The Fannin County Young Farmers Association held their monthly Ag Talk and Meeting on July 16 at the Fannin County High School Agriculture Classroom at 12:00pm. The event began with President, Kenny Queen calling the meeting to order, Lunch was served and was sponsored by the Chestatee- Chattahoochee Resource Conservation and Development Council. Dan Wallace and Gary Hankins from the USDA-NRCS office in Athens presented the Ag Talk. The demonstration was a rainfall simulator on real life field samples which gave an insight into the health of soil and showed how management effects the soil health. Soil health on cropland and pasture determine water quality and erosion, and ultimately a farm’s bottom line. Doug Towery from the USDA-NRCS in Blairsville assisted with the program.
The talk was followed by a business meeting. The next Ag Talk and meeting will be held on August 20th at 6pm.
Fannin County Young Farmers members traveled to the State Capital in Atlanta on Tuesday, February 13 for the Georgia Young Farmers Legislative breakfast. While at the capital the group visited with Senator Steve Gooch and Speaker of the House David Ralston and thanked them for their support of Agriculture and the Georgia Young Farmers Program.
Featured picture: Kenny Queen, Teri Long, Tom Hamby, Speaker Ralston, Aaron Walden, Tayelor Long Rhonda Mathews
Picture below left to right: Kenny Queen, Tayelor Long, Senator Gooch, Teri Long, Aaron Walden, Tom Hamby
The Fannin County Young Farmers Association and The Blue Ridge Mountain Cattleman’s Association help a joint function on January 11 at 6pm at Cohutta Country Store. A meal was served and was sponsored by BRM Cattleman’s Association and Cohutta Country Store. Guest speaker wasFetal dystocia is abnormal fetal size or position resulting in difficult delivery. Dr. Credille also brought a calving simulator to demonstrate to the group how to properly deliver a calf if the cow is unable to deliver on her own. Anyone who wanted to try to deliver the calf was able to give it a try. Pictured is Tayelor Long and Dr. Credille. 65 people were in attendance.Brent Credille, DVM, PhD, DACVIM; Assistant Professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia . He spoke to the group about DYSTOCIA MANAGEMENT IN BEEF CATTLE,
The Fannin County Young Farmers Association held their monthly meeting and agriculture talk on Dec. 18, 2017, at noon at the Feed Fannin Farm House at the Fannin County School System property on Ada Street. Twenty-four were in attendance. The meal was sponsored by Fannin County Farm Bureau, Circle J Steakhouse, and Wendy’s of Blue Ridge. The program focused on updates in taxes, insurance, and property appraisals in the agricultural industry. Speakers were Dawn Cochran, of the Fannin County Property Appraisers office, Charlie Edmondson, of State Farm Insurance, and Stephanie Ingle, representing Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. Association business was led by President Kenny Queen and discussed, and the meeting was adjourned at 1:45 p.m. The January meeting and talk will be held Jan. 15 at the Veranda at Cucina Rustica at noon. Mark Lee, owner of RC Drones sales and service will lead the presentation on The Use of Drones in Agriculture.
Fannin County Young Farmers Association fresh wreath and swag class was held at Fannin County High School on November 30 at 6:00pm. There were 45 participants that were instructed on how to make fresh wreaths and swags. The Fannin Sentinel sponsored the refreshments. N and N Florist, Silks for Less, Floral Creations, and Young Farmers members donated the supplies. Becky Howard, Katherine Dyer , Rhonda Mathews, and Cherie White instructed the class. FFA members Zachary Franklin, Layne Epperson, Lucas Patterson, Brooke Crowder, Bretton Williams, and Tayelor Long assisted. This workshop will be scheduled again next year, with the deadline to register the Friday before Thanksgiving.
Pictured Left To Right: Courtney Crump, Cassidy Rymer, Julie Locke, Kelly Locke, Kayla Allen, Candace Newton
The Fannin County Young Farmers Association held a grape production tour and talk on Monday, November 27. The group toured Hot House Vineyards, The Vineyard at Gibbs Farms and Bear Claw Vineyard. 25 FCYFA and community members attended. Mr. Clark MacAllister County Extension Agent in both Lumpkin and Dawson Counties and a member of the University of Georgia Viticulture Team presented a program on grape production in the state and in our area. Ron and Diane Sullivan and Bubba Gibbs gave a tour of their vineyards to the participants. The group the traveled to Bear Claw Vineyard and toured their processing facility. Fannin County Extension Agent Eddie Ayers was also on hand to answer questions. A spaghetti dinner was made possible by sponsor United Community Bank and Bear Claw Vineyards hosted the presentation and dinner . The Fannin County Young Farmers Association also held their monthly business meeting at the end of the evening.
A group of Fannin County Young Farmers Association members attended the Sunbelt Agriculture Expo in Moultrie, Georgia on Tuesday, October 17. The Sunbelt Agriculture Expo is North America’s Premier Farm Show with 1200 plus exhibitors, 300 plus seminars and demonstrations, equipment driving ranges and test tracks, harvesting and tilling demonstrations.
Those members attending were Left to right Phyllis Davis, Kenny Queen, Eli Queen, Teri Long, Kenny Holland, Tayelor Long, Bill Bragg, Seth Davis, Tom Hamby and not pictured Rhonda Mathews.
The Fannin County Young Farmer Association Advisor Rhonda Mathews and five Fannin County High School Agriculture Education students volunteered at the Feed Fannin Gardens on Wednesday, October 11. The soggy gardens did not stop the work to be done. Fences and tomato cages were able dissembled to mark an end to the growing season and sweet potatoes that were recently harvested were cleaned and loaded to be delivered to the food pantry.
Pictured Left to Right: Cathy Beck- Feed Fannin, Mason Ballew, Kayden Couch, Bretton Williams, Dakota Burk, and Evan Asbury.