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Welcome to Here We Grow, a grassroots podcast by Southwest Georgia Farm Credit focused on education and inspiring growth down on the farm, at home, and in rural communities.

We hope to take our listeners beyond the scope of agriculture and into the real life stories and conversations taking place in Southwest Georgia. Whether you are farmer or farmHER, agvocate, land lover, or southern dweller, we have industry experts and homegrown leaders ready to share their knowledge with you. Each podcast contains industry insights, advice, and resources for your agribusiness and rural living toolbox. If you are seeking information and understanding on topics like agronomy, farm equipment, financing, equipment, or homes with acreage, our show is for you!

Thanks for listening and make sure to subscribe to be notified of new episodes!

Here We Grow Southwest Georgia Farm Credit

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Welcome to Here We Grow, a grassroots podcast by Southwest Georgia Farm Credit focused on education and inspiring growth down on the farm, at home, and in rural communities.

We hope to take our listeners beyond the scope of agriculture and into the real life stories and conversations taking place in Southwest Georgia. Whether you are farmer or farmHER, agvocate, land lover, or southern dweller, we have industry experts and homegrown leaders ready to share their knowledge with you. Each podcast contains industry insights, advice, and resources for your agribusiness and rural living toolbox. If you are seeking information and understanding on topics like agronomy, farm equipment, financing, equipment, or homes with acreage, our show is for you!

Thanks for listening and make sure to subscribe to be notified of new episodes!

    Episode Six: Urban Farming, Agtivism and Ag Education

    Episode Six: Urban Farming, Agtivism and Ag Education

    Here we grow again with Episode Six of Southwest Georgia Farm Credit’s Podcast! Our host, Billy Billings, welcomes a cohort of expert guests taking time out of their busy schedules to share their experiences promoting the great industry of agriculture in the communities and classrooms across Southwest Georgia. This episode features commentary by Andrew Thoron, Megan Verner, and Fredando Jackson.
    Andrew Thoron is the Department Head for the Agricultural Education and Communication Department at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. His research expertise is in the areas of teaching and learning and he is a founding member of a Multistate Research project that focuses on STEM emphasis in school-based agricultural education. Andrew has a Bachelors in Agriculture with an emphasis on Agriculture Education from Illinois State University, a Master of Science in Agriculture Education from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in Agriscience and Teacher Preparation from the University of Florida.
    Megan Verner Bio: Megan graduated from New Mexico State University with a bachelors in Agricultural business and economics, and minor in Marketing. She currently teaches agricultural business at Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy in Albany. Mega is also the Office Manager for her husband’s farm equipment dealership, Elite Ag. Along with her husband, Megan owns VF Livestock, a seed stock operation for Angus and Herefords.
    Fredando Jackson Bio: Fredando has worked in agricultural outreach to low-income communities and food production for more than a decade. His was named the 2019 Farmer of The Year by the Georgia Department of Education and continues to serve the Dougherty County School System’s nutrition program through 200 interactive teaching gardens throughout the county. As Executive Director of Flint River Fresh, Mr. Jackson actively manages and provides technical assistance for a combined total of four acres of urban farms, 237 garden beds, 3/4 acre of urban orchards in Colquitt, Dougherty, and Sumter Counties. His passion for turning green spaces into food spaces motivates him to cultivate relationships around community gardening and urban farming, focusing on conserving natural resources.
    Southwest Georgia Farm Credit is an equal opportunity lender. NMLS 691477. The views and opinions expressed are those of the guest speakers and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of Southwest Georgia Farm Credit or the Farm Credit System. No information contained in this podcast shall constitute financial, investment, legal, and/or other professional advice. For questions about the podcast, please contact Southwest Georgia Farm Credit Marketing Manager, Anna Kinchen, at 229-493-0921 or Info@SWGAFarmCredit.com. Please visit our website to learn more at www.SWGAFarmCredit.com.

