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Contact: Micajah Sturdivant, MMI Hotel Group, 601-326-8161, msturdivant@mmihg.com

MMI Hotel Group leads Hilton brand rankings 

Recently recognized as the #1 ranking Home2 Suites in the United States according to Hilton’s Balanced Scorecard which measures quality of offering and experience, Home2 Suites, St Simons Island, GA has more than their complimentary green apples at the front desk to be proud of.  Owned and operated by MMI Hotel Group, the hotel quickly ramped up its performance to be on par with its competitive set after opening January 2017.  While the portfolio of Home2 Suites hotels has more than doubled since then, MMI’s St Simons property has sustained an experience for its guests that exceeds all the rest.

Bart Johnson, a tenured MMI Hotel Group General Manager, has assembled a group of personalities that work well together on behalf of their fellow team members and their guests.  “I am fortunate to have a talented team who appreciates the opportunities for advancement in and deepening their understanding of our industry,” states B. Johnson.  That same yearning for advancement is what has propelled Bart and so many other leaders in the MMI organization over the company’s storied 62-year history.

The entire portfolio of Hilton product that MMI manages ranks in the top 3% of their respective Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton Inn & Suites brands for service.  Whether a new box and team or not, MMI’s culture creates operating models that resonate with team members and travelers alike.  Hilton Garden Inn – Madison, MS currently ranks 34th out of 702 HGI’s for Overall Experience.  Hampton Inn & Suites, Saraland, Alabama’s overall experience ranks them as #25 out of 942 hotels with service being #7 of 942.

In an industry with new supply continuously arriving and guest expectations ever increasing, the stability of MMI Hotel Group’s principals rooted in early advancement of the hospitality industry continues to produce healthy results.

Founded in 1956, MMI Hotel Group, formerly known as Mississippi Management, Inc. is a private, full-suite hotel management company focused principally on people.  Currently serving team members based at full- and focused-service product across the Sun Belt, this third-generation company has established a tradition of successful partnerships grounded in good old-fashioned Southern hospitality.  While MMI’s culture is a constant, the diversity of the MMI portfolio – franchised and independent, core and lifestyle brands – remains a competitive advantage for the company as best practices generate superior results.  (www.MMIHotelGroup.com)

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Contact: Taylor Sills, Georgia Cotton Commission, 478-988-4235, taylor@georgiacotton.org

Speakers announced for Georgia Cotton Commission’s 12th annual meeting Jan. 30 

The Georgia Cotton Commission is pleased to announce the guest speakers at the Commission’s 12th Annual Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 30, 2018, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. The annual meeting is held in conjunction with the UGA Cotton Production Workshop conducted by the UGA Research & Extension Cotton Team.
 
The UGA Cotton Production Workshop will feature breakout sessions where attendees will learn the latest technical production strategies from the researchers whose projects are funded by the Commission’s research program. The Georgia Cotton Commission Annual Meeting will follow the breakout sessions and feature speakers from several industry organizations. 
 
The program speakers are J. Lee Cromley, Vice President, Southern Cotton Growers; K. Michael Tate, Vice Chairman, National Cotton Council of America; Bruce Atherly, Executive Director, Cotton Council International.

Lee Cromley is a cotton and peanut farmer from Brooklet, Georgia who is currently serving as Vice President of the Southern Cotton Growers, an organization that represents thousands of cotton growers throughout Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, and Virginia.  Cromley is also a board member for the Georgia Cotton Commission, Bulloch Gin, Bulloch County FSA, and Farmers & Merchants Bank and Board Advisor for the National Cotton Council of America.  He is a graduate of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences and has been farming with his brother Charlie since 1983.

Michael Tate is a cotton, soybean, wheat, corn, and pumpkin farmer from Huntsville, Alabama who is currently serving as the Vice Chairman of the National Cotton Council of America, the trade organization for cotton production in the United States.  Tate is the former president of the Southern Cotton Growers, former chair of the American Cotton Producers, board member for Alabama Farmers Co-op and Staplcotn, and board advisor for Cotton Council International.

Bruce Atherley has a long and successful track record in global marketing and management. He previously served as Vice President, Global Marketing for Kao, Inc., a Tokyo-based global manufacturer of personal care and household products. He also worked for the William Wrigley Jr. Company, serving as its Vice President of North American Confections Marketing, President and General Manager of Wrigley Canada and Managing Director, Global Branding Services. Prior to Wrigley, he served as Vice President of Retail Marketing for the H.J. Heinz Company, President and CEO of Pet Life, Inc., Marketing Director, Black and Decker and Product Manager, Cheerios for General Mills Inc. Atherley assumed his current role as Executive Director of Cotton Council International in October 2015.

