Valdosta-Lowndes Community invited to celebrate Agriculture Awareness Week

The City of Valdosta, Lowndes County Board of Commissioners, Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority, and Georgia Grown are teaming up, calling on Valdosta-Lowndes County to celebrate Georgia Agriculture Awareness Week. 

The Georgia Department of Agriculture will hold its third annual Agriculture Awareness Week in Georgia, March 18-22, 2019.

To kick off the week, Officials from Valdosta and Lowndes County will hold a proclamation ceremony to honor and support all of those working in Georgia’s number one industry—agriculture on Monday, March 18 at 4 p.m. in the Lowndes County Administration Building located at 327 North Ashley Street. Farmers and local industries will be set up at the ceremony to showcase the amazing products and crops that come from our community. Join community leaders and local farmers for a taste of agriculture, a blessing of the crops, and take the opportunity to thank producers and growers in our community.

First Lady Marty Kemp has been invited to the proclamation ceremony to show support for the state’s top industry.

Following the ceremony, attendees are invited to visit Valdosta’s first brewery, Georgia Beer Company. Get a firsthand look at the brewery operations and enjoy a beer crafted with the finest local ingredients.

To continue the celebration, social media giveaways will be held each day of the week featuring trivia questions about Lowndes County agriculture. Those who answer the questions correctly will be entered to win a basket filled with locally grown products and Georgia Grown gear. You can participate by visiting the "Georgia Agriculture Week- Valdosta- Lowndes County” Facebook page.

Agribusiness contributes $69 million to Lowndes County’s economy each year, according to the University of Georgia’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.

Things we grow:

Row Crops:

Cotton – 8,585 acres

Peanuts – 6,904 acres

Hay – 4, 798 acres

Soybeans – 2,150 acres

And much more!

Fruit and Nuts:

Pecans – 4500 acres

Blueberries – 165 acres

Strawberries – 12 acres

Vegetables:

Bell peppers – 495 acres

Cucumbers – 330 acres

Eggplant – 80 acres

Banana and hot peppers – 48 acres

Cabbage – 25 acres

For more information on Georgia Agriculture Awareness Week, please contact Beth Meeks, Southern Area Marketing Coordinator, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Beth.Meeks@agr.georgia.gov

Posted by Ashlyn Becton Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:54:00 PM Categories: Press Release Public Information