Summary: From production to processing, Georgia agriculture is the single largest industry in the state.As an industry,
it supports the state with jobs, food and fiber and adds numerous other benefits that stretch far beyond our
corner of the country.Agriculture is Georgia, and we at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and
Environmental Sciences are doing everything we can to support both.
Despite economic doubt in the form of budget cuts, our extension programs are doing more with less as they
continue to evolve to serve agriculture and agribusinesses across the state, and our faculty have taken on more
responsibilities in order to deliver the information and research you can use to better your businesses.
High prices and record-setting exports for food and agricultural products have set the stage for Georgia
agriculture to be an economic star.We expect to see the farm economy remain robust and help stabilize the state
as the rest of the economy pulls slowly out of the recession.
While the industry is strong, its resilience will be tested this year as it overcomes difficult obstacles. Most notably
will be the challenge of the recent immigration laws and its impact on farm labor.
With this in mind, we present the sixth annual Ag Forecast publication.The material presented here represents
the best thinking of our faculty who work with the various agribusiness industries in our state.This year we have
added a special section on farm labor to address this hot topic issue.
Whether you're interested in the financial outlook of the U.S. and Georgia, in crops, livestock, biofuels,
agritourism or locally grown food, we'll show you the facts of 2011 and discuss both the uncertainty and
potential that 2012 holds.
We thank our primary sponsor, Georgia Farm Bureau, and our contributors, the Georgia Agribusiness Council
and the Georgia Department of Agriculture, for providing the support that allows us to extend research-based