    • 35 min
    Episode Five: Financial Planning for Your Farm’s Success

    Episode Five: Financial Planning for Your Farm’s Success

    Here we grow again with Episode Four of Southwest Georgia Farm Credit’s Podcast! Our host, Billy Billings, welcomes expert guests taking time out of their busy schedules to share their insights and expertise on farms in transition, succession planning, and financial planning for the long term success of your farm or agriculture operation. This episode features commentary by Ashley Gardner and Brant Harrell.
    Ashely Gardner is a partner at Youmans & Gardner, CPAs and a licensed certified public accountant in Georgia and Florida. He has practiced public accounting for 26 years and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Georgia Society of CPAs, and Florida Institute of CPAs. He was raised on a farm in southern Decatur County, GA and happily serves agriculture and agri-business clients in southwest Georgia and Florida’s big bend regions.
    Brant Harrell was born and raised in Decatur County. He is graduate of Georgia Southern University. He has farmed for 25 years and has served as a Lender and Relationship Manager for Southwest Farm Credit for 15 years. He also serves as the Chair for the Decatur County Agriculture Committee.
    Southwest Georgia Farm Credit is an equal opportunity lender. NMLS 691477. The views and opinions expressed are those of the guest speakers and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of Southwest Georgia Farm Credit or the Farm Credit System. No information contained in this podcast shall constitute financial, investment, legal, and/or other professional advice. For questions about the podcast, please contact Southwest Georgia Farm Credit Marketing Manager, Anna Kinchen, at 229-493-0921 or Info@SWGAFarmCredit.com. For more information, visit our website at www.SWGAFarmCredit.com.

    • 37 min
    Episode Four: Land Values in Southwest Georgia

    Episode Four: Land Values in Southwest Georgia

    Here we grow again with Episode Four of Southwest Georgia Farm Credit’s Podcast, Here We Grow. Our host welcomes a cohort of expert guests taking time out of their busy schedules to share their knowledge of land and recreational properties in SWGA as well as how to finance it and how to look at it as an investment opportunity. This episode features commentary by Mike Matre, Brant Harrell, and Lee Folsom.
    Mike Matre is President of Matre Forestry Consulting Inc of Leesburg GA. Established in 1999, Matre Forestry provides land brokerage, land management, and forestry services. Mike is a 1996 graduate of the UGA Warnell School of Forest Resources, is an Accredited Land Consultant, a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters, and is a licensed forester and real estate broker in Georgia and Alabama.
    Brant Harrell was born and raised in Decatur County. He is graduate of Georgia Southern University. He has farmed for 25 years and has served as a Lender and Relationship Manager for Southwest Farm Credit for 15 years. He also serves as the Chair for the Decatur County Agriculture Committee.
    Lee Folsom is a Graduate of Mercer University in Macon with a BBA in Accounting. He holds an Enrolled Agents designation from the Internal Revenue Service and is a Certified General Real Property Appraiser in the state of Georgia. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Assessors in Cook County, the President of the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, and the Chief Appraiser for Southwest Georgia Farm Credit.
    Southwest Georgia Farm Credit is an equal opportunity lender. NMLS 691477. The views and opinions expressed are those of the guest speakers and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of Southwest Georgia Farm Credit or the Farm Credit System. No information contained in this podcast shall constitute financial, investment, legal, and/or other professional advice. For questions about the podcast, please contact Southwest Georgia Farm Credit Marketing Manager, Anna Kinchen, at 229-493-0921 or Info@SWGAFarmCredit.com

    • 32 min
    Episode Three: Resources for Young, Beginning, and Small Operation Farmers

    Episode Three: Resources for Young, Beginning, and Small Operation Farmers

    Here we grow again with Episode Three of Southwest Georgia Farm Credit’s Podcast, Here We Grow. Our host welcomes a lineup of seasoned industry experts willing to share their knowledge and insights with young, beginning, and small operation farmers. On this episode we present commentary from Van McCall, Lindsey Hayes, and Tarrell Bennett.

    Van McCall is an ordained minister and retired ag lender from Denton, Georgia. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia Bankers School of Agriculture and Bankers School and has recently retired after a 36+ year career with the Farm Credit System. He is the past President of the University of Georgia College of Aquiculture and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association and is past Chair of the UGA CAES Dean’s Advisory Council and Advancing Georgia Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry. His company, VM, LLC works to provide business management education for young, beginning and small farmers via the AgAware program, agricultural advocacy work and speaking services.

    Lindsey Hayes was born and raised in Decatur County. She is third generation farmHer and mother of four. Lindsey attended both ABAC and Georgia Southern University. Lindsey has served as the Decatur County Extension Office Agent for 16 years. In addition to her Extension role and responsibilities, she has served as the 4-H Youth Development Agent for 16 years.

    Tarrell Bennett was born and raised in Grady County, Georgia to a sharecropper family. He now resides in Decatur, County where he has worked as an agricultural lender for 50 years. He is the Chief Lending Officer at Southwest Georgia Farm Credit. In total, Tarrell has farmed peanuts, cotton, and corn and raised cattle for 60 years. Tarrell and his wife also raised two daughters and now enjoy spending time with their twin grandsons.