Following the Annual Meeting speakers, the Commission will host lunch where sponsors will be recognized and door prizes will be given away. The meeting, production workshop, and lunch are open to not only cotton growers, but anyone interested in the cotton industry. The UGA Cotton Production Workshop breakout sessions will be repeated after lunch.

There is no charge to attend. Pre-registration is requested to help with meal plans.  Register online at  www.ugatiftonconference.caes.uga.edu or call (229) 386-3416.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Deltapine/Bayer Crop Science – Phytogen/Corteva Agriscience
Actagro – Agri-AFC – Alltech – Americot, Inc.-NexGen – Ameris Bank – Choice Cotton Company – CNI
Flint Ag & Turf – Holder Ag Consulting – Indigo Ag – Lasseter Equipment Group
McLean Marechal Insurance/Nationwide Insurance – Nachurs – Nutrien Ag Solutions
Pinnacle Marketing – Rabo AgriFinance – R.W. Griffin/Coffee County Gin/Four Corners Cotton Gin SePRO Corporation – Southeast AgNet – Staplcotn – Syngenta – Triangle Chemical – Valent USA – Valley Irrigation

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Contact: Joy Crosby, Georgia Peanut Commission, 229-386-3690, email: joycrosby@gapeanuts.com

Raynor Churchwell, Georgia Farm Bureau, 1-800-342-1196, email: rdchurchwell@gfb.org

Nomination meetings scheduled for to fill positions on Georgia Peanut Commission 

MACON, Ga. – Nomination meetings to fill three positions on the Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) Board of Directors will be held Dec. 10 in Ocilla, Vienna and Americus. The Georgia Farm Bureau Federation will conduct the meetings during which peanut producers will nominate peers to represent the Peanut Commission’s Districts 2, 4 and 5. The terms of the commission members who currently represent these districts expire Dec. 31, 2018.

“I encourage peanut farmers in these districts to attend the meeting for their respective district and participate in making nominations for these Peanut Commission positions,” Georgia Farm Bureau President Gerald Long said. “The Georgia Peanut Commission plays an important role in promoting the industry, conducting research and educating producers and the public about industry issues.”

The Georgia peanut production area is divided into five districts based on acreage distribution and geographical location with one board member representing each district. Each nominee must produce peanuts and live within the district for which he or she is nominated.

The GPC District 2 nomination meeting will be held at the Irwin County Farm Bureau office located at 495 Lax Highway, Ocilla, Georgia, at 10 a.m. on Dec. 10. Armond Morris is the incumbent in the district. Counties in District 2 include Atkinson, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Thomas, Tift, Turner and Worth.

The GPC District 4 nomination meeting will be held at the Dooly County Farm Bureau Office located at 126 Church Street, Vienna, Georgia, at 10 a.m. on Dec. 10. Rodney Dawson of Pulaski County is the District 4 incumbent. Counties in District 4 include Bleckley, Crisp, Dodge, Dooly, Houston, Laurens, Pulaski, Telfair, Twiggs, Wheeler, Wilcox and Wilkinson.

The GPC District 5 nomination meeting will be held at the Sumter County Farm Bureau Office located at 141 Highway 27 East, Americus, Georgia, at 10 a.m. on Dec. 10. Donald Chase of Macon County is the district incumbent. Counties in District 5 include Chattahoochee, Clay, Lee, Macon, Marion, Peach, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Terrell and Webster.

Any peanut producer may be nominated or make nominations at the meeting for the peanut district in which he or she lives. Incumbents are eligible for renomination.

If more than one person is nominated, an election will be conducted by mail ballot at a date to be announced. Commission by-laws state that a person must receive a majority of the votes cast for a position in order to be elected to the board. If only one person qualifies for the position, no election is required and the nominated person automatically becomes a member of the Georgia Peanut Commission Board. Commission members serve terms of three years.

Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization. The organization has 158 county offices, and its volunteer members actively participate in activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors.

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Contact: Greg Brooks, Walton EMC, 770-266-2307

Walton EMC contracts with 200 megawatts of new solar projects for Facebook’s Newton data center

MONROE, Ga. – Walton Electric Membership Corporation (EMC), a consumer-owned utility with a reputation for energy innovation, has executed contracts with two solar developers for three new solar projects as part of its agreement to supply 100 percent renewable energy for Facebook’s data center in Newton County, Georgia. The collaboration is the largest solar development project in Georgia.

