the Middle Ground Community Chapter still exists. Lee said being a Farm Bureau member kept him up-to-date on what other farmers were doing and helped him keep up with commodity prices. Through the years he’s watched farming change. “Today one man does what 15 or 20 used to do. We grow improved varieties of soybeans and peanuts and the yield has gone up,” Lee said. “The planters became more mechanized and put out seed more accurately. We used to didn’t know what a soil sample was, but now we have our soil analyzed and can tell what condition our 16

soil is in. Extension agents can recommend what you need to add to the soil depending on what crop you’re going to grow as far as adding nitrogen, phosphorus or pot ash.” Irrigation has also played a role in making farmers more productive, said Lee, who began irrigating his crops in 1977. Lee became a director of the Bulloch County Farm Bureau and in 1973 was nominated to serve as vice president with his friend M.L. Miller serving as president. The two held their respective offices for 34 years until Miller died in 2007 and Lee became president. Through the years, he’s gone to countless GFB and American Farm Bureau conventions. “I’ve enjoyed every year of Farm Bureau, and I certainly enjoy the Farm Bureau family. I’ve made a lot of good friends through the years,” Lee said. Lee said educating consumers about

the importance of agriculture is one of the most important things he thinks Farm Bureau does. “Farm Bureau works to educate the public on how important it is for farmers to grow crops and make a good crop,” Lee said. “The last few years we’ve been using Ag in the Classroom to educate the young boys and girls about where their food comes from and how it’s processed.” Bulloch County Farm Bureau Vice President Bill Akers has known Lee since 1991 and has traveled with him to numerous GFB and American Farm Bureau events since 2007. “I think Mr. Lannie is an icon for Georgia Farm Bureau. That’s the way the rest of our board feels, too. He’s an icon, and we enjoy every minute of him,” Akers said. “That chuckle of his that you hear, you’ll hear daylight to dark.” Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2015


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By Alan Bunch such as commercial general liability). Examples of some of the businesses and personal policies we have insured in the last 60 days include: equine farms, convenience stores, restaurants, apartment complexes, landscape contractors, veterinary clinics, long-haul truckers, log trucks, butcher shops, residential and commercial contractors, professional offices, vacant and occupied strip malls, rental dwellings, pollution liability, auto and machinery repair shops, used car sales, churches, and non-emergency medical transportation. The use of GFB Brokerage Inc. along with the products offered by GFB MIC positions your GFB agent to meet all of your insurance needs. If your Farm Bureau agent recommends writing a policy with one of our partner companies, he or she is trying to match you with a policy that best meets your insurance needs. Our brokerage partners have been carefully screened using industry standards and selected based on their performance and service records. It’s important to understand that these companies are a part of the Farm Bureau network of strategic partners. GFB Brokerage Inc. supports the communities across Georgia where our county Farm Bureau offices are located. Since GFB Brokerage Inc. began operating almost six years ago, our in-house agency has grown significantly. GFB Brokerage has returned more than $6 million to our local county Farm Bureau offices, which allows our county offices to promote Georgia agriculture by funding local ag literacy programs and other community youth programs. GFB Brokerage has grown GFB membership by allowing GFB agents to write policies for many new GFB members we otherwise would not have been able to serve. If you have a business insurance need, talk to your GFB agent about the insurance options GFB Brokerage Inc. offers. We will do our very best to assist you and your agent in choosing insurance options that will give your and your family the best coverage possible. Alan Bunch is a manager with Georgia Farm Bureau Brokerage Inc. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2015


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one of the better-suited states to generate solar power, based on its capacity for solar radiation. Development of alternative sources of energy could create opportunities for farmers to enter into arrangements like the one Chase is in. Georgia Power’s ASI incentive program for utility-scale generation is complete, but spokesman John Kraft said the company continues to seek new and cost-effective ways, including solar arrays, to generate electricity. “Outside of specific programs, any party in Georgia is free to invest in solar facilities in order to generate their own power, to sell the power to Georgia Power or a combination of both,” Kraft said in an email. He noted that landowners should consult with trained solar consultants before entering into any contracts. Chase said the opportunities could be profitable and should be welcomed, but added that energy-production arrangements are often complex and require caution. “The first thing a farmer needs to do is talk to his attorneys, look at all the issues that he might have to face,” said Chase, who is serving as chairman of the American Farm Bureau Federation Energy Issue Advisory Committee. “Look at the lease documents. Those are things that I’m not that comfortable with. This is completely different.” Online resources--------------------------------------------------------Georgia Power solar programs: http://tinyurl.com/gapwrsolar. Green Power EMC: http://www.greenpoweremc.com/home.aspx Georgia Energy Data: http://www.georgiaenergydata.org/# Georgia Solar Energy Association: http://www.gasolar.org/

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The Georgia 4-H Gala will be held on August 8 at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. Jennifer Nettles will serve as the Honorary Chair and Bo Ryles will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Georgia 4-H reaches more than 175,000 youth. Proceeds will support Georgia 4-H leadership development and performing arts. For more information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please go to www.georgia4hfoundation.org/gala or call 706-542-8914.

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Georgia Farm Bureau members interested in marking the boundaries of their farms and showing their Farm Bureau pride may now do so with new gate signs GFB is offering its members. The aluminum signs measure 12 inches X 18 inches and have holes in each corner that may be used to secure the sign to a gate, post or wall. Each sign features the GFB logo on one side and may be personalized with the name of the Farm Bureau member’s farm, up to 18 characters. Signs are $12 each. There is no limit on the number of signs a member may order. Contact your county Farm Bureau office to place an order. After placing an order, members should allow four weeks for signs to be completed and returned to their county Farm Bureau office where signs will be delivered. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2015


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Directions Mix ingredients together until well blended. Grease a 12-inch pizza pan.  Put dough in pan; flatten with hands, dusting with flour, if necessary. Bake at 350˚ F for 10-12 minutes or until crust is golden brown.  Cool. CREAM CHEESE FILLING 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese 1/3 cup sugar 1 teaspoon almond extract

Directions Sprinkle Fruit Fresh and sugar over the peaches. Spread peaches and blueberries in a decorative pattern over the cream cheese filling. Refrigerate. CITRUS LAYER 1 cup peach nectar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon corn starch Directions Combine peach nectar, sugar, lemon juice and corn starch in sauce pan. Boil 1 minute. Cool. Spread over fruit. Refrigerate until serving time. Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2015


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Dr. Cherukuri knew that many of his patients would benefit but couldn’t afford the expense of these new digital hearing aids. Generally they are not covered by Medicare and most private health insurance. The doctor evaluated all the high priced digital hearing aids on the market, broke them down to their base components, and then created his own affordable version — called the MDHearingAid®AIR for its virtually invisible, lightweight appearance.

