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How to Sponsor UGA Forage Extension Programs

We take great pride in the programs that we, as the UGA Forage Extension Team, provide to the producers and stakeholders in Georgia and across the Southeast. We tailor these programs to be relevant to current needs and assisting producers and stakeholders adopt practices that will help them weather current challenges and build toward the future.

The most crucial part of these efforts is creating connections with agribusinesses and service providers who can help these participants employ these best practices. It does the producer no good to consider a practice change if they have no connection to supplies or services. Though we can provide contact information or web addresses where the participants can get more information, it is always better for participants to network directly with agribusinesses and service providers at the training events. This is a benefit to both the producer AND the companies.

2018 Events

We welcome the opportunity to partner with your company/business! All of our major events are open to sponsorship. Below is a list of upcoming events. Click on the name for more information about sponsorship/exhibition opportunities.

Benefits of Sponsorship

The major programs (outlined below) generally are all handled the same way: 1 to 2 full days of educational programs in a mix of classroom instruction and outdoor demonstrations. For each of these major programs, we plan an aggressive agenda and provide a notebook full of reference material for the participants. We also provide time during the event for participants to network and visit with our sponsoring companies and exhibitors. In many cases, we offer opportunities for producers to see a demonstration of a product or practice. We organize most of these demonstrations, but there usually is a focus on a particular product or practice.

So, what else is in it for you?

  • Being a sponsor or exhibitor raises your company or organization's profile. Sponsors get their company’s logo on the agenda, the program’s notebook, and the webpage for the event. We also provide recognition during the event
  • We provide exhibit space of at least a 6’ x 8’ display area for a table-top (tables provided, but usually no skirt) or full height exhibit.
  • Registration for one person with the company or organization is also included in the sponsorship or exhibition fee (registration for additional persons is also provided at a reduced rate). This includes snacks and meals associated with the event.
  • Sponsors and exhibitors also receive a copy of all of the reference material (notebooks, handouts, etc.) that the participants receive.
  • Additional privileges are provided to sponsors at levels specific to the event (detailed below).

Sponsorship of Specific Events

The sponsorship levels for each of the aforementioned upcoming events are listed below. Title, meal, and break sponsorships are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. There generally are an unlimited number of exhibitorships.

Georgia GrassMasters

Location: Houston Co. Ext. Office| Perry, GA (Updates provided here)
Demographic details: Typical attendance 30-40 participants. Attendee demographics: 60% beef cattle producers, 10% dairymen, 5-8% horse owners, ~5% goat or sheep producers, and the remaining are Extension Agents and other service providers. Click here and secure your sponsorship TODAY!

Sponsorship for this event will be $250. Sponsors will be acknowledged in the notebook and website for their sponsorship and have the opportunity to address the crowd prior to one or more of the 7-night events, as well as have an exhibit space. Contact Dr. Dennis Hancock by email or by phone (706-310-3545) for more details.

Though the program is a 7-night series, the Grass Masters program is similar to (and essentially a replacement for) our Grazing School program, but without as many "hands-on" learning experiences. It also will be presented at more of an introductory level. This series is similar in approach to the Master Cattlemen program.

Georgia Forage and Grassland Council's Annual Meeting

Location: Ocilla, GA. 
Demographic details: Expected attendance 30-50 participants. Attendee demographics: 70% beef cattle producers, 5% dairymen, 5% horse owners, ~5% goat or sheep producers, and the remaining are Extension Agents and other service providers. The website that describes the GFGC program is available 
here. UGA Extension is hosting this event, but those interested in sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities should contact Roy Deason, President of the GFGC, (706-680-5662) or Shane Moore, Treasure of the GFGC, (706-678-5705) for more details.

Fencing Field Day and Workshop

Locations: Black Shank Farm & Pavilion | Tifton, GA (Updates provided here)
Demographic details: Expected attendance 40-70 participants. Attendee demographics: 70% beef cattle producers, 5% dairymen, and the remaining are Extension Agents and other service providers. Those interested in participating should contact Dr. Dennis Hancock by email or by phone (706-310-3545) for more details. Click here and secure your sponsorship TODAY! If you are already of the Better Grazing Project at the Black Shank Farm, please contact Dr. Hancock for a discount code for use when registering for sponsorship of this event.

Hay and Baleage Production Short Course

Locations/Dates:

Feb. 22, 2018 | Carroll Co. Extension Office | Carrollton, GA

Mar. 8/9, 2018 | Burke Co. Extension Office | Waynesboro, GA

(Updates provided here)

Demographic details: Typical attendance 75-125 participants, of which 20% commercial hay producers, 65% beef cattle producers, ~5% dairymen, and remaining are Extension Agents and other service providers.

We’re presenting four options for sponsorship for this event:

  • Meal sponsor ($700/meal) or co-sponsor ($400/meal). This will probably be the most visible sponsorship opportunity, as your company representatives will be identified prior to the individual meal and given an opportunity to speak on your company’s products or services. There will be two lunches that could be sponsored in Burke Co. and 1 lunch in Carroll Co.. Because of demand for this visible sponsorship, we may have to limit meal sponsorship/co-sponsorship to one per sponsor. If you’d like to be a sponsor of a meal or break, I encourage you to do so quickly.  Several companies vie for these slots each year.
  • Break sponsor ($300/break). Sponsorship opportunities exist for one or more of the four break periods (one in the a.m. and one in the p.m.) for each day. Break sponsors will be recognized prior to the break and highlighted in the program.
  • Exhibitor ($250). This is for anyone who just wishes to display products or literature inside the conference area.
    • We also have the opportunity to display and perhaps demonstrate (weather permitting) equipment outside, as part of the demonstration portion of the program. This would grant great visibility to your company/products. Any of our sponsors are welcome to display during the outdoor portion of the program in addition to their indoor displays. Demonstration opportunities may also be possible, but contact Dr. Dennis Hancock by email or by phone (706-310-3545) for more details.

