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Food & Farm

Overview

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.

Publications

Commercial and Professional Publications

General Publications

Publication Categories

To see a full list of publications, visit the Extension Publications site.

News

For the latest news about Extension, visit Georgia FACES. News you can use about Georgia family, agricultural, consumer and environmental sciences.

Websites

UGA-affiliated sites

  • 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.

External sites

  • 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.

Training

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.