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Together we can grow the future. Please visit www.gfbfoundation.org to make your tax-deductible donation today! You may also mail a check to: GFB Foundation for Agriculture P.O. Box 7068 Macon, GA 31209

GFB forms foundation to fund ag awareness programs Late last year, Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) formed the GFB Foundation for Agriculture to raise funds for the numerous programs our organization coordinates to promote agriculture and increase consumers’ understanding of how their food is grown. For many years GFB has used our Ag in the Classroom, scholarship, educational outreach and leadership development programs to reach the public and achieve our mission of being the Voice of Georgia Farmers. These four programs will serve as the pillars of the GFB Foundation for Agriculture. GFB created its Foundation for Agriculture to build awareness, understanding and a positive public perception of agriculture through youth and adult education activities. Donations to the foundation will allow ag advocates to create greater dialogue with consumers, teachers, children and policy makers. The GFB Foundation for Agriculture is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and donations are tax deductible under IRS Section 170. Through publicly and privately collected funds, the foundation will focus on increasing consumers’ understanding of agriculture by putting farmers and other agriculturalists in a position to share the wonderful story of agriculture. 24

By increasing consumers’ understanding of agriculture, we can help them make informed decisions on policy that affects where their food, fiber and fuels come from. With less than two percent of the American public producing the food that feeds and the fiber that clothes our nation, it is more important than ever for the ag community to work together to share our story and influence the future. Education is the long-term solution to public policy and consumer awareness issues. The foundation is working to educate consumers, policy makers, teachers and children about Georgia agriculture with science-based answers that provide a greater security for our food and fiber supply. “This foundation is going to give Georgia Farm Bureau the ability to partner with people involved in agriculture to educate people outside of agriculture so they understand farmers have their best interests at heart in terms of how we produce their food,” said GFB President Zippy Duvall. Two very important educational aspects of the foundation are Ag in the Classroom and consumer education. Helping children understand where their food comes from and how it gets from the farm to their plate using hands-on learning activities will al-

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If you have a dog with an intestinal obstruction or a cat with a urinary obstruction sent to the teaching hospital, chances are Dr. Chad Schmiedt, UGA CVM associate professor of soft tissue surgery, may treat it. “We do dogs and cats mostly. Surgery of any tissue that’s not orthopedic and not neurological,” Schmiedt explained of his specialty. “It’s really general surgery.” That translates into surgery of soft tissue in the head and neck, lung and heart surgeries and removing tumors. “I like fixing the problem. A lot of the medical cases are chronic management. We get to actually go in, if you have a dog that’s suffering from something, fix it, and they’re all better,” Schmiedt said. “I like doing a lot of different stuff, and soft tissue surgery lets you work on a whole lot of different cases.” The most specialized surgery Schmiedt does is feline kidney transplants. UGA is one of three vet schools with faculty that perform the procedure. The University of Pennsylvania and University of Wisconsin are the others. 26

“I get a lot of satisfaction out of the renal transplant cats. You develop a pretty significant bond with the owners,” Schmiedt said. “We follow these cats for years and years.” Renal failure is a common problem in cats that may be treated by adding a third kidney from a donor cat. The recipient’s existing kidneys are seldom removed, and the new kidney is placed in the lower abdomen next to the bladder. The donor can live a normal life with one kidney, Schmiedt said. Recipients are usually six to eight years old and must take an immunosuppressant the rest of their lives. The recipient cat owner adopts the donor cat, taking it home after the surgery along with the recipient, Schmiedt said. Donor cats may come from pet shelters or be a cat already in the home of the recipient. The average cost of the surgery is $15,000, Schmiedt said, adding that he only does two or three of the surgeries a year. Schmiedt, who has been a faculty member of the UGA CVM since 2007, says the new facility improves the teaching experience for vet students. “There’s a lot more space where students can have rounds. Now every service has a dedicated rounds room,” Schmiedt said. “In the old building we had rounds cheek to jowl on top of each other. Somebody would be yelling in the corner with dogs barking over here and cats meowing over there.”

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HOSPITAL from page 3 conducted at the hospital address other issues besides cancer including kidney disease, arthritis, heart disease and epilepsy. There are also trials for horses and dairy cattle. Animal owners interested in learning more about the trials should visit http://tinyurl.com/ugavettrial or call 706-542-6692.

Dr. Kelsey Hart treats Lola, a 14-year-old mare waiting to foal on April 17. The mare had suffered a hemorrhage in her uterine artery and was suspected to have an infection in her placenta, which put Lola and her foal at high risk. Lola delivered a healthy filly April 18 and both are doing well.

As an assistant professor of large animal internal medicine at UGA CVM, Dr. Kelsey Hart’s specialty is evaluating and treating diseases of the organs, infections and neurologic diseases. “I’m kind of like Dr. House on that show. Internal medicine specialists generally don’t do surgery. I work on diagnosing and treating disease,” Hart said. “I really like the challenging detective cases where you’re putting a puzzle together.” Hart says 85 to 90 percent of her patients are horses, but she also treats cattle, sheep and goats, pigs, alpacas, llamas and the odd camel. Most of her cases are horses with gastrointestinal, respiratory or neurologic diseases or infections, but the large animal clinic also treats a lot of horses with lameness, reproductive and surgical problems. “You name it, we have probably seen it at some point,” Hart said. Her rarest case was about 10 years ago as an intern at the UGA hospital when she treated a horse with fungal meningitis – a fungal infection in its brain and spinal cord. “Fungal meningitis had only been reported in a few horses in literature to begin with, and it had never been successfully treated,” Hart recalled. “At the time this horse was diagnosed, an antifungal drug had become available that was affordable for horses, so this was the first horse to be successfully treated and reported in literature. The horse made a full recovery, and I still talk to the owner.” Hart says the layout of the new teaching hospital helps prevent spread of infection among the animals. “The new facility is a lot bigger than the old facility and it’s built that way for a reason. It’s spread out, which enables us to segregate animals better according to their degree of sickness. Our healthier animals aren’t mingling with our really sick animals.” The new facility also lets hospital staff take CT scans of the legs or head and neck of grown horses or give them radiation therapy as this equipment is now housed in rooms large enough to accommodate large animals. “We’re all incredibly grateful to the state and the private donors that made this place possible,” Hart said. “They really did a good job of working on all aspects of the design.” See HOSPITAL page 28 Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2015


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HOSPITAL from page 26

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UGA CVM student Justin Brown is pictured with a pygmy goat being treated for an infected eye orbit.

The skills third and fourth-year UGA CVM students gain working in the teaching hospital are critical to the future of veterinary medicine in Georgia. WEST from page 6 800 pounds and then sell them through teleauctions,” West said. West, who grew up plowing with mules, says he couldn’t have imagined the changes that have taken place in agriculture. “These tractors, it’s unreal how much they’ve updated them, but they’ve got real expensive, too,” West said. “I’ve got one tractor with GPS (global positioning satellite system). I never would have imagined a GPS tractor.” West joined Farm Bureau in 1971, saying “I was involved in farming and Farm Bureau was a part of agriculture. They needed someone to serve on the Gordon County Board.” He was elected president of his county Farm Bureau in 1981, a position he continues to hold. A few years into his presidency, the county Farm Bureau outgrew its office building and West took on the challenge of selling the old office, buying land to build a new office and overseeing construction of the new office. West says there were no other businesses around them when GCFB first built its office on Hwy. 53 in the mid 1980s. With I-75 located about two miles away, the road has grown into a bustling corridor. In 1984 West was elected by Farm 28

Katie Malehorn from Nashville, Ga., graduated from the UGA CVM May 2 with plans to join a general practice as an associate and practice small animal medicine. “Being in clinic is everything. This past year, when I look back, the clinic is where I gained the most,” Malehorn said in an interview two weeks before graduating. “When you have a client in front of you, and a patient in your care, and you’re working up their case, it really sticks as opposed to just being in the classroom and reading about it.” Malehorn says having been exposed to the top-of-the-line technology in the new hospital will help her be a better general practitioner. “With me going into a private practice, I can now visualize my patient having an MRI, and I can prepare my client for what they will see if I refer them to a hospital such as UGA,” Malehorn said. Justin Brown, from Brooklet, will begin his fourth year of vet school in the fall. Brown originally planned to go to medical

school but got involved with livestock and meat judging as an undergrad in the UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences and decided to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine. “I like how we as veterinarians can ensure food safety and influence public health by having healthy animals and ensuring our beef cattle, swine and lambs are safe for us to consume,” Brown said. This spring Brown did a three-week large animal rotation during which he treated a 25-year-old Clydesdale that presented with aspiration pneumonia. “I really learned a lot from that case because he was receiving multiple antibiotics for his pneumonia, and he also had some parasite infections that we had to handle. It was a good medicine case because it was very intensive and we got to see him progress over those three weeks.” Visit http://vet.uga.edu/hospital to learn more about the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital and http://vet.uga.edu to learn more about the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine.

