Published on 01/27/16

Snowed-out Georgia Ag Forecast at Unicoi State Park rescheduled

By Merritt Melancon

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has rescheduled its Georgia Ag Forecast seminar at Unicoi State Park in White County, Georgia, for Wednesday, Feb. 17.

This agricultural economic outlook event for northeast Georgia was originally scheduled for Jan. 22, but was canceled due to winter weather.

Those who were registered for the Jan. 22 date have the option of transferring their registration to the new date or receiving a refund. For those who had not registered for an Ag Forecast seminar yet, this will be the last chance to get an in-person look at what 2016 holds in terms of commodity prices and farm policy.

At the annual 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 that focuses on Georgia’s major commodities and the way that global markets, weather patterns and historical trends will affect those commodities.

In addition to the 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.

For an overview of what UGA economists said at the other Georgia Ag Forecast seminar locations this year, see the UGA Cooperative Extension news article, "Encouraging beef, peanut prices expected in 2016."

For more information or to register for the February 17 event, visit

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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