AUBURN,Ala.—When the 39th Sunbelt Ag Expo gets underway October 18 in Moultrie, Georgia, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University’s College of Agriculture will be on hand. Alabama Extension professionals, Auburn faculty and students will showcase research, education and Extension efforts to improve Alabama’s economy and quality of life.
College of Agriculture Dean Paul Patterson says that Auburn University has a longstanding relationship with the Expo.
“Auburn has been a part of the Sunbelt Ag Expo for many years, and proudly so,” said Patterson. “The Expo is one of the nation’s leading farm show events. It brings together many alumni and friends of Auburn, while introducing us to many other leaders in the agricultural industry. We’re proud to be a part of the Expo again this year.”
More than 80,000 visitors are expected to attend the Expo. It run October 18 through October 20.
“At this year’s Expo, Alabama Extension will highlight how we help farmers and producers enhance both their profitability and sustainability,” said Dr. Gary Lemme, Alabama Extension director. “We grow Alabama and Expo visitors will learn how we do that.”
Auburn and Extension representatives will be in several places at the Expo. Visitors to the Auburn building will learn about topics ranging from bees and pollination to unmanned aerial systems’ applications. High school students also can visit with College of Agriculture students and faculty to learn more about Auburn’s majors and degree options. In addition, Henry Dorough, an Extension regional animal science agent, will do a presentation each day in the sheep and goat barn. He will discuss ways small ruminant producers can manage their pastures for the highest quality forages.
The Sunbelt Ag Expo is North America’s Premier Farm Show. The Expo will offer more than 300 seminars and demonstrations to visitors. Topics include beef cattle, equine, goat and sheep, fish ponds and poultry. More than 20 Southeastern land grant colleges and universities provide the educational workshops free to Expo visitors.