Bureau members from the 15 counties in Georgia Farm Bureau’s 1st District to represent the district on the state board of directors. West held the position until this past December when he retired after 30 years of service. “One thing Georgia Farm Bureau has always tried to do is work with state leaders. Our policy development process is something we need to keep going because it gives us the issues we need to work on for farmers,” West said. West points to the Conservation Use Value Assessment (CUVA) tax program, which came out of GFB’s policy development

program in the 1990s, as an example of the organization’s effectiveness in working to represent the legislative interests of farmers and rural Georgia CUVA allows farm and timber land to be assessed for tax purposes on what the land is being used for rather than its fair market value. This has protected farmland across the state from being developed in areas where urban sprawl makes it economically challenging to farm. “Henry West has been a lifelong advocate for agriculture and a great supporter of Farm Bureau,” said GFB 1st District Field Representative Roby Murray.

The Blue Cross/Blue Shield Anthem data breach affects as many as 80 million people. If you recently had Anthem coverage, you should go to https://www.anthemfacts.com to sign up for identity theft repair and credit monitoring services. You should also check your credit with the three national credit bureaus. It is recommended that you place a fraud alert with one of the three bureaus. Once placed, the other two bureaus will be notified. You can also place security or credit freezes which allow you better control of

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WE, THE FARMERS from page 2 meat and dairy can play in a healthy diet, GFB is urging USDA and HHS to restore the positive nutritional statements about these products that have been included in dietary guidelines of the past. Meat provides us with zinc, iron and protein. All three of these nutrients support our immune systems. Dairy foods are naturally nutrient-rich, unlike many of the other drinks on the dairy aisle that have nutrients added. Milk naturally provides calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, Vitamins A, D, B12, riboflavin and niacin.

Numerous studies have shown that cuts of lean meat and low-fat or fat-free dairy products can be part of a healthy diet. Dietary guidelines should be based on the health and nutritional benefits food provides consumers, not on a political agenda. You can learn more about this issue on page 14. I was raised to believe that the words of the Bible reveal the truth about life, and if I study its words prayerfully I will discover the answers to all of life’s questions. The New King James Version of the

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Federal tax proposal endangers Georgia’s tree farmers By Steve McWilliams __________________________________________________________________________

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policy that is actually working? As it deliberates, Congress must understand that the existing timber tax provisions are generating economic and environmental returns that are not only critical to landowners large and small, they also are a mainstay for rural communities. Lawmakers need to appreciate the hardships that landowners in their districts would face if the timber tax provisions are eliminated.

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Many Georgia farmers count on their timberlands to produce additional cash crops, and given the multiple-year growth cycle of trees, they rely upon a reasonable and stable federal tax treatment of their long-term investment. Timbergrowing farmers McWilliams could lose this assurance if some tax reform proposals in Washington D.C. gain traction. If Congress acts precipitously, throwing out provisions that have made private ownership of timberlands a good investment for generations, the consequences could be severe not only for the families and companies that grow trees, but also for our state’s economy and environment. Today, these four tax provisions encourage landowners to invest in working forests: • The long-term capital gains treatment of timber revenue. (IRC 1231(b)(2)) • The deductibility of timber growing expenses in the year they are incurred, rather than capitalizing these costs. (IRC Sections 162 and 263A(c)(5)) • Treatment of timberland and standing timber as real property for purposes of the real estate investment trust (REIT) rules. (IRC Section 856) • The deductibility of up to $10,000 of reforestation expenses as these expenses are incurred and the allowable amortization of remaining reforestation expenses over a seven-year period. (IRC Section 194) These provisions encourage growth in the forestry industry that supports 133,000 jobs and contributes an annual $28.9 billion to the economy. At the same time, working forests help clean our air and water, create wildlife habitat and offer recreational opportunities for hunters and fishermen. To their credit, many members of Congress are committed to reforming the U.S. tax system. The timber tax provisions, along with various others, are being eyed for cuts. But why would Congress tinker with a tax

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Steve McWilliams is president of the Georgia Forestry Association, an advocacy organization that promotes a healthy business and political climate for Georgia’s forest environment, forest landowners and forest-based businesses.

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Ever wondered how farmers produce the milk, eggs and bacon you buy at the grocery store? Thanks to a new series of videos produced by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance you can visit a dairy, an egg farm, a pig farm and a farm growing corn to learn how farmers care for their animals and cropland to grow our food. Hosted by blogger Kelly Snyder (www.ReDefinedMom. com), USFRA’s online video series takes viewers on a field trip via video to see different farming practices and meet farmers growing your food. The videos, which range between two to four minutes, highlight daily activities of farmers from Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. “The opportunity to spend time on a farm alongside a farmer is not one that most people get,” said Randy Krotz, CEO of USFRA. “This new online video series brings the farm to your living room, office, kitchen, classroom, mobile device - anywhere you are. Americans have so many questions about food production and the first videos in this series can help address some of those by showing just how farmers are growing and raising food.” To watch the videos visit www.youtube.com/user/usfraonline.

The DVD of Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James Moll’s feature-length documentary, Farmland, is now available for purchase at select Walmart stores, Walmart.com and on Amazon. The DVD lists for $14.99 but was available for $9.69 on Walmart.com and Amazon at press time. The movie, which premiered in theaters across the country in spring 2014, gives viewers a first-hand look into the lives of six young farmers and ranchers. Crawford County Farm Bureau President Leighton Cooley is one of the farmers featured in the film. Cooley is a fourth-generation farmer who raises chickens, cattle and hay with his father, Larry. Farmland is also available to rent on DVD from Netflix and to purchase or rent via digital download on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On-Demand, Sony PlayStation, Vudu.com, Xbox and YouTube. Visit http://farmlandfilm.com for more information about the documentary.

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GA Pecan/Schwinn Sweepstakes offers chance to win bikes The Georgia Pecan Growers Association and Schwinn Bicycles are teaming up to offer monthly giveaways of Schwinn bikes, helmets, locks and Georgia pecans this summer. Visit www.georgiapecan.org to enter the sweepstakes once a month through Sept. 30. “Pecans are one of the healthiest products at the grocery store today,” said Brad Ellis, president of the Georgia Pecan Growers Association. “Pecans are high in antioxidants and are heart healthy. We promote a healthy lifestyle and that’s why aligning Georgia pecans with Schwinn is a fantastic fit.”

Sweepstakes entries are limited to one per household per monthly drawing period, which ends the last day of each month. The following four prizes will be awarded each month: a Schwinn bike, helmet & lock package; a bike helmet; a bike lock & a Georgia pecan gift bag. “Good health is all about exercise and nutrition, and Schwinn bicycles provide the exercise, while Georgia pecans provide the good-for-you nutrition solution,” said Milissa Rick, global director of consumer activation for Schwinn.

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41st GA BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL June 5 & 6 • Alma Festival begins at noon June 5 at Goldwasser Park with arts and crafts, food, a blueberry pie eating contest, senior beauty contest, variety show and live bands. Events on June 6 kick off at 6 a.m. with a blueberry pancake breakfast, a 5-K run/walk at 8 a.m. and a parade at 9:30 a.m. The Ft. Stewart Military Band and other groups will provide live entertainment. Civil War re-enactments and an Indian campsite will be held at the Bacon County Recreation Center. Visit www.georgiablueberryfestival.org or call 912-310-7399 for more information.

