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Sunbelt Ag Expo gets underway in Moultrie

Posted at 5:54 PM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 17:54:48-04

MOULTRIE, Ga. — Georgia farmers are focusing on the future this week.

The Sunbelt Ag Expo, one of North America's premier farm shows, is underway in Moultrie.

It brings in people from all over the country, eager to learn about the latest farming technologies.

The Peach State is still full of farmers trying to rebuild from Hurricane Michael.

Gerald Long owns the Long Cattle Company, a family-owned farm, that has been in Bainbridge for several generations. When Hurricane Michael barreled through one year ago, his family lost everything.

"It was total devastation. It's going to take about 3 to 4 years to recover," said Long.

Agriculture contributes about $73 billion annually to Georgia's economy. That's a number that motivates Long.

In years past, his farm contributed cattle and more than 30 different types of fruits and vegetables.

Long says he's still fighting because families depend on him.

"There's no doubt that we as farmers are optimistic. We always look that next year is going to be better," said Long.

Long is in Moultrie for the Sunbelt Ag Expo to connect with other farmers and share new ideas to help rebuild what was lost.

"That's what this is about, accepting and adopting new technology," said Long.

New technology that developers want to get into the hands of farmers. Like the "Broiler Cat," a tool that's supposed to make cleaning a chicken barn more efficient.

"We are trying to get to a healthier and better bird in a more natural way," said BJ Blaisdell, Manufacturing Operator for Aggero.

Development like this, clearing the way for farmers to do what they love and keep looking toward a brighter future.

The Sunbelt Ag Expo will continue through Thursday.

For more information on how to get involved, click here.