    Southwest Georgia Farm Credit is an equal opportunity lender. NMLS 691477. The views and opinions expressed are those of the guest speakers and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of Southwest Georgia Farm Credit or the Farm Credit System. No information contained in this podcast shall constitute financial, investment, legal, and/or other professional advice. For questions about the podcast, please contact Southwest Georgia Farm Credit Marketing Manager, Anna Kinchen, at 229-493-0921 or Info@SWGAFarmCredit.com

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    • 20 min
    Episode Two: 2022 Weather and Crop Forecast

    Episode Two: 2022 Weather and Crop Forecast

    Here we grow again with Episode Two of Southwest Georgia Farm Credit’s Podcast, Here We Grow! Our host, Billy Billings, welcomes a fantastic lineup of experts willing to share their fall forecasts and insights to the 2022 harvest season. This episode features commentary by Pam Knox, Casey Cox Kerr, and Don Shurley.

    Pam Knox is the Director of the University of Georgia Weather Network, a group of 88 automated weather stations across the state which provide weather and climate data to farmers, utilities, Extension agents and private citizens. The network also helps support the National Weather Service by providing real-time weather information in hazardous weather outbreaks to support public safety initiatives. She is an Extension Climatologist in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences specializing in agriculture and climate change and is a past Assistant State Climatologist for Georgia and has also served as the Wisconsin State Climatologist. Pam is currently serving as an author for the upcoming 5th National Climate Assessment on Southeastern climate.

    Casey Cox Kerr is the sixth generation of her family to farm on the Flint River in South Georgia. Her family farm, Longleaf Ridge, produces sweet corn, peanuts, field corn, soybeans, and timber. Prior to returning to the farm full-time, Casey managed the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, serving as Executive Director for over 5 years.

    Don is a retired University of Georgia cotton economist. He spent 28 years on the UGA Tifton Campus. He has continued his cotton work through industry sponsorships, contracts and grants, consulting, print and on-line media, and invited presentations. With over 32 years’ experience in cotton, Don is widely considered by industry and peers as one of nations leading cotton experts. He is recipient of some of the University of Georgia and College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences highest awards for public service and outreach. Don also teaches ½ time at ABAC and also works part-time as Director of Marketing and Risk Management for Arabi Gin.

    Southwest Georgia Farm Credit is an equal opportunity lender. NMLS 691477. The views and opinions expressed are those of the guest speakers and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of Southwest Georgia Farm Credit or the Farm Credit System. No information contained in this podcast shall constitute financial, investment, legal, and/or other professional advice. For questions about the podcast, please contact Southwest Georgia Farm Credit Marketing Manager, Anna Kinchen, at 229-493-0921 or Info@SWGAFarmCredit.com

    • 27 min
    Episode One: Introduction to Farm Credit and Agriculture Overview

    Episode One: Introduction to Farm Credit and Agriculture Overview

    Here we grow with our first Podcast! On this first episode, our host, Billy Billings, welcomes CEO and President of Southwest Georgia Farm Credit, Paxton Poitevint, and Georgia Ag Commissioner, Gary Black.

    Gary W. Black serves as the 16th Commissioner of Agriculture in Georgia's history. Currently in his third term, Commissioner Black has served in various leadership positions during his 40-year career in Georgia agriculture extending from the Georgia Farm Bureau to the Georgia Agribusiness Council. Black is a graduate of the University Of Georgia College Of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and a past president of the college's alumni society. He currently serves on advisory committees for the United States Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency and the Export Import Bank of the United States. Under his leadership, Georgia Department of Agriculture divisions for information technology, animal health, homeland security and food safety have garnered national acclaim.

    Southwest Georgia Farm Credit is an equal opportunity lender. NMLS 691477. The views and opinions expressed are those of the guest speakers and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of Southwest Georgia Farm Credit or the Farm Credit System. No information contained in this podcast shall constitute financial, investment, legal, and/or other professional advice. For questions about the podcast, please contact Southwest Georgia Farm Credit Marketing Manager, Anna Kinchen, at 229-493-0921 or Info@SWGAFarmCredit.com

    • 29 min

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Learning About South GA Agriculture

If you’re interested in learning about agriculture in Southwest Georgia then this is the podcast for you! Each guest speaker takes a deep dive into their subject whether it’s what’s on the horizon for Georgia Agriculture, climate updates, details about cotton or hearing from a local farmer and learning their perspectives for what’s to come for the Ag industry.

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