Georgia Farm Bureau members will travel to Jekyll Island for the organization’s 77th annual meeting Dec. 7-9. Highlights of the convention will include speeches by Gov. Nathan Deal and Senator-elect David Perdue, along with speakers who will address management and policy issues for major Georgia commodities.
“We’re honored to have Gov. Nathan Deal and U.S. Senator-elect David Perdue scheduled to speak to us during our general session on Monday morning. Their attendance at our convention shows they value the $77 billion total economic impact agriculture has on Georgia’s economy,” GFB President Zippy Duvall said. “We also have a great lineup of speakers for our commodity conferences on Monday afternoon to discuss issues impacting the major commodities grown in Georgia.”
Convention activities begin on Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center with registration at 10 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. to honor county Farm Bureau presidents who died this year. The trade show, featuring booths from many of Georgia’s agricultural organizations and agencies, will be open from noon until 4:45 p.m. The Georgia Department of Agriculture and GFB are hosting a reception from noon to 4:45 p.m. showcasing Georgia-grown commodities and GFB’s Certified Farm Markets.
On Monday, Dec. 8, the general session begins at 8:30 a.m. and will include remarks from Gov. Deal and Sen.-elect Perdue and GFB President Duvall’s annual address.
Commodity conferences featuring speakers who will address management and policy issues for the major commodities grown in Georgia will be held Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
GFB will show “Farmland,” the documentary by Academy Award-winning Director James Moll, at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 8. “Farmland” offers a firsthand glimpse into the lives of six young farmers across the U.S., including Georgia Farm Bureau members Leighton and Brenda Cooley of Crawford County.
On Tuesday, Dec. 9, GFB voting delegates will discuss and approve policy resolutions submitted by county Farm Bureau chapters from across the state. The resolutions approved by the delegates will become the organization’s official policy and will guide its legislative efforts
in 2015. Delegates will also elect the 2015 GFB Board of Directors. GFB President Duvall is running unopposed.
For more information about the GFB convention, visit http://www.gfb.org/convention