Deadline for signing up as a sponsor or exhibitor is Feb. 7, 2018.
Click here and secure your sponsorship TODAY!

Georgia Forages Conference


Location: Perry, GA (Updates provided here)

Demographic details: Typical attendance 75-125 participants, of which 80% beef cattle producers, ~5% other livestock producers, and remaining are Extension Agents and other service providers). The Georgia Cattlemen’s Association organizes this event and all sponsorships are routed through their office. For more information about sponsorship options for the Georgia Forages Conference and the GCA's Annual Convention, contact Michele at the GCA office at 478-474-6560.

Alfalfa in the South Workshops

Locations: Dates and locations are TBD, but likely 4 in S. Georgia and 1 in N. Georgia (Updates provided here)
Demographic details: Expected attendance 30-50 participants. Attendee demographics: 60% beef cattle producers, 20% dairymen, and the remaining are Extension Agents and other service providers. Those interested in participating should contact Dr. Dennis Hancock by email or by phone (706-310-3545) for more details. Click here and secure your sponsorship TODAY!

UGA/UFL Corn Silage and Conserved Forage Field Day


Location: Citra, FL (Updates provided here)

Demographic details: Typical attendance 75-125 participants, of which 50% beef cattle producers, 40% dairy producers, ~5% other livestock producers, and remaining are Extension Agents and other service providers. For more information about sponsorship options for the Corn Silage and Conserved Forage Field Day, visit the Univ. of Florida's website for the field day.

Advanced Grazing School

Location: Tattnall Co. (exact location TBD) (Updates provided here)
Demographic details: Typical attendance 40-65 participants. Attendee demographics: 60% beef cattle producers, 10% dairymen, 5-8% horse owners, ~5% goat or sheep producers, and the remaining are Extension Agents and other service providers.

We’re presenting three options for sponsorship:

  • Meal sponsor ($500). This sponsorship is for anyone wishing to sponsor one of the two lunches that will be provided to the participants. Meal sponsors will be recognized immediately prior to the sponsored meal and given a chance to briefly (5-10 min.) speak about their products to the group, as well as being provided all the benefits mentioned above.
  • Break sponsor ($300). This sponsorship is for anyone wishing to sponsor one of the four breaks for refreshments that will be provided to the participants. Break sponsors will be recognized immediately prior to the sponsored break, as well as being provided all the benefits mentioned above.
  • Exhibitor ($200). This sponsorship is for anyone wishing to display products or literature inside the conference area and/or equipment outdoors. (Those wishing to have an outdoor display should call to discuss options).

We also have the opportunity to demonstrate equipment or possibly products on site. Deadline for signing up as a sponsor or exhibitor will be September 8, 2018. Click here and secure your sponsorship TODAY!

 

Southeastern Hay Contest presented by Massey Ferguson

(Updates provided here)

This contest is run by the Sunbelt Ag Expo and Forage Extension Specialists from major universities across the Southeast. Dr. Dennis Hancock is the chairman of this effort. The Contest is run in conjunction with the Sunbelt Ag Expo and our winners are announced each year on the first day of the Expo at a special ceremony.

You can review last year’s rules and results as an example for what is expected in 2018 by visiting here. Rules, entry forms, and prizes will be announced in the coming days. The Contest underwent a major expansion in 2015 and it was a huge success in the years since. Major cash and equipment prizes are provided to top quality entrants. Demographic details: We have 300-375 entries among ~200 individual farms/persons. Participants include approx. 35% commercial hay producers, 60% beef cattle producers, and 5% dairy producers.

We are seeking sponsors for each of the following 7 categories that will be part of the 2018 Southeastern Hay Contest presented by Massey Ferguson:

  1. Warm Season Perennial Grass Hay (e.g., bermudagrass, bahiagrass, etc.);
  2. Alfalfa Hay
  3. Perennial Peanut Hay
  4. Cool Season Perennial Grass Hay (e.g., tall fescue, orchardgrass, etc.)
  5. Mixed, Annual Grass, or Other Hay (e.g., clover/fescue, clover/ryegrass, millet, ryegrass, etc),
  6. Grass Baleage (high moisture grass forage ensiled in wrapped bales),
  7. Legume Baleage (high moisture legume or grass/legume ensiled in wrapped bales).

Sponsorship of an individual category will be awarded to the company who would like to be associated with that category. The sponsorship required for each category is $500. Sponsorship of individual categories will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. So, when notifying us of your choice of category, please indicate your 1st and 2nd preference. In order to begin the media/advertising campaign, all sponsorship commitments must be in to me by Mar. 21st.  For simplicity purposes, we cannot offer dual sponsorship of an individual category (i.e., only one company/entity sponsoring each category and no splitting of the bill). As Title Sponsor, AGCO and Massey Ferguson have the right of sole equipment sponsor, unless they deem the equipment company is not a competitor. Any and all forage or livestock-related sponsors are encouraged to apply! If you are interested in being a sponsor, contact Dr. Dennis Hancock by email or by phone (706-310-3545) for more details. Sponsorship is paid to the Sunbelt Ag Expo.

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