Facebook chose Walton EMC as the power supplier for the Newton Data Center when it announced the 970,000 square foot facility in March.

Silicon Ranch and Strata Solar will construct world-class solar power plants that will support the new data center. The facilities will be located in Southwest Georgia.

“We are happy to welcome Silicon Ranch and Strata Solar to the quality partnership of Facebook, Walton EMC and Morgan Stanley to complete the groundbreaking energy supply arrangement for Facebook’s Newton Data Center,” said Walton EMC CEO Ronnie Lee. “Our unique agreements will serve as models for similar projects all across the country and bring noteworthy economic rewards locally.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Walton EMC, Silicon Ranch and Strata Solar to bring more than 200 megawatts (mW) of new solar resources to Georgia,” said Rachel Peterson, vice president of data center strategy for Facebook. “We are committed to supporting all of Facebook’s operations with 100 percent renewable energy and these new solar facilities will help us meet that goal for our Newton Data Center. Developing these resources within the same electric grid that supports our data center will bring even more investment to the region.”

The Newton Data Center is Facebook’s ninth such state-of-the-art facility in the country. The centers are among the most advanced, energy-efficient facilities in the world. They use 38 percent less electricity than the average data center.

Economic boon for Georgia

The solar power plants will economically benefit local communities, with ripple effects felt all across the state.

Every facility will add substantial revenue to each county’s tax income which will benefit local school systems.

Construction will create more than 800 jobs, with additional employment for ongoing operation and maintenance. Local labor and local contractors will fill most of these positions.

The total investment of Silicon Ranch and Strata Solar will reach more than $230 million. Collectively, this is the largest solar development in Georgia, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

Silicon Ranch Project

  • Location: Early County, Georgia
  • Size (electrical): 102.5 mW (AC)
  • Expected Completion: 2019
  • Jobs created: construction – 400; operation and maintenance ­– two to three plus local contractors

The Early County facility will deploy the first locally-produced solar modules from Hanwha Q CELLS’s new manufacturing facility in Georgia, which is also the largest in the United States.

Strata Solar Projects

  • Location: Calhoun and Colquitt Counties, Georgia
  • Size (electrical): Calhoun – 80 mW (AC); Colquitt – 20 mW (AC)
  • Expected Completion: 2020
  • Jobs created: construction – 400; operation and maintenance ­– two to three plus local contractors

Growing Georgia’s economy with renewable energy

Facebook’s emphasis on siting renewable resources within the same electric grid as its data centers created an opportunity to bring additional investment in solar generation to Georgia.

“Partnering on the project with a customer-focused, consumer-owned electric cooperative helped to inspire the collaboration,” added Matt Kisber, CEO of Silicon Ranch.

“Facebook and Walton EMC are driven by a ‘concern for community’ and a commitment to the customers they serve. These principles have made them global and national leaders in their respective markets,” said Kisber. “As the long-term owner of every solar project we develop, Silicon Ranch shares these values, and we are proud to support the renewable energy goals of Facebook’s Newton Data Center while bringing an economic shot in the arm to rural Georgia.”

“Innovative companies like Facebook, partnered with customer-focused utilities like Walton EMC, are driving renewable energy growth across the country,” said Markus Wilhelm, CEO of Strata Solar.

“Strata is proud to bring our reputation for quality and efficiency to two more projects in Georgia,” he said. “By partnering on clean energy projects like these, we can grow the Georgia economy while bringing significant benefits to local communities.”

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About Walton EMC

Walton EMC is a customer-owned power company that serves accounts over its 10-county service area between Atlanta and Athens, Ga. Its primary focus is providing exceptional service to its 128,000 residential, commercial and industrial customer-owner accounts while also caring for the area’s communities. Learn more at facebook.com/waltonemc.

About Silicon Ranch Corporation

Silicon Ranch is the U.S. solar platform for Shell and one of the largest independent solar power producers in the country. Silicon Ranch develops to own all of its projects for the long-term, a distinction that means the company is deeply committed to its partners and communities and stands behind the performance of its facilities day in and day out. The company’s operating portfolio includes more than 120 facilities across 14 states from New York to California, including the first large-scale solar projects in Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. To learn more, visit siliconranch.com and go to facebook.com/siliconranch.

