Programs and Events

Click here for information and locations for the Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program

This program aims to support beginning farmers and ranchers to help protect the future of food and fiber in Georgia.

Athens-Clarke County Extension 2018 Free Gardening Class Series

What: The Athens-Clarke County Extension 2018 Free Gardening Class Series is open to the public, gardeners of all experience levels are welcome. All classes are held from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Athens-Clarke County Public Library Auditorium.

  • “Camellias, Azaleas, and Gardenias” will be held on Wednesday, October 24. This informative class will cover basic information about these three popular flowering shrubs including growing requirements, care and maintenance.
  • “Introduction to Organic Gardening” will be held on Wednesday, November 28. This informative class will cover basic concepts of organic gardening, best chemical-free practices and methods, organic amendments and products.

Where: Athens-Clarke County Library, Appleton Auditorium: 2025 Baxter St., Athens, GA 30606

When: See dates above. All classes are from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.

Registration: Registration is required. Please register by contacting Amanda Tedrow at (706)613-3640 or e-mail to


Sunbelt Ag Expo

What: The Sunbelt Ag Expo is an agricultural-based trade show held at Spence Field in Moultrie, Ga. Known as “North America’s Premier Farm Show”® the annual event has more than 1200 exhibitors showcasing the latest in farming technology. Whether you are a large acreage production farmer or a weekend lifestyle farmer the Expo is an event you don’t want to miss. The Expo’s unique site has a 100-acre exhibit area adjoining a 600-acre working research farm. In the exhibit area, which includes both outdoor and indoor exhibits visitors will find every imaginable product or service a farm could ever need. In addition to the static exhibits visitors can attend educational, entertaining seminars and demonstrations offered in a variety of specialized areas. Visitors can ride take a tram from the exhibit area to the fields where cotton, peanuts, corn, soybeans, and hay are being harvested. These harvesting demonstrations, as well as tillage demonstrations, equipment driving ranges, irrigation technology and precision ag demonstrations all provide opportunities to see and compare a wide range of equipment in an actual working setting. Company representatives and specialists are in the fields to answer visitor questions.

Where: Spence Field, 290-G Harper Boulevard, Moultrie, GA 31788

When: October 16 - 18, 2018

Registration: For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:


2018 D.W. Brooks Lecture and Awards

What: Robert Paarlberg will present this year's lecture titled, "Foodies vs. Aggies: compromise for a New Food System". Reception immediately following. Read more about Paarlberg here.

Where: Mahler Auditorium at the UGA Center for Continuing Education and Hotel: 1197 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602-3603.

When: Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 3:30 pm.

Registration: No registration required.


Southern Region Integrated Produce Safety Conference

What: Join us for an engaging 2 day Integrated Produce Safety Conference to discuss ongoing efforts and best practices in the delivery of FSMA related training, education and technical assistance within the southern US. Partners from industry, trade organizations, non-profit organizations, universities, and government agencies are invited to share efforts and discuss challenges affecting FSMA outreach. The training needs of the owners and operators of small and medium-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers, small food processors, and small fruit and vegetables merchant wholesalers are a key concern throughout the region. Through this conference, best practices for reaching these groups will be identified and partnerships for more effective outreach will be established.

Where: The American Hotel Atlanta Downtown (Doubletree by Hilton) 160 Ted Turner Dr. NW Atlanta, GA 30303

When: November 13-14, 2018

Registration: Registration coming soon, please check back again. For questions, contact Maggie Brown: or 404-971-1188


2019 Southern Sustainable Agricultural Working Group (SSAWG) Conference

What: An annual event, providing a forum to learn about sustainable farming techniques and marketing strategies, community food systems, and federal farm policies and programs that promote sustainable agriculture. This event also provides producers, researchers, information providers, concerned consumers and community organizers the opportunity to build networks, strengthen alliances, and celebrate the achievements of Southern sustainable farmers. This conference is loaded with practical information tailored for those in the South producing organic and sustainable food on a commercial scale and for those in our region working to improve local food systems. All conference sessions, pre-conference courses and field trips will be led by successful producers and well-respected educators and organizers from around the region with extensive knowledge and, more importantly, practical experience.

Where: Statehouse Convention Center, 101 East Markham Street, Little Rock, AR, 72201

When: January 23 - 26, 2019

Registration: For rates and to register online, visit:


Sudy Abroad - France: Food Production, Culture and the Environment

What: Study French agricultural systems, environmental sciences and culture in Toulouse, the fourth-largest city in France, during this Maymester experience.The deadline to register is February 15. However, applications are screened as they come in, and there are a limited number of spots available. It is best to register as soon as possible to be assured of getting accepted. During their stay in Toulouse, students experience first-hand food production and environmental stewardship, French culture, and European agriculture. Students will study a variety of topics at the Ècole Nationale Supèrieure Agronomiqe de Toulouse (ENSAT), a part of the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse. All of the courses are taught in English and students will learn basic “survival skills” during a French class at ENSAT. Upon returning, students have gained knowledge and an appreciation for French culture, as well as a global view of agriculture that makes them more marketable to employers. International travel scholarships are available to support CAES student travel to study abroad programs and international internship programs. Travel scholarship application deadline is November 1, 2018.

Where: Toulouse, France

When: Maymester, deadline for applications is February 15th. Applicants are strongly urged to apply as soon as possible as this is a competitive opportunity with limited placements.

Registration: For more information, visit: