Thursday and Friday of this past week I joined Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and five of my fellow Legislators on a tour of farms in central and southern Georgia. We visited a couple of vegetable and fruit farms, a cotton gin, a saw mill, a dairy farm, a sod farm and even a Tilapia farm in Valdosta. We also toured the Georgia National Fair Grounds in Perry, and the Georgia Department of Agriculture Labs in Tifton.
WFXL-TV in Albany filed a report on our trip:
The Legislative Farm Tour serves as an opportunity for elected officials to learn more about Georgia’s agribusinesses and the key role that the agriculture industry plays in Georgia’s economy. The tour also provides a chance for members of the agriculture community to share concerns and discuss how current or proposed legislation or regulations will affect their operations.
I’m grateful to the farmers who let us visit with them and poke around their operations. Every one of these companies is family owned, several for many generations. It’s amazing how much technology these folks use. It’s also amazing how much science is used these days all in a effort to maximize production and reduce water usage.