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Expo organizers pleased with day 2 turnout

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MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Big crowds were on hand in Moultrie for the second day of the Sunbelt Ag Expo.   Students were bussed in from classrooms across southwest Georgia.  

More than 1,200 exhibitors are set up at Spence Field for the 3-day show. Field events postponed because of recent rain were up and running on the second day.

It was tough to navigate the streets here in some areas because of the good attendance. Many FFA and 4 H students were also here, learning more about agriculture.

While the streets were filled with people, colleges like Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College say getting those passing by excited about agriculture isn't always easy. Many farmers are concerned the next generation isn't as concerned about working the family farm as past generations have been.

That's why ABAC has created a Rural Studies degree that focuses on rebuilding small town America.  

"My generation doesn't want to stay on the farm, they want to go to the big cities and get the big corporate jobs that pay six figures in the first year and they forget about the underlying aspects of agriculture and how important it is," said ABAC Rural Studies Student Sara Ervin.

"We have to make sure students understand that all of those career opportunities are not on the farm that they have opportunities with Agra businesses like the ones that are here working at Sunbelt Ag Expo working direct with producers, but working on marketing," said Dr. Tim Marshall of the ABAC School of Agriculture.

ABAC Professors say students at a middle school level need to be taught more about agriculture in the classroom. The Farm Bureaus are helping with that by providing teachers with materials.

Organizers are hoping the crowds will be just as strong tomorrow as they were today. The Expo wraps up a little earlier on Thursday the gates close at 4:00.

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