Deere Spotlights New Gator™ XUV Models

Cindy Zimmerman

John Deere’s new gas-powered Gator XUV835 and diesel-powered Gator XUV865 utility vehicles were turning heads at the Sunbelt Ag Expo this week. “It’s our first ever three passenger wide vehicle,” said Mark Davey, John Deere marketing manager. “And we have the ability to give you a factory-installed cab, plus the ability to install heat and air from the factory.” Davey …

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Updated Deere Utility Tractors in the Sunbelt

Cindy Zimmerman

John Deere is updating its popular 3-cylinder 5E Series Utility Tractors for model year 2018 and these versatile machines are on display this week at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia. “We lowered the hood down about five inches to give more visibility,” said John Doyle, product marketing manager for Deere. “We increased the size of the operator platform …

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Farm Bill Listening Session at Sunbelt Ag Expo

Chuck Zimmerman

Opening day of the 2017 Sunbelt Ag Expo featured a Farm Bill Listening Session held in the R.W. Griffin Building and hosted by Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA). Also in attendance were Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA) and Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL) and all are members of the House Agriculture Committee. Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black served as moderator. The session …

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2017 Sunbelt Ag Expo

Chuck Zimmerman

I am here and ready for the games to begin. Here is the 40th Annual Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition in Moultrie, GA. It is a beautiful sunny day with cool temperatures. Kind of breezy but I can deal with that. This year the show has 1,211 exhibitors with over 100 of them new to the show. Way back in 1978 the …

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Corn Growers in the Sunbelt

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Corn Growers Association had a presence last week at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia for the first time. NCGA president Chip Bowling of Maryland visited with attendees at the event, including USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden who grew up on a Georgia peanut farm, and got to see some crops he doesn’t normally see. “I got …

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Last Day of Sunbelt Ag Expo

Chuck Zimmerman

My visit to this year’s Sunbelt Ag Expo was a relatively short one and the weather during the first two days was not very cooperative. I had to get back on the agriblogging highway mid day yesterday so I did not get as many interviews as I had hoped. There was a huge line of cars and trucks trying to …

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Southeastern Farmer of the Year

Chuck Zimmerman

Congratulations to Thomas E. Porter, North Carolina, for receiving the 2011 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year. He received the award along with his wife, Vicky, during the annual Willie B. Withers luncheon. The Porters farm hay and are also involved in swine, poultry and beef cattle. Tommy says he always wanted to farm. He had the opportunity …

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Preview of Sunbelt Ag Expo

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello from Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, GA. Here’s Executive Director, Chip Blalock, addressing the media at this morning’s breakfast. I spoke with Chip and got a comprehensive overview of all that you’ll find at this year’s show. We’re hoping the forecast is a little off on timing today since rain is forecast but one way or the other the …

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