Get the details on the ag and farm shows going on in January; it’s a good time to be in the ag industry.
January is a big month for holding ag and farm shows because many in the ag industry have a window of time between last year’s harvest and this year’s preparations for planting. It’s a time where the country’s farmers make repairs, straighten out paperwork, study the past, and prepare for the future— and go to meetings. The slew of ag and farm shows in January are just part of the different meetings, educational seminars, and events farmers attend to improve their agribusinesses. See a summary of January’s major shows, meetings, and seminars in the Southeast below.
January Ag and Farm Shows
- Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Held January 5th to the 8th in Savannah, Georgia, this is one of largest ag and farm shows in the Southeast. It offers an educational conference and trade show in one, focusing on the fruit and vegetable industry. The three days of the conference are filled with over 80 hours of educational sessions and 85,000 feet of trade show floor space featuring suppliers, products, and growers— that’s a lot of hours and space devoted to resources. AgAmerica’s Correspondent Lenders Ethan Cooper and Cameron Flowers attended and were able to discuss ag financing solutions with attendees.
- North Carolina Blueberry Open House & Trade Show. Slated for January 10th through the 11th in Fayetteville, North Carolina, this year they’ll be celebrating 51 years of the North Carolina Blueberry Council. The event offers educational seminars and meetings that explore the information and technology pertinent to blueberry producers.
- Georgia Plant Food Educational Society, Inc. Winter Meeting & Trade Show. Held January 10th and 11th, this event offers the chance for University of Georgia Researchers, growers, manufacturers, dealers, and government agencies to come together for “two full days of education, fellowship, and comradery,” in the UGA Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia. While you’re at the show, make sure to stop by the AgAmerica Lending booth and shake hands with Ethan Cooper. He can offer unique insight for your ag loan or farm refinancing
- South Carolina AgriBiz and Farm Expo. Another one of the main ag and farm shows of the Southeast, attendees will find educational sessions, over 100 exhibitors, and the latest in ag technology and developments this January 11th and 12th in Florence, South Carolina. When you stop by the AgAmerica booth, make sure to shake hands with Cameron Flowers. He will be on hand to answer your questions about our land mortgages.
- South Carolina Watermelon Association Annual Conference. Held January 13th to the 14th in Columbia, SC, the conference is an opportunity for those in the watermelon industry to meet, delegate, and discuss their industry. Our Correspondent Lender Cameron Flowers will be there to answer your questions about melon farm loans.
- Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE). Hosted by the Florida Nursery, Growers, and Landscape Association in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the TPIE is one of the biggest ag and farm shows and features the latest trends in foliage, floral, and tropical plants. Slated for January 18th to the 20th, the exhibit area will include nearly five acres of live plants and over 400 exhibiting companies. Don’t forget to meet up with our Regional Account Manager Chuck Cruse. With his 18 years of experience in agriculture banking and finance, Chuck can offer a fresh perspective to your ag lending
- Southern Southeastern, Inc. Annual Meeting. This is for the cotton growers and ginners represented by Southern Southeastern, Inc. Held from January 18th to the 21st in Charlotte, North Carolina, the event features meetings, committees, and educational presentations. After you’re done getting great ideas from one of their many sessions, stop by the AgAmerica booth and shake hands with Cameron Flowers.
- Georgia Peanut Farm Show & Conference. Held January 19th in Tifton, Georgia, this is the 41st annual event; they’re expecting over 1,400 peanut farmers for the educational sessions, seed seminars awards, ceremonies, and prizes. Before you leave, make sure to talk to our AgAmerica team members Ethan Cooper and Don Harden.
- Florida Citrus Show. One of the main ag and farm shows for Florida citrus professionals, this event runs from January 25th to the 26th in Ft. Pierce, Florida. It’s an important event filled with educational sessions, exhibits, and networking opportunities. As an authority on citrus, AgAmerica Regional Account Manager Chuck Cruse will be there to talk shop with attendees.
- South Carolina Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Leadership Conference. Scheduled January 27th and 28th in Charleston, South Carolina, this event brings farmers, ranchers, agribusiness professionals, and ag enthusiasts between the ages of 18 and 35 together for educational, networking, and leadership development opportunities. As a young rancher himself, Correspondent Lender Cameron Flowers is looking forward to connecting with industry peers.
As the nation’s premier farm lender, we know how important ag and farm shows are to those in the industry. It’s our mission to assist the country’s growers and producers with our low interest rates, long amortizations, and an outstanding 10-year line of credit.
Growing up in the Florida cattle and citrus business, Don Harden manages his family ranch of several thousand head of cattle and horses. He has almost 40 years of experience in the real estate business; 15 years of which were spent with a large real estate auction company specializing in agricultural sales.
Ethan O. Cooper was born and raised in Lake City, Florida, with the love of the outdoors in his blood. After graduating high school, Ethan attended Lake City Community College, obtaining a dual degree in Golf Course Operations and Turf Management. Prior to being accepted into the Turf Management program, Ethan completed a year-long internship working at Houston Lake Country Club golf course in Perry, Georgia. Ethan completed two more required internships at The Augusta National Golf Course and Great Waters at Reynolds Plantation. These opportunities led him to his next challenge: being invited to assist Augusta National with The Master’s Tournament over the next seven years.
Cameron Flowers is a 7th generation South Carolinian having been born and raised in Aynor, South Carolina. He grew up working on his family’s tobacco and swine farm, and in high school won both the state FFA soil judging and farm business management competitions.