Keynote: Agritourism in Georgia

John Salazar Associate Professor
Agricultural & Applied Economics

Keynote: COVID-19 Impact on Agriculture

Sharon P Kane Agribusiness and Community Development Economist
Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development (CAED)

The Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture in Georgia study is authored by Sharon Kane, Vanessa Shonkweiler and Tommie Shepherd. Read the initial report.


9:30 am           Welcome and Recognition of Sponsors

9:35 am           Remarks from Dean Nick Place

9:50 am           Agritourism and Potential Support on the Local Level

Tourism is a $66.3 billion industry in Georgia that contributes to the growth and revenue of both small and large businesses. Agritourism is a major sector of the Georgia tourism industry. This session presents the importance and opportunity of Agritourism to rural communities throughout Georgia and discusses the important linkages between local, county and state tourism efforts.

10:05 am         Impact of COVID on Georgia Agriculture

UGA is conducting surveys assessing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on agriculture in the state. The first set of findings on 850+ farmers were released in September 2020 and a year-end follow-up survey is happening in December. Results from both will be presented along with a summation of pandemic effects for 2020.

10:35 am         Concurrent Breakout Sessions 

  • Livestock and poultry
  • Row crops: cotton, peanuts, grains and oilseeds
  • Horticulture: green industry and vegetables, fruits and tree nuts
  • Forestry and land taxation

11:30 am          Adjourn

Row Crops

Amanda R Smith Public Service Associate
Agricultural & Applied Economics
Yangxuan Liu Assistant Professor
Agricultural & Applied Economics

Livestock and Poultry

Tommie Shepherd Agribusiness Economist
Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development (CAED)

Horticulture Crops

Benjamin Campbell Associate Professor
Agricultural & Applied Economics
Agricultural & Applied Economics

Registration and Event Contact

Regina Fitzpatrick Director of External Affairs
Dean and Directors Office