Pre-Trip: FPL Food

Before our trip, I had the opportunity to research FPL Food, LLC, which is a privately own beef processing plant.  The FPL Food headquarters are in Augusta, GA, and their farm, Chatel Farms, is located in Reidsville, GA.  We will be visiting the August location on the second day of our…
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Preparing to see James Greenhouses

James Greenhouses is a family owned and operated perennial plug operation based in Colbert, GA. The owners are Ken and Leah James, and together they founded James Greenhouses in 1998. Nowadays, they have managed to achieve shipping close to thirteen million liners every year all across North America. This includes over…
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Reynolds Lake Oconee

My partner, Lissi Carr, and I were responsible for researching Reynolds Lake Oconee. In an effort to focus on different aspects of this stop on the tour, I will be narrowing the subject of this post to the history of Reynolds. This scenic establishment was first spearheaded as a family…
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Pre-trip Blog: Reynolds Lake Oconee

Reynolds Lake Oconee can accommodate all of your needs from an afternoon of golf to wedding venues to weekend get-a-ways and even a place for permanent residency, all with a beautiful lakefront. They offer six golf courses, dining venues, special occasion venues, full service marinas, and even a fitness/tennis club….
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Ag Dawgs Take FPL Foods~Post-Trip

Having not grown up around agriculture, I can definitely say that this trip has given me a new perspective on agriculture, especially that of Georgia. The diversity that exists in Georgia’s agriculture is simply stunning. Our state features everything from extensive row crops to the south to beautiful orchards and…
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Post Trip – FPL Foods

I’m a senior biological science major and I don’t know what I want to do after graduation. I decided to take this class to learn more about the agricultural industry in Georgia, to maybe give me an idea of some of the things I can do. This trip really opened…
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McCorkle Nurseries

Automation, as seen here at McCorkle Nurseries, has been one response that the agricultural industry has utilized to resolve employment gaps. Many Georgia farmers are struggling to meet their labor needs. The federal H2-A visa program, which provides temporary visas to farmworkers, has provided some relief. This method allows agricultural…
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