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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

October 15, 2008

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - If South Georgia was listing its bragging rights, farming and hunting would be at the top at the list. Proof of this can be seen at the 2008 Sunbelt Ag Expo where the two seemingly go hand in hand.

"We decided to come down and give it a try," said Mark Lamphier, salesman for Equalizer Treestands. Based out of North Carolina, the self adjustable tree stand is marketed primarily over the Internet. But Lamphier says the Ag Expo is a good opportunity to get the word out to consumers.

"We are having a lot of success meeting folks," says Lamphier, a first time exhibitor.

With more than 100,000 visitors expected throughout the 3 day expo, local entrepreneurs like Wendell Story of Moultrie. He didn't have to travel far to market his hog trapping product Master Catch.

"We got a hog trap system here. It's a swing door trap system, a multi-catch system," says Story. He feels his product appeals to both the avid hunter and the everyday farmer. With an increasing feral hog population, Story says the trapping system can offer peace of mind to farmers whose crops could be damaged by wild hogs.

 "You've got farm damage, not to mention erosion control on the pond dams and roadside damage. We're out here to help the farmers."

Another local based product, the 3D Buck Bag, a mineral block alternative manufactured in Ashburn, is out on the market just in time for the start of deer season.

"We started this back in February. We were just sitting around getting ready for deer season and ran across this bag. We put it out on our property and deer just really like it a lot. We've had a lot of deer coming to it," says salesman Brad Dunn.

And he hopes that like deer, new customers will flock to the product as well.

The 31st annual Sunbelt Ag Expo lasts through Thursday, October 16th. More than 1,200 exhibitors are taking part in the three day event.

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