The 2016 keynote topic was a discussion of sales tax distribution patterns and how Georgia counties have been affected in light of recent legislative tax changes such as the Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption (GATE) and the Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT).


Ms. Sharon Kane

Ms. Kane has performed a variety of economic research in both the private and public sectors, with areas of expertise including research design and project development, economic data analysis, creation and implementation of customized statistical tools, economic impact studies, and community research projects. Prior to joining the University of Georgia, Ms. Kane was an economist for a Fortune 500 corporation, focusing on econometric analysis and economic education. Before relocating to Georgia, she was a Research Assistant for the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) at the University of Kentucky. In addition, Ms. Kane has over 10 years of experience in the mortgage banking industry, specializing in federally insured and bond issue loans.

Academic Background

  • M.S. Economics, University of Kentucky
  • B.S. Economics, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga


Dr. Kent Wolfe

Dr. Wolfe currently serves as the Director for The Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development at the University of Georgia. He is responsible for the publication of the Farm Gate Value report, Ag Snapshots, and the Georgia County Guide in addition to the Georgia Agricultural Forecast series.

Aside from his Director responsibilities, his area of expertise lies in directing and analyzing market research projects for use in feasibility

analysis, directing promotional effectiveness evaluation studies and developing a proactive value-added educational program. Dr. Wolfe has worked with development authorities and chambers of commerce in evaluating the market potential for proposed business ventures. In addition, his responsibilities include marketing plan development, target market(s) identification, estimating market potential, creating promotional materials, product taste testing, website design and development and Web marketing.

2015 Schedule

Dates and Locations:

Thursday, January 21:
Carroll County Ag Center, Carrollton

Monday, January 25:
Cloud Livestock Facility, Bainbridge

Wednesday, January 27:
Blueberry Warehouse, Alma

Friday, January 29:
Georgia Farm Bureau Building, Macon

Tuesday, January 26:
UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center

Wednesday, February 17:
Unicoi State Park