WILLIAM HARRIS HOMESTEAD HERITAGE DAY June 13 • Monroe Event will highlight 18th and 19th century North Georgia history. Creek and Cherokee interpreters will showcase Native American culture. There will be demonstrations of 36

1800 farming practices and demonstrations of blacksmithing, textile production, basket weaving, woodcarving and pottery making. Civil War re-enactors will commemorate 1865 skirmishes that preceded the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. There will also be children’s games, music and food. Admission is $10 for those 12 and older; $5 for children ages 11-4; children under 4 years are free. For more information visit www.harrishomestead.com or call 770-267-5844. GEORGIA STATE TRAIL RIDE & CHUCKWAGON COOKOFF Aug. 8 • Rutledge This inaugural event to be held at Hard Labor Creek State Park is sponsored by the Georgia Equine Commission, Georgia State Parks, Georgia Grown and Georgia Farm Bureau. Trail ride begins at 8 a.m. Georgia Dept. of Agriculture inspectors require all in-state horses to have a Coggins certificate and out-of-state horses must have a valid health and Coggins certificate. The park will charge a $5 parking fee and $12 to ride the trails. Event is limited to 125 horses. Anyone planning to ride should register by July 31 by contacting John Clements at 478-298-0347 or tiejc@bellsouth.net. An authentic chuckwagon lunch will be served around noon. The public is welcome to watch the lunch being cooked that morning. Meal tickets for lunch will be sold for $10 each while supplies (500) last. Afternoon entertainment will include cowboy poets. For more information contact Clements. FOLK POTTERY SHOW & SALE Sept. 5 • Sautee Nacoochee The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia, located at the Sautee Nacoochee Center, is holding its 7th annual show and sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate the region’s pottery history. Event will include food, live music, and demonstrations of 19th century skills including a working blacksmith forge. Event is free. For more information visit www.folkpotterymuseum. com or call 706-878-3300. SHIELDS-ETHRIDGE HERITAGE FARM CULTIVATORS’ MARKET June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19, Oct. 17 Jefferson Jackson County Farm Bureau sponsors this market, held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., featuring local farmers and entrepreneurs

selling products they make or grow. The market includes live music, games and exhibitions of farming practices. Market will be held rain or shine. No pets please. The Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm, located at 2355 Ethridge Rd., is an outdoor ag museum. Visit www.shieldsethridgefarminc. com for more information or contact Denise Temple at dftemple@gfb.org or 706-367-8877. MONROE FARMERS’ MARKET Saturdays thru Oct. 10 • Downtown Monroe This market, held weekly from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., features vegetables and other ag commodities grown in Walton County along with homemade products made by county residents. Walton County Farm Bureau is one of the sponsors of the market, located on Court Street. Visit www.monroedowntown.com for more information or contact Cheryl Brady at 770-722-9145 or monroefmdowntown@gmail.com. HINESVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET Thursdays until Nov.  19 • Hinesville Sponsored by the Liberty County Farm Bureau, this market offers customers local produce and other farm items, cut flowers, plants, baked goods, specialty foods and crafts. Market is held in Bradwell Park on Commerce St.  across from the Hinesville City Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information call 912-877-4332. UNION COUNTY FARMER’S MARKET Saturdays June 6 – Oct. 31 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays June 9 – Oct. 27 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. • Blairsville Located at 148 Old Smokey Road, this market is supported by the Union County Farm Bureau and offers locally grown produce, eggs and meats, artisan cheeses, handmade crafts, pottery and paintings. Special events include the Greenbean Festival July 25 & a tractor show/parade Sept. 5. Visit www.ucfarmersmarket.com for more information or email farmersmarket@ uniongov.com or call 706-439-6043. See HAPPENINGS page 43 Georgia Neighbors • Spring 2015


GFB Certified Farm Markets: Buy straight from the farm across Georgia. This list is also available on our website at http://www.gfb.org/ commodities/cfm. On the website, you can search for a market by geographic location or by commodity. You may use your smartphone or tablet to scan the QR codes on page 38 to visit the search page or to find recipes using Georgia Grown ingredients.  For more information about GFB’s Certified Farm Market program, contact Brandon Ashley at btashley@gfb.org or call 1-800-342-1196. Photo by Brandon Ashley

If you’re interested in buying food directly from the farmer who grew it, make plans to visit one of the 92 Georgia Farm Bureau Certified Farm Markets located across the state. No matter where you live, there is a market just a short drive away. GFB’s Certified Farm Markets offer a wide variety of farmfresh fruits, vegetables, meat and other items. Some markets let you pick your own produce and some pick for you. Many of the markets offer agritourism activities such as corn mazes or hayrides. These activities are an affordable way for families to spend quality time together and make lasting memories on a farm.  On page 38, you’ll find a map of GFB’s Certified Farm Markets. Use the corresponding number on the following pages to find a farm market in your community or when you’re traveling

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Place chopped tomatoes in a colander to drain, sprinkle with1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. In a bowl combine cheeses and mayonnaise. To assemble pie, place onions in bottom of baked crust, spread chopped, drained tomatoes evenly on onions, then basil leaves. Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Gently spread cheese mixture over tomatoes until mixture almost touches edges of pie shell. Bake pie at 350˚ F for about 30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Serve warm.

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Visit one of Georgia Farm Bureau’s Certified Farm Markets to buy the produce you’ll need to make these easy recipes that are sure to become summer favorites! The GFB recipe page www.gfb.org/ recipes provides the recipes featured in “Meals from the Field,” a monthly cooking segment that airs on GFB’s “Georgia Farm Monitor” TV show. GFB produces the cooking segment in partnership with the Georgia Department of Agriculture and its Georgia Grown program to highlight in-season commodities grown in Georgia.

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AARON FAMILY ORCHARDS 8350 Hwy 52 E • Ellijay, 30536 • 706.273.3180 www.aaronsapplehouse.com aaronsapplehouse@yahoo.com August-December, 9:00am-6:00pm, 7 Days a Week. From Ellijay, Take Hwy 52 E 8 miles. Market on the Right.

2 P ADAMS FARMS 1486 Hwy 54 W • Fayetteville, 30214 • 770.461.9395 www.adamsfarmfayettevillega.com April-October, 9:00am-4:00pm ,Monday-Saturday. From Atlanta travel I-85 south to exit 61, turn left and travel GA Hwy 74 to Palmetto-Tyrone Rd and turn left, go to Hwy 54 and market is across street 3 P

ALLEN FARMS 112 Whetsel Road • Twin City, 30471 478.494.3587 or 478.299.5158 Facebook-Allen Farms Middle of May-January 1. 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday. 9:00am-Noon on Saturday. Closed on Sunday. From Twin City, go out Hwy 23 towards Metter. At the first dirt crossroad, take a left. Look for signs.

B & G HONEY FARM 945 Sinkhole Road • Register, 30452 912.852.5124 or 912.515.0294 www.bandghoneyfarm.com bandghoneyfarm@gmail.com Call ahead. Also located at Statesboro Farmers Market 9:00am-1:00pm, every Saturday April-November. 15 Miles South of Statesboro off Hwy 301 on Sinkhole Road.

9 U BERRY’S CHRISTMAS TREE FARM 70 Mt. Tabor Road • Covington, 30014 • 770.786.5833 www.berrystreefarm.com berrystreefarm@gmail.com November-December, 10:00am-7:00pm. By Appointment January-October. I-20 Exit 88 (Almon Road). Go North to Mt. Tabor Road. 30 miles east of Atlanta.

18 P DACULA BRIARPATCH 2503 Cammie Wages Rd • Dacula, 30019 770.962.4990 June - November, 8:00am-7:00pm Tuesday - Saturday. Closed Sunday & Monday. 85 North of Atlanta Exit 106 Hwy 316 E. Turn onto Harbins Rd and travel 3 miles to New Hope Rd. Travel 1 mile and turn on Cammie Wages Rd and market is first place on right.

10 P BURTON BROOKS ORCHARDS Hwy 76 122 • Barney, 31625 • 229.775.2710 or 2828 May-July, 8:00am-8:00pm I-75N, exit 29, 8 miles west on Hwy 122, at intersection of Hwy 122 and 76.