About Strata Solar

Strata Solar is a leading provider of utility-scale, commercial and industrial solar photovoltaic systems. Strata has constructed over 1 gigawatt (gW) in total solar capacity and maintains a development pipeline of over 3gW. The company’s integrated approach, which includes development, financing, engineering, procurement, construction, operations and maintenance, allows Strata to consistently build quality projects with long-term ownership in mind. Strata is consistently ranked as one of the largest utility-scale solar integrators in the U.S. To learn more, visit stratasolar.com.

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Contact: Marjorie Dykes, Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, 770-338-0051

Optimum Productions, award-winning video marketing agency, joins Georgia Manufacturing Alliance as developer sponsor

Atlanta, GA — The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance continues to expand its reach and has added Optimum Productions as an annual sponsor. Optimum Productions is an award-winning video production agency that provides video and sales expertise for all size businesses and name brands such as Anixter, Coca-Cola, Hewlett Packard, HD Supply, NCR, Stanley Black & Decker, and SunTrust. They have won nine Telly Awards and their team combines video storytelling and technical know-how with an extensive range of production services that bring businesses and products to life.

Optimum Productions also produces IndustrialSage which is a weekly video-podcast series that focuses on digital marketing for the industrial and manufacturing space. They interview leading professionals to learn how they are solving challenges within the industry and have produced over 60 episodes to date.

“It’s clear that industrial marketers and sales teams are experiencing a dramatic shift as technologies rapidly evolve and millennials quickly overtake Gen X in the workforce,” said Danny Gonzales, CEO and Executive Producer of Optimum Productions. “94% of B2B buyers do some form of online research before buying; and 80% of B2B buyers have already made up their decision before they contact you. We are excited to be able to bring our expertise in digital sales and marketing to the manufacturing community and help them be more profitable for 2019.”

On January 15th in Alpharetta, Optimum Productions will host a hands-on workshop on Digital Sales & Marketing that will help manufacturers and suppliers build digital campaigns and improve sales. Topics will include: The State of the Industry; Inbound Marketing 101; SMART Goals; The Content Funnel; Sales & Marketing Enablement; Software & Tools (Tips/Tricks) Click here to learn more: https://www.georgiamanufacturingalliance.com/events/digital-sales-marketing-lunch-learn-alpharetta

“Sales and marketing are always the number-one topic that manufacturers want to learn about,” said Jason Moss, CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. “Optimum Productions produced our opening video and led our Sales & Marketing panel at the Georgia Manufacturing Summit in October. They are on the leading edge of the business video industry, and we are excited to add them as a GMA sponsor and to have them on our Educational Team to provide Digital Sales & Marketing trainings for our members.”

ABOUT GMA: The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) is a membership-based industry organization founded in 2008 to support Georgia’s manufacturing community. GMA provides monthly plant tours, educational sessions, tradeshows, and unique networking opportunities designed to help make profitable business connections for its members. The Georgia Manufacturing Directory, Georgia Manufacturing Summit, Georgia Manufacturing Calendar, and Buy From Georgia website are additional resources produced by GMA. To learn more about the organization, membership, and upcoming events, please call 770-338-0051 or visit their website https://www.georgiamanufacturingalliance.com/

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Contact: Marjorie Dykes, Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, 770-338-0051

Consumers are supporting local jobs by shopping from BuyFromGa.com

Atlanta, GA – The Made in Georgia movement is sweeping across the state, and consumers are checking out www.BuyFromGeorgia.com to find products they can purchase for the holidays. Studies show that there are currently 606 million products on Amazon, and this website was created to educate people on products that are made in our state.

The www.BuyFromGA.com website features 100s of items that are manufactured in Georgia that consumers can purchase using their Amazon account. This site was developed by the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance who is on a mission to educate people about what is made in their community and the impact those goods have on their local economy.

The www.BuyFromGA.com website features name brand and unique items that would make great gifts for the holidays while supporting Georgia employees and their families. Just a sample of gift ideas includes:

  • Claxton Fruit Cakes made in Claxton, GA
  • Kumho Tires made in Macon, GA
  • Magic Circle Trampolines made in Columbus, GA
  • Mizuno Golf Clubs made in Norcross, GA
  • Okabashi Shoes made in Buford, GA
  • Primo Grills made in Tucker, GA
  • Savannah Bee Honey and Beauty Products made in Savannah, GA
  • West Georgia