Published on 01/21/16

UGA Ag Forecast at Unicoi State Park canceled due to winter weather

By Merritt Melancon

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Georgia Ag Forecast seminar at Unicoi State Park has been canceled due to potentially hazardous winter conditions in White County and north Georgia.

It is the policy of the Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series to cancel events for weather reasons only when the local school systems have canceled classes. As of 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, White County Schools have canceled class for Friday, Jan. 22.

The Georgia Ag Forecast staff will work to reschedule the seminar in the coming weeks. All of those who registered for the Jan. 22 seminar at Unicoi State Park in White County will be notified by email of the rescheduled date as soon as it's available.

If the staff is not able to reschedule the seminar or if participants cannot attend the reschedule date, refunds will be issued.

As of Thursday evening, the four remaining sessions will still be held as planned: Bainbridge on Monday, Jan. 25; Tifton on Tuesday, Jan. 26; Alma on Wednesday, Jan. 27; and Macon on Friday, January 29.

At Georgia Ag Forecast, economists from the university’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development (CAED) and from the college’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics deliver an economic outlook focusing on Georgia’s major commodities and the way that global markets, weather patterns and historical trends will affect those commodities.

In addition to the annual economic outlook, CAED Director Kent Wolfe and fellow UGA agricultural economist Sharon P. Kane will give a briefing on the Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption, often referred to as “GATE,” and how it is reflected in county sales tax revenue.

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Merritt Melancon is a public relations manager with UGA's Terry College of Business and previously served as a public relations coordinator for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UGA Extension.

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