19 PM DAISY ADAMS FARM 230 Daisy Adams Road • Cochran, 31014 478.697.3207 www.daisyadamsfarm.com • evans.jed@gmail.com April-July, September-November. Hours listed on website and Facebook; Hours are seasonal. Check website for updates. From Cochran: take GA Hwy 26 to US Hwy 23/GA 87. turn left onto US 23/GA 87 (Cochran bypass). Turn Right on Daisy Adams Road (1/4 mile). Farm is .7 down the road.

11 PM CAGLE’S FAMILY FARM AND MAIZE 362 Stringer Rd • Canton, 30115 • 770.345.5591 www.caglesfamilyfarm.com fun@caglesfamilyfarm.com Year Round Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Call for Events and Appointments. 1 mile off Hwy 140 between Canton and Roswell. Turn at sign to 362 Stringer Road

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12 CAGLE FARMHOUSE & PAPA ALBERT’S MARKET 150 Stringer Road • Canton, 30115 • 404.567.6363 May-October, Daylight to Dark everyday. From Hwy 140 turn onto Stringer Road. Go 1 1/4 miles on the left at intersection of Hickory Road.

5 P B.J. REECE ORCHARDS 9131 Hwy 52 East • Ellijay, 30536 • 706.276.3048 www.reeceorchards.com • reeceorchards@ellijay.com July-December, Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-6:00pm. Sunday, 1:00pm-6:00pm. Take Hwy 52 east out of Ellijay, go about 8 miles and market on left

13 PM CALHOUN PRODUCE INC. 5075 Hawpond Rd • Ashburn, 31714 229.273.1887 or 1860 www.calhounproduce.com calhounproduce@calhounproduce.com March-December. Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-6:00pm. I-75 South Exit 92, Turn left (Hawpond Road) 6 miles on right.

6 BAR C CATTLE AND PRODUCE 2006 Yates Road • Barney, 31625 • 229.561.3466 Facebook-Bar C Cattle and Produce kurtchilders@windstream.net Open Year Round, 7:00am-7:00pm. 1.5 miles east of Barney on US 122. Turn Right on Old Coffee Road, go 0.5 mile to Yates Road on the right. .75 miles to the farm, look for signs.

14 CALHOUN PRODUCE INC. CRISP CO Cordele State Farmers Market Hwy 41 • North Cordele, 31015 • 229.273.1892 www.calhounproduce.com calhounproduce@calhounproduce.com June-September, Call for Hours. Located at Cordele Farmers Market on Hwy 41 north

7 P BECK FARMS 214 Horne Road • Eastman, 31023 • 478.231.8981 www.beckfarmsga.com • beckfarms82@gmail.com Mid June-August. Call for hours and check website for availability. From Eastman, take Hwy 46E for approx. 6 miles. Turn left on Lester Saunders Road. Farm will be approx. 1.5 miles on the right.

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BERRY GOOD FARMS 930 William Gibbs Road • Tifton, 31793 229.821.0746 or 229.386.8880 www.berrygoodfarms.com • bobwelker@gmail.com March-July, Monday-Saturday 8:00am- 8:00pm. Closed Sunday. From I-75: Exit 62, travel West on Hwy 82 for 2.1 miles. Left on Salem Church Road for .2 miles. Right on William Gibbs Road, 4.2 miles on the right.

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CHASE FARM MARKET 83 Riverview Lane • Oglethorpe, 31068 • 478.472.1729 or 7726 • eglc@windstream.net June-July 10:00am-6:00pm Mon-Fri, Closed Sat-Sun. In Oglethorpe, at corner of Riverview Lane and Hwy 26; 1/2 mile west of Flint River.

16 P COPELAND STRAWBERRY FARMS 90 2nd Avenue • Rochelle, 31079 229.365.7405 or 229.276.6006 stantil@windstream.net March-June, 8:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday. In the city limits of Rochelle, on Hwy 280 W 17 P COPELAND STRAWBERRY FARMS HWY 300 LOCATION Hwy 300 at Striplings • Cordele, 31015 229.535.3123 • stantil@windstream.net March-May, 8:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday, 1:00pm-6:00pm Sunday. Next to Striplings on Hwy 300

20 P DAVIS FARM FRESH PRODUCE 560 John Collins Rd • Pelham, 31779 • 229.294.2540 pelham20@yahoo.com Year Round, Open Daily 7:00am-Dark. Hwy 19 in Pelham 21 DEAN FARMS 4193 Vada Road • Climax, 39834 • 229.246.5511 deanfarms.ga97n@yahoo.com May-November, 8:00am-until. Hwy 97, 10 miles North of Bainbridge. 22 P DEB-DEB’S STRAWBERRIES 145 County Line Rd. • Jenkinsburg, 30234 770.504-1486 or 770.510.8931 deb68deb@gmail.com April-May, 10:00am-7:00pm Tuesday-Saturday, 1:00pm-6:00pm Sunday. Closed Mondays. I-75 to Bill Gardner Pkwy (Exit 212), go east on Hwy 42, Turn South, go 4 miles to County Line Road on right, go 1.5 miles to farm on the right. 23 DICKEY FARMS 3440 Muslla Road • Musella, 31066 • 478.836.4362 or 800.732.2442 www.dickeyfarms.com • info@dickeyfarms.com Peach Season (May-August): Daily, 8:00am-6:00pm. August-April: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm. Always available online. 6 miles north of Roberta at the intersection of Hwys 341 & 42 in Crawford County 24 DICKEY’S AT THE HILLTOP Corner of Hwys 74 & 341 at the round about Culloden, 31016 478.836.4362 www.dickeyfarms.com • info@dickeyfarms.com May-August, 8:30am-5:30pm Daily Located at the corner of Hwys 341 & 74 at the round about in Monroe County, 1/2 mile north of Culloden 25 U

DOUBLE B FARMS CHRISTMAS TREES 8511 Knoxville Rd • Lizella, 31052 478.935.8742 or 478.808.5271 tobybullington@gmail.com 10:00am-5:30pm, Wednesday-Sunday. Open Thanksgiving Day-December 22. From I-475 travel west on US 80 (Eisenhower Pkwy) 3.2 miles, turn left on Knoxville Rd and go 2.7 miles to tree farm on right.

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26 PM ELLIOTT FARMS #1 4761 Holley Road • Lizella, 31052 • 478.935.8180 Follow us on Facebook-Elliott Farms elliottfarmsga@pstel.net Monday-Saturday, 8:00am-7:00pm. Sunday, 10:00am-6:00pm. Hwy. 80 towards Lizella, Turn on South onto Holley Road. Continue on the dirt road. Farm is on the end of the road.

30 PU G.W. LONG FARM 2822 Old Whigham Rd • Bainbridge, 39817 229.246.8086 www.longfarmsnatural.com longfarmsnatural@gmail.com May-July and September-October. Monday-Friday, 7:00am-7:00pm. Saturday, 7:00am-Noon. 2.5 miles east of Bainbridge on Old Whigham Rd on right side, watch for signs.

38 P HORIZON ORCHARDS 390 Melvin Westberry Road • Jesup, 31545 912.270.4676 or 912.586.6737 www.horizonorchards.com philwilliams@windstream.net May-December. Open Daily 8:00am-6:00pm (except Sundays). From Jesup take Hwy 169 North to Melvin Westberry Road. Follow signs.

27 ELLIOTT FARMS #2 9515 Feagin Road • Macon, 31216 • 478.935.8180 Follow us on Facebook-Elliott Farms elliottfarmsga@pstel.net Monday-Saturday, 8:00am-7:00pm. Sunday, 10:00am6:00pm. Strawberry Season only. South on Hwy. 247. Across from Macon Airport.

31 P GARDNER FARMS 3192 Hwy 42 • Locust Grove, 30248 • 770.957.4912 www.gardner-farm.com June-August 7:00am-1:00pm Daily, when fresh produce is available. I-75 south to exit 212 (Locust Grove), left off exit ramp. At dead end at Hwy. 42, turn left heading north for 1 mile. Farm stand is on the left.

39 ISON’S NURSERY & VINEYARD 6855 Newnan Road • Brooks, GA • 770.599.6970 www.isons.com • ison@isons.com Monday-Saturday, 10:00am-6:00pm. Closed Sunday. Halfway between Newnan and Griffin on GA 16.

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ELLIS BROS. PECANS INC. 1315 Tippettville Rd • Vienna, 31092 229.268.9041 or 800.635.0616 www.werenuts.com • orders@werenuts.com Year Round 8:00am-8:00pm Daily. I-75, exit 109 Vienna; go east 75 yards, turn left onto Tippettville Rd and go 1 mile north

29 EMILY’S GARDEN AT HARADON FARM 340 Blair Drive • Ballground, 30107 • 678.614.8959 See our listing at www.georgiagrown.com emilysgarden@etcmail.com June-September, Monday-Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm. Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm. Between Ball Ground and Nelson on Hwy 372. turn on Marion Spence Road and follow signs. P Pick Your Own U You Cut M Maze

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HARDY FARMS PEANUTS 1659 Eastman Hwy • Hawkinsville, 31306 478.783.3044 www.hardyfarmspeanuts.com info@hardyfarmspeanuts.com August-October, 10:00am-7:00pm. 25 locations throughout Georgia… see website for directions.

33 P HARRIETT’S BLUFF FARM 762 Pine Drive • Woodbine, 31569 • 229.392.1388 www.harriettsblufffarm.com or www.facebook.com/ HarriettsBluffOrganicBlueberriesFarm gwkrewer@gmail.com Late April-Mid July. Open Daily 8:00 a.m-7:00 p.m. Call, email, or check website for availability. I-95 Exit 7 (Harriett’s Bluff Road). Head East toward Atlantic Ocean. Go about 3 miles; cross a saltwater creek. Take first left on Pine Drive; go about 1 mile and farm is on the right. 34

HARVEST MOON MARKET, LLC 3103 Thomasville Road • Bainbridge, 39817 229.246.6750 • www.harvestmoonmarketllc.com hrvstmoonmkt@aol.com Open year, Wednesday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Saturday 9:00am-2:00pm. Closed July and August. 4 miles East of Bainbridge, GA on Hwy 84.

35 P HAYES FARM 4229 New Franklin Church Rd • Canon, 30520 706.356.8831 • rlhayes1@windstream.net Call for days open & availability of crops Off I-85 at Lavonia, Hwy 17S, from the traffic light 3.5 miles to Hwy 327 right, 2.2 miles on the right 36 P HILLCREST ORCHARDS 9696 Hwy 52E • Ellijay, 30536 • 706.273.3838 www.hillcrestorchards.net • applelan@ellijay.com Sept, Oct - 9:00am-6:00pm Daily. Nov 9:00am-5:00pm Daily. Call for special events Hwy 515 north to Hwy 52E, 9 miles on right or Hwy 400 N to Hwy 53 through Dawsonville to Hwy 183 to Hwy 52W, 12 miles 37 PM HILLSIDE ORCHARD FARMS COUNTRY STORE & FARM 18 Sorghum Mill Dr • Lakemont, 30552 706.782.2776 www.hillsideorchard.com hillside@hillsideorchard.com Year Round, Monday-Saturday 9:00am-5:30pm. Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm. In Jan/Feb closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. From Atlanta travel north on I-85 to I-985 to 365 to 441, 5 miles north of Tallulah Falls bridge, turn left on Wiley Connector and right at dead end. Store is .7 miles on left

40 M JAEMOR FARM MARKET 5340 Cornelia Hwy • Alto, 30510 770.869.3999 or 0999 www.jaemorfarms.com • info@jaemorfarms.com Open Daily. September-May, 7:00am-6:00pm, Sundays 1:00pm-6:00pm. June-August, 7:00am-7:00pm, Sundays 1:00pm-6:00pm. From Atlanta I-85 north to 985 which becomes 365, Travel 365 to market @35 mile marker on right 41

JAEMOR FARM MARKET AT BANKS CROSSING 40081 U.S. Hwy 441 • Commerce, 30529 706.335.0999 • http://www.jaemorfarms.com/ commerce-market info@jaemorfarms.com (Please indicate in subject: Banks Crossing) Open Daily. Monday-Saturday, 9:00am.-6:00pm; Sunday, 1:00pm.-6:00pm. From Atlanta: I-85 North to exit 149. Turn right onto Hwy. 441 for 3/4 mile; Market on left, above Wal-Mart. From Athens: 441 North to Commerce. Market on the right, same turning lane as Wal-Mart.

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JIBB’S VINEYARDS 1521 Jenkins Farm Road • Byromville, 31007 478.952.8328 Facebook page-Jibb’s Vineyards howardjames2000@yahoo.com Year Round, Monday-Saturday, 8:00am-6:00pm. Sunday late afternoons. Highway 230 to Poplar Springs Road then left on Jenkins Farm Road.

43 PM LANE SOUTHERN ORCHARDS 50 Lane Rd • Fort Valley, 31030 478.825.3592 or 3362 www.lanesouthernorchards.com wendy@lanepacking.com Year Round. May-August 9:00am-7:00pm, SeptemberApril 9:00am-6:00pm. I-75, exit 142, take 96 west 5 miles. From Fort Valley, take 96 east 3 miles 44 P LAWSON PEACHES 8545 Valdosta Hwy • Morven, 31638 • 229.775.2581 lawsonfarms@windstream.net May 1-July 10, 8:00am-8:00pm Daily. I-75, exit 18, 12 miles west to Morven on Hwy 133 45

LITTLE DUCK FARMS (DORSEY FARMS) 66 Rice Lane • Ray City, 31645 229.455.3522 or 229.455.3071 www.littleduckfarms.com • info@littleduckfarms.com Open Seasonal. October-January, Monday-Saturday 8:00am-6:00pm. February-September, call (229)560-0823 for hours. One mile north of Ray City on GA Hwy 125. Also, our pecans are now the Nashville City Farmers Market.

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46 P LOWREY FARMS 2416 Turkey Mountain Road • Rome, 30161 706.295.1157 www.facebook.com (Lowrey Farms) lowreyfarms@aol.com April-October; Monday-Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm. From intersection of Hwy 27 & GA 140: travel east 4.5 miles, market on right. From Adairsville @ I-75: travel west 11 miles, market on left. 47 LUCK AND MOODY PEACHES 13891 Hwy 122 E • Barney, 31625 • 229.775.3300 peachseed7@yahoo.com May-July, 7:30am-7:30pm. I-75 Exit 29. 9 Miles west on state Hwy 122, intersections of Hwys 122 and 76 at railroad tracks 48 MACK AARON APPLE HOUSE 8955 Hwy 52 East • Ellijay, 30536 706.273.3600 or 706.273.3602 (Fax) www.mackaaronsapplehouse.com or facebook.com/ mackaaronsapplehouse • gaaron@ellijay.com; mackaaronsapplehouse@gmail.com July 15-October, 8:00am-6:00pm; November-January (closing), 8:00am-5:00pm. 8.5 miles east of Ellijay on Hwy 52 49 P MARK’S MELON PATCH 8580 Albany Hwy • Dawson, 39842 229.698.4750 or 229.881.0814 www.marksmelonpatch.com sales@marksmelonpatch.com Year Round April-October 8:00am-7:00pm, NovemberMarch 8:00am-6:00pm. 9 miles from Albany Mall - Hwy 82 west, 1 mile east of Sasser. 50 P MERCIER ORCHARDS 8660 Blue Ridge Drive • Blue Ridge, 30513 800.361.7731 www.mercier-orchards.com customer.service@mercier-orchards.com Sunday-Saturday: December-May, 7:00am-6:00pm; May-November, 7:00am-8:00pm. 2 miles north of Blue Ridge on Hwy 5. 51

MERRITT PECAN CO., INC. Hwy 520 • Weston, 31832 • 229.828.6610 www.merritt-pecan.com • nutty@sowega.net Year Round (except Christmas), 7:00am-7:00pm. Located on Hwy 520 halfway between Albany & Columbus.

