All About: Farm Monitor
The Farm Monitor shines a light on Southeastern agriculture, and is the only weekly news and information program dedicated to Georgia’s largest and most important industry – agriculture.
Each week, our staff travels the state and nation to cover stories of interest to farmers and consumers. While Georgia agriculture and farming are the show’s main focus, we also bring you national agriculture issues, consumer information, cooking segments and entertaining feature stories about rural life and interesting people.
The Farm Monitor has been on the air since 1966 and was created with the goal of providing information to farmers and producers while also telling the farmer’s story - in their own words - to consumers.
Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi, and we are blessed with a climate that allows tremendous opportunities for farmers. Virtually any crop or animal can be grown successfully somewhere within the state. We’re known for our sweet Georgia peaches, our peanuts and those delicious Vidalia Onions. And don’t forget pecans, poultry, cattle and blueberries.
All totaled, agriculture contributes more than $74 billion dollars to Georgia’s economy. We are proud of the agricultural diversity in our state. That’s why we take you behind the scenes and introduce you to the men and women who work tirelessly to keep us all fed and clothed.
“There’s plenty of variety for us to cover, and we think that adds to the show’s appeal,” says executive producer, Kenny Burgamy. “We also want to tell the farmers’ story each week. We want to show viewers how agriculture has become more efficient despite burdensome regulations and unpredictable weather. We want to show that by using the latest technology, the American farmer grows safer, healthier, better tasting food on less land with fewer inputs and fewer people.”
The Farm Monitor staff has decades of television broadcast experience. Our dedicated staff believes in farming and the rural lifestyle and we think they do a great job of telling that story each week.
The show is anchored by Ray D’Alessio and Kenny Burgamy, and features Damon Jones and John Holcomb.
The program is also available on 13 television stations across Georgia, including Georgia Public Broadcasting, reaching virtually all of the state, along with many areas in Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee.