Agriculture is a driving force in our state’s economy, and all of Georgia’s 159 counties have agricultural producers that make agriculture the largest industry in our state.  Farm-gate values are the dollar amounts put on agricultural products, and here in Chattooga County our farm-gate values exceed $38 million.  The largest segment of agriculture in Chattooga County is beef cattle, followed by poultry, but row crops such as corn and soybeans are also a major contributor to the county’s farm-gate values.  Around 1,554 acres of corn are grown in Chattooga County and 1,198 acres of soybeans are planted.

A Northwest Georgia area corn and soybean production meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 3rd  from 9:30 AM – 2 PM at the Olim Tatum Agricultural Building, 320 W. Cherokee Ave. in Cartersville.

Bartow County Extension will host UGA specialists presenting topics including: corn and soybean plant disease management, weed management, insect pest management and agronomic practices. Pesticide credits will also be offered.

Pre-registration (lunch included) is due to Bartow County Extension by January 30the. There is no cost for the update.

To register or for more information contact Bartow Extension at 770-387-5142 or uge1015@uga.edu.