Consider the impact of agriculture in our state:
– contributes about $74.9 billion annually to Georgia’s economy, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness & Economic Development.
– one in seven Georgians works in agriculture, forestry or related fields.
– there were 42,257 farms in Georgia encompassing 9,620,836 acres of land. The average farm size was 228 acres.
For more than 80 years the Georgia Farm Bureau, with its membership of more than 300,000 families, has actively participated in local, district and state activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors. Founded in Cartersville in 1937, GFB recently commemorated their 80th anniversary with a monument installed on the grounds of the Bartow County Courthouse.
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, who fresh out of college worked for the GFB, spoke about the way forward,
“We can have good memories, but we have to pay that forward and we have to remind ourselves what the future holds. We’ve got to pledge to ourselves today and remind each other that our work is not done.”