52 PU MINTER’S FARM 283 Hill’s Bridge Road • Fayetteville, 30215 770.461.2840 www.mintersfarm.com • contactfarm@mintersfarm. com April 15-Thanksgiving, Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. Thanksgiving-December 31, Open daily 9:00am-6:00pm. From Fayetteville, take GA Hwy 92 south out of Fayetteville. Go 5 miles and turn left on Hill’s Bridge Road. Go 3/4 mile and the farm is just beyond the cemetery. 53 PM MITCHAM FARM 750 Macedonia Church Rd • Oxford, 30054 770.786.8805 or 770.855-1530 www.mitchamfarm.com • mitchamemy@bellsouth.net Seasonal-Call Ahead Exit #93 off I-20 Hazelbrand Road (Hwy 142); North on Hwy 142; Turn Right on Hwy 81 (north). Make quick left onto Macedonia Church Road. Farm will be 1.3 miles with strawberries on right and corn maze on left.

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54 P MOON FARMS COUNTRY MARKET 3498 Hwy 72 East • Colbert, 30628 • 706.338.0065 www.moon-farms.com strawberries@moon-farms.com April-June, 9:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday, 2:00pm-6:00pm Sunday. From Athens: Take US Hwy 29 North toward Danielsville. Turn Right on GA Hwy 72 East. Go Approximately 10 miles. When approaching the farm, you will go past the junction for GA Hwy 172 on your left. Right before the Four Lane highway turns into two lanes. 55 P OCHLOCKONEE RIDGE FARMS LLC. 1069 Rossman Dairy Rd • Moultrie, 31768 229.941.5971 or 229.891.0583 www.oridgefarms.com • oridgefarms@gmail.com March-June, Call for Hours and availability. From Moultrie take Hwy 37 W. Turn right on Rossman Dairy Rd. Market 1.9 miles on left 56 ODOM APIARIES 2310 Williford Road • Rebecca, 31783 • 229.392.0321 www.odomapiaries.com odomapiaries03@yahoo.com Year Round, 8:00 a.m.-until. I-75 Exit 84, 8.5 miles on Hwy 159 NE. We will be on your right on Williford Road (dirt road). You can see us from highway. OSAGE FARM 5030 Hwy 441 North • Rabun Gap, 30568 706.746.7262 May-October, 8:00am-6:00pm, 7 days. On US 441- 1 mile south of Dillard, GA. 7 miles north of Clayton. 58 PM OTTAWA FARMS 702 Bloomingdale Road • Bloomingdale, 31302 912.748.3035 www.ottawafarms.com • rwd748@gmail.com March-November: Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30am-6:00pm and Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm. December-February: Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm. From Savannah, Take I-16 West to Bloomingdale Road exit (#152). Go Right and farm is 2 miles on the right.

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PEARSON FARM 5575 Zenith Mill Rd • Fort Valley, 31030 478.825.7504 www.pearsonfarm.com customerservice@pearsonfarm.com May-August (Peaches), November-January (Pecans), 9:00am-5:00pm. 5 miles north of Fort Valley just off Hwy 341. Turn left on Zenith Mill Rd, go 1 mile to packing house on right

63 M POPPELL FARMS 1765 Hyma Poppell Loop • Odum, 31555 912.586.2215 www.poppellfarms.com • popfarms1@windstream.net Vegetables: June-August, 8:00am-6:00pm. daily. Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch: Saturdays and Sundays in October. From Jessup Highway 341N, Turn onto Tank Rd. Follow signs, 4 1/2 miles 64 P PRESCOTT’S STRAWBERRIES 2226 Gus Perdue Rd • Wrens, 30833 • 706.547.3717 prescottstrawberries@gmail.com April-Mid June, Monday-Saturday 8:00am-8:00pm. Take Hwy 1 North of Wrens .4 miles past the intersection of Hwy 221, turn onto Farm Lane Rd and follow signs 65

R & A ORCHARD INC. 5505 Hwy 52 E • Ellijay, 30536 706.273.3821 or 2639 www.randaorchards.com apples@randaorchards.com 9:00am-6:00pm Year Round. 4 miles east of Ellijay on Hwy 52 on left

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PACKER PRODUCE 1601 1st Avenue SE (State Farmers Market) Moultrie, 31768 229.668.7225 brian@packerproduce.com Year Round, 9:00am-6:00pm Monday-Friday; Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm. One block west of Hwy 319 in the Moultrie at the State Farmers Market

60 P PAULK VINEYARDS 1788 Satilla Rd • Wray, 31798 • 229.468.7873 www.paulkvineyards.com pvinfo@paulkvineyards.com August-September 9:00am-7:00pm. Closed on Sunday. 3 miles south of Hwy 32, between Ocilla and Douglas 61 PU PAYNE FARM AND PRODUCE 204 Salem Road • Calhoun, 30703 770.878.2005 or 770.480-7004 www.paynefarm.net April-January, Call for Hours From the intersection of GA 53 and US 41 in Calhoun, travel south on US 41 about 2 miles and turn right on Salem Rd. Market is .2 miles. From Adairsville, travel north ]on US 41 to Salem Rd and turn left. Market is .2 miles

67 P RED APPLE BARN/ LITTLE BEND ORCHARDS 3379 Tails Creek Rd • Ellijay, 30540 • 706.635.5898 www.redapplebarn.com • apples@redapplebarn.com August 15-December 20, Monday-Saturday 9:00am6:00pm, Sunday 12:30pm-5:30pm. 3.5 miles west of Ellijay on US Hwy 76/GA 282 68 ROCKIN “S” FARM MARKET 465 Claude Scott Drive • Canton, 30115 770.377.0290, 770.596.0711 stewarttns@bellsouth.net Year Round, 8:00am-6:00pm, Monday-Saturday. Hwy 20 West from Cumming to Canton. Take Hwy 372 South at the Free Home intersection. Right on Wyatt Road. Right on Claude Scottt. 4th residence on left. 69 P

ROSS BERRY FARM AND APIARIES, INC. 159 Watkins Road • Canton, 30115 770.776.6094 or 404.775.3220 www.rossberryfarm.com • terry@rossberryfarm.com Year Round, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 2:00pm-6:00pm. GA Hwy 20 to Union Hill Road, Turn Left onto Owens Road then Right onto Watkins Road. OR GA Hwy 140 to Sugar Pike Road, Turn Right onto Lower Union Hill Road, then turn Right on Union Hill Road, Left on Owens Road and Right on Watkins Road. P Pick Your Own U You Cut M Maze

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70 P SIMS FARM 1608 Burning Bush Road • Ringgold, 30736 706.866.4062 or 423.593.4021 simssodfarm@bellsouth.net May-July, 8:00am-4:00pm. Head North on I-75, and take Exit 350 and turn left. Go approximately 3 miles and turn left on Dietz Road. Go 1 mile to the 4-way stop. Go straight. Name of road changes to Burning Bush Road. Go 1.5 miles and farm is on right. 71

SLEDGE FARMS PEACH HOUSE 744 John E. Sullivan Road • Byron, 31008 478.956.2742 or 478.808.4690 sledge1@windstream.net June, July and August, Monday-Saturday 8:00am-6:00pm. On I-75, take Exit 146 and travel West for 1 mile. Turn left on John E. Sullivan Road, 1/2 mile on left.

