Georgia Farm Bureau recently gave one of its highest honors to agriculture economist John McKissick, a professor emeritus at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences.
“Dr. McKissick’s contributions to Georgia agriculture continue to have lasting effects. The economic reports Dr. McKissick wrote during his almost 40-year career have provided valuable information to farmers and business leaders across Georgia that have helped them manage their risk in volatile markets,” GFB President Zippy Duvall said. “It’s a privilege to present him with the Georgia Farm Bureau Commodity Award. We always give it to a member of the agriculture community who has made a lasting impact on Georgia agriculture.”
McKissick, a resident of Athens, retired from UGA in 2010. He began his career at UGA in 1976 as a livestock and grain economist on the Tifton Campus. He later transferred to the Athens campus where he split his time between research and Extension. In 1999, McKissick was named the Extension Coordinator for the CAES Agricultural Economics Department and in 2000 was named director of the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, positions he held until his retirement. He is a part-time Extension Livestock Economist with the UGA CAES.
“Farm Bureau has always been a constant in our Georgia farm family. To work with your membership and leadership through the years has been an honor for me,” McKissick said during his acceptance speech. “I was blessed in that I was able to have a career in which I was able to marry two of my passions – working for a land-grant university that carries its research into the community with my passion for agriculture, farms and farm families.
While leading the CAED, McKissick started many programs that still provide valuable economic information to Georgia farmers and policy makers. These programs include the Georgia Ag Forecast meetings for which he continues to write market outlooks, the Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, the Ag Snapshots booklet, the Georgia County Guide and the Flavor of Georgia Contest.
A native of Walton County, McKissick grew up on a dairy farm showing eight State Champion Jersey cows and becoming a two-time Master 4-Her. As a Social Circle FFA member, McKissick raised and showed the 1970 Champion Angus Calf at the State Steer Show.
McKissick graduated from the University of Georgia with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Agricultural Economics in 1974 and 1977. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn in 1987.
He is the author of more than 675 articles and publications in economics and marketing and has presented more than 1,000 educational programs throughout the course of his career. He has given at least one economic presentation in all of Georgia’s 159 counties.
McKissick has received numerous state and national awards recognizing his economic and teaching career and his public service.