Food & Farm
Food production — whether on the farm or in the kitchen — is big business in Georgia. According to the Georgia Farm Bureau, in 2007 there were 47,846 farms in Georgia producing everything from Vidalia onions to the peaches and peanuts the state is famous for.
Processing of foods such as baked goods, peanut butter, and packaged chicken is the number-one manufacturing activity in the state. Increasingly, more and more small, home-based businesses are springing up to offer products like local honey, salsa, and onion relish.
Extension provides large-scale farmers and food producers with information about market trends, regulations, and commercial production, and also offers smaller producers advice about growing their Georgia food business.
Commercial and Professional Publications
- Water Meters as a Water Management Tool on Georgia Farms
- Fences for the Farm
- Standby Electric Power Systems for Agriculture
- Is Your Label Gluten Free?
- Using Futures Markets to Manage Price Risk in Feeder Cattle Operations
- Commodity Options as Price Insurance for Cattlemen
- Understanding and Using Cattle Basis in Managing Price Risk
- Pen-size Optimization Workbook of Experimental Research Design (POWER for Poultry)
- Production Costs vs. Feeding Value of Forages
- Georgia Farm Record Book
- Environmental Policy Statements: Explaining What You Do, How You Do It, and Where You Want To Go
- Basics of Sausage Making: Formulation, Processing and Safety
- Organic Cover Crop Seed Production in Georgia
To see a full list of publications, visit the Extension Publications site.
For the latest news about Extension, visit Georgia FACES. News you can use about Georgia family, agricultural, consumer and environmental sciences.
- Georgia's dry summer is contributing to a great year for Georgia's grape harvest
- UGA FoodPIC a valuable tool in Georgia's economic development efforts
- Weekend organic farming workshop features research-based resources for new farmers
- Gainesville's Southern Baked Pie Company takes top prize at UGA's Flavor of Georgia
- Workshop educates farmers about building and sustaining a lasting farm
- Judges choose 33 finalists for UGA's 2016 Flavor of Georgia contest
- UGA offers small business expertise to farmers
- Snowed-out Georgia Ag Forecast at Unicoi State Park rescheduled
- UGA releases 2014 Farmgate Value Report: Beef's up, cotton's down and chicken's still on top
- Female farmers flock to UGA Extension workshops this fall
- Agritourism: A New Agricultural Business Enterprise
Overview of, recommendations for and additional internet resources about agritourism.
- Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development
Studies markets, measures economic impacts, compiles demographic and output statistics and researches regulatory and legislative policies. Publishes Economic Importance of Agriculture brochure series and maintains a catalog of presentations and workshops on relevant topics.
- Department of Food Science and Technology
Describes food science careers and academic programs. Maintains an events calendar and newsletter. The Extension Food Science Outreach Program specializes in food safety and provides extensive resources on relevant laws and regulations as well as a detailed guide to starting a new food business. Extension also includes a detailed calendar of frequent workshops.
- Extension Agricultural and Applied Economics
Providing economics education and applied research in areas of production economics and farm management, marketing, risk management, financial management, farm policy, labor, and taxation.
- Farm Gate Annual Reports
County-level information for the value of all food and fiber commodities grown in the state.
- Flavor of Georgia
The Flavor of Georgia food product contest is an annual celebration of all the flavors Georgia has to offer. Market-ready prototypes or commercially available food products from across the state are judged and critiqued by a panel of food experts.
- Food Product Innovation and Commercialization
Department of Food Science and Technology affiliate offers multiple services, including product development, packaging engineering, storage assessment, consumer testing, market planning, business development and market access to food businesses.
- Georgia Ag Forecast
Website for the annual event bringing together leading agriculture experts to discuss emerging trends.
- Georgia Commercial Vegetable Information
News, regulations, and market information for Georgia's commercial vegetable producers.
- Types of Farm Business Organizations
Describes the different ownership structures for agribusinesses.
- Georgia Farm Bureau
Georgia's largest voluntary agricultural organization, representing the largest industry in the state.
- Georgia Market Maker
MarketMaker was developed as an online marketing resource to give farmers greater access to regional markets by linking them with processors, retailers, consumers and other food supply chain participants.
UGA Extension offers training within local communities on a wide array of topics. To see if there are training events in your area, please visit our calendar.
- HACCP Certification Courses and Food Safety Training
The Food Science Extension Outreach Program offers industry-specific food safety training courses to food processors in Georgia, the U.S. and internationally.
- ServSafe® Programs
This program offers training for every level of the food service industry in a variety of training delivery methods.