72 PMU SOUTHERN BELLE FARM 1658 Turner Church Road • McDonough, 30252 770.288.2582 www.southernbellefarm.com jcarter@southernbellefarm.com Hours seasonal; visit website for updated hours. See directions at southernbellefarm.com 73 P SOUTHERN GRACE FARMS 11946 Nashville Enigma Road • Enigma, 31749 229.533.8585 • www.southerngracefarms.com sgracefarms@hotmail.com March-July, Monday-Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm. From Hwy 82 in Enigma, go south on Nashville-Enigma Hwy 4 miles. Located across from Berrien Peanut Co. New in 2015: Farm Market store. 74 U SPRING BROOK FARM LLC 1520 Mandeville Rd • Carrollton, 30117-5430 770.861.5333 • www.springbrooktrees.com dave@springbrooktrees.com November-December, Saturday & Sunday 9:00am6:00pm. Open Thanksgiving Day. I-20 West to exit 11. Turn left onto Hwy 27 S, go 2.6 miles and turn left onto Mandeville Rd (Co.Rd. 240), cross Miller Academy Rd at first stop sign and travel .8 miles to farm on left 75 PM SUNNY DAY FARMS 6353 US Hwy 1 N • Louisville, 30434 • 706.360.5051 www.sunnydayfarms.net sunnydayfarmsllc@gmail.com March-December. Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-6:00pm. Fall hours-check website. 4 miles North of Louisville on US Hwy 1. 76 P SWEET SOUTH STRAWBERRY FARM 955 W Moores Crossing Road • Thomaston, 30286 706.656.0965 or 706.647.8440 sweetsouthstrawberryfarm@hotmail.com End of March-First of June. Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00am-6:00pm. Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm. West on Hwy 36 from Barnesville, turn right on East Moores Crossing Road. Less than a mile, turn left on West Moores Crossing Road. Market will on the right less than a mile. 77 P

T AND T FARMS 698 Hwy 338 • Dublin, 31021 478.676.3670 or 3230 • nancytomlinson@lcboe.net Year Round/Seasonal. From I-16, Exit 42, travel north 6 miles on Hwy 338. Farm on right

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78 P TAYLOR ORCHARDS & THE STRAWBERRY PATCH AT TAYLOR ORCHARDS Peaches-1165 Fall Line Freeway East; Strawberries-41 Racetrack Rd. • Reynolds, 31076 Peaches-478.847.4186; Strawberries-478.847.2539 www.taylororchards.com • gafruit@pstel.net Arpril (Strawberries), May-August (Peaches), 8:00am-6:00pm Daily. From traffic light in Reynolds,, head west on US Hwy 96 for approx. 1 mile and Taylor Orchards is on right. Strawberry Patch is approx. 1 1/4 miles past traffic light on left at Racetrack Road. Patch is on the left. 79 PMU THE MARKET AT RUTLAND FARMS 5641 Union Road • Tifton, 31794 • 229.386.5111 www.rutlandfarms.com • ryan@rutlandfarms.com Year Round, Monday-Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm. I-75, exit 55, turn west and travel .5 miles to dead end, turn left and farm is 1 mile on left 80 PM THE ROCK RANCH 5020 Barnesville Hwy • The Rock, 30285 706.647.6374 www.therockranch.com • info@therockranch.com April-November. Please check website for hours and available products. West on Hwy 36 from Barnesville-look for signs 81 P THE TOMATO PATCH AT EVERGREEN PRODUCE, LLC 867 Rountree McCranie Road • Adel, 31620 229.848.9750 www.facebook.com/Evergreen Produce LLC Mid-May-July and September-November. Call for hours and availability. Open Daily, closed Sundays. I-75, take exit 39 and go on Hwy 37 West for 5 miles. Look for signs. 82 THOMAS ORCHARDS, GREENHOUSE & GIFT SHOP 6091 Macon Hwy (Hwy 441) • Bishop, 30621 706.769.5011 www.thomasorchardsandnursery.com pt1117@bellsouth.net March-December, 9:00am-6:00pm Daily. February, 9:00am-5:00pm, Wednesday-Saturday. Go to the website for more details. 8 miles south of Athens on Hwy 441 at Watkinsville By-Pass 83

THOMPSON FARMS ALL NATURAL PORK 2538 Dixie Rd • Dixie, 31629 229.263.9074 or 229.263.8296 (fax) www.thompsonfarms.com tfsmokehouse@thompsonfarms.com Year Round Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm. 2.5 miles west of Dixie on Dixie Road

84 P TOM SAWYER FARM 952 Empire Chester Hwy • Cochran, 31014 478.934.7584 or 478.230.7330 Call for days open and availability of crops, April–August 1st. GA Hwy 257, 2 Miles east of Empire in north Dodge County 85 M UNCLE BOB’S PUMPKIN PATCH 3781 E. Happy Valley Circle • Newnan, 30263 770.253.8100 www.uncle-bob.com • jwitt93@gmail.com Friday & Sunday, 2:00pm-6:00pm & Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm. I-85 to exit 51. Travel west to Hwy 29 go 3 miles south on Hwy 29 to Cedar Creek Rd. Turn right and go 3 miles to Happy Valley Circle and turn left 1/4 mile the farm is on right.

86 M UNCLE SHUCKS CORN MAZE AND PUMPKIN PATCH 4525 Georgia Hwy 53E • Dawsonville 770.772.6223 or 888.OSHUCKS www.uncleshucks.com • mpinzl@uncleshucks.com September and November: Friday, 4:00pm-10:00pm; Saturday, 10:00am-10:00pm; Sunday10:00am6:00pm. October: Sunday-Thursday, 10:00am-6:00pm; Friday-Saturday 10:00am-10:00pm. Check website. Located 2 Miles West of Hwy 400 on Hwy 53. 87 PM WARBINGTON FARMS 5555 Crow Road • Cumming, 30041 • 470.297.9567 www.warbingtonfarms.com warbingtonfarmsinfo@gmail.com April-June (Strawberry Season depends on availability), Monday-Saturday 11:00am-6:00pm. Sunday 1:00pm6:00pm. Fall Hours (Sept. 27-Oct. 31) Friday&Saturday 11:00am-6:00pm. Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm. Hwy 400 N to Exit 17, turn right on Hwy 306. Then go East on Hwy 369 at 3rd light and turn left on Little Mill Road. Go 1.7 miles and turn left onto Crow Road. Farm is on right. 88 P WASHINGTON FARMS LOGANVILLE 270 Willowwind Drive • Loganville, 30052 770.554.8119 www.washingtonfarms.net info@washingtonfarms.net Open for Strawberry Season only. All fall activities are at our Watkinsville farm. Check website for details. See website for directions. 89 PM WASHINGTON FARMS-WATKINSVILLE 5691 Hog Mountain Road • Watkinsville, 30677 706.769.0627 www.washingtonfarms.net info@washingtonfarms.net April-October. Hours vary by season. Check website for details. See website for directions. 90 WHITE OAK PASTURES 22775 Highway 27 • Bluffton, 39824 • 229.641.2081 www.whiteoakpastures.com willharris@whiteoakpastures.com; jenniharris@whiteoakpastures.com Year Round; 8:00am-6:00pm Monday through Friday; 9:00am-5:00pm on Saturday. Resturant: Lunch, Monday-Saturday, Noon-1:30pm. Supper, Friday and Saturday evenings 6:00pm-8:00pm. 9 miles north of Blakely on Hwy 27 91 P WILLIAM L. BROWN FARM MARKET Hwy 49 • Montezuma, 31063 • 478.472.8767 or 6513 www.williamlbrownfarms.com williamlbrown@windstream.net June-August, Monday-Saturday 8:30am-6:00pm, Sunday 1:30pm-6:00pm. 1 mile north of Montezuma city limits on Hwy 49 92 PMU YULE FOREST HWY 155 THE PUMPKIN PATCH 3565 Hwy 155N • Stockbridge, 30281 • 770.954.9356 www.yuleforest.com and www.fearthewoods.com yuleforest155@aol.com Open Year Round for Landscape Trees. October-December, 9:00am-Dark. I-75 to Hudson Bridge Exit. Go East on Hudson Bridge to Hwy 155 and turn left and farm is 4 miles on the left. P Pick Your Own U You Cut M Maze

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