Sen. John Wilkinson Leads Ag Issues Summit

ATLANTA (September 8, 2017) | Sen. John Wilkinson (R – Toccoa) and Rep. Tom McCall (R – Elberton) chaired the annual Joint Agriculture Committee Chairmen Ag Issues Summit at the Museum of Agriculture in Tifton on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. The summit featured speakers and presentations from stakeholders across the state who discussed the future of agriculture policy and issues in Georgia.

“It was an honor and pleasure to help host the Ag Issues Summit,” said Sen. Wilkinson. “Hearing from the interested stakeholders gave me the chance to see first-hand what we might be discussing in the Senate Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee this coming session. Ag issues vary across our communities and it’s important to see and hear what’s happening in different parts of the state so we can create policy initiatives to help maintain Georgia’s place in the U.S. ag industry. I am thankful for everything each of the presenters shared with us and for the role they play in preparing Georgia’s future generations for a career in ag.”

The summit was sponsored by the Georgia Agribusiness Council and other industry leaders and featured discussion on topics ranging from the water wars, to rural Georgia and agriculture education. The summit featured presentations from Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemptions officers with the Department of Agriculture, the Georgia Water Planning and Policy Center, the House Rural Development Council, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College’s Destination Ag Program, the Museum of Agriculture, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp and the Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.

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For Immediate Release:
September 8, 2017

Elisabeth Fletcher, Communications Specialist