An analysis of historical trends in the Farmgate Report
Doherty, Brigid A.
McKissick, John C.
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Each year the University of Georgia's College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences publishes the Georgia Farmgate Value Report.(2) The Farmgate Report is based on agricultural information reported in an annual survey of Georgia county extension agents. Extension agents are asked to provide data such as acreage of various crops harvested, yield per acre, and number of head of different animals in the county. These figures are then used to determine the county and statewide value to the producer for a variety of commodities. The Farmgate Report has served as an important source of facts and figures to those involved in Georgia agriculture. Although the farmgate figures have been extensively used, there has been little analysis of the trends they reveal. This report examines the past 5 years of farmgate data. It provides an assessment of the changes in farmgate value by commodity, extension district and congressional district. This report will also try to examine these changes in the context of the year in which they occurred. Past trends are then examined to assist in predicting the future.