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Fort Valley State University prepares for Agricultural Field Day

Published: 08/30/17 3:46PM
By: fordlatasha

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Farmers and interested spectators looking for a firsthand view of the latest agricultural practices can visit Fort Valley State University on Sept. 14 for the 2017 Agricultural Field Day.

This free event, sponsored by FVSU’s College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Agricultural Technology Conference Center (ATCC), located at 46 Camp John Hope Road. On-site registration is available from 8 to 9 a.m. for persons who have not pre-registered. Attendees are encouraged to dress comfortably.

Food sampling from the “Taste of Ag” and drone demonstrations are just a few of the 13 featured demonstrations and displays that will be available to the public. Other demonstrations and displays include robots, tractor GPS navigation, peach fertilization/pruning, solar energy, bioenergy crops, peanuts and cotton, aquaculture, holistic organic farming and solid set/drip irrigation on crops.

Also, tractor-drawn wagon rides will be offered for transportation to and from various sites.

Dr. James Brown, FVSU professor and interim program leader of agriculture and natural resources, said the last Agricultural Field Day held in 2011 had a successful turnout of 1,400 people. Brown, who chairs the event’s planning committee, said he’s hoping for an even greater outcome this year.

Agricultural Field Day is aimed at attracting farmers, gardeners and persons interested in producing edible crops and raising healthy animals for food production. It also serves as a learning experience for persons interested in eating healthier.

For more information about the 2017 Agricultural Field Day, contact Brown at (478) 827-3118 or brownj01@fvsu.edu.