Nancy Barber (nlbarber) wrote,
Nancy Barber

Ag Expo week

It's that time of year again: I'm tending an exhibit for my office at the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo, in my hometown of Moultrie, Ga. The big difference this year, personally, is that evenings are going to be alone in the house I grew up in--no Daddy to relate the happenings of the day to. On the other hand, there's a faint hope that I can make progress on a few of the many tasks that need doing as we continue to try to remove stuff from the house and, ultimately, to sell it.

But back to the Expo: I'm in my usual spot in one of the 4 'agribusiness buildings', which is where most of the Federal agencies are. Other sorts exhibits, too, though--to my right is Rheem hot water heaters. Across and down from them is a software firm, selling a record-keeping package for farms. To my left is Homeland Security--new to the show this year, I think. Across is the Farm Service Agency, USDA National Ag. Statistics Service, and the Georgia Dept. of Ag.'s "Georgia Grown" promoting Georgia crops. All of these are repeats from last year, at least, if not for several years. The Georgia Grown people mercifully left their continuous-loop narrated slide show at home this year, so we all don't have to listen to it over and over and over.

My exhibit is a hastily assembled set of hydrographs and pictures from two major floods in Georgia this year: spring in southeast Georgia, and the recent September floods in Atlanta. I'm learning again how few people really look at what's on the exhibit--four people so far have read the banner ("Floods in Georgia"), then started in telling me "we just had a flood, too"--they've all been in the area of the September floods. They assume, I think, that exhibitors must be local: very few exhibitors, in fact, really are.

Weather is lovely--it was positively chilly this morning (for south Georgia, that is), and I didn't shed my long-sleeved pullover until late morning. Some years it's been close to 90 (F), and these metal buildings can really get hot, despite the fans. Chilly is good.
Tags: sunbelt, work

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