2016 ag forecast

Keynote Speakers

Sharon P. Kane

Sharon P. Kane has performed a variety of economic research in both the private and public sectors. Her areas of expertise include 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, 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, Kane has over 10 years of experience in the mortgage banking industry, specializing in federally insured and bond issue loans.

Academic Background

  • MS – Economics, University of Kentucky
  • BS – Economics, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Dr. Kent Wolfe

Kent 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 Georgia farm gate value report, "Ag Snapshots" and the Georgia county guide in addition to the Georgia Ag Forecast series.

His areas of expertise include directing and analyzing market research projects for use in feasibility analyses, directing promotional effectiveness evaluation studies and developing a proactive, value-added educational program. 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 identification, market potential estimations, promotional material creation, product taste testing, website design and development and web marketing.

Academic Background

  • Ph.D. – Agricultural Economics, '94, University of Tennessee
  • MS – Agricultural Economics, '90, University of Tennessee
  • BSA – Agricultural Economics, '88, University of Georgia

Sharon Kane


Kent Wolfe


The 2016 keynote topic covered sales tax distribution patterns and the effects of recent legislative tax changes, such as the Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption (GATE) and the Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT), on Georgia counties.

2016 Schedule

Dates and Locations

Thursday, Jan. 21:
Carroll County Agriculture Center, Carrollton

Monday, Jan. 25:
Cloud Livestock Facility, Bainbridge

Tuesday, Jan. 26:
UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center

Wednesday, Jan. 27:
Blueberry Warehouse, Alma

Friday, Jan. 29:
Georgia Farm Bureau state office building, Macon

Wednesday, Feb. 17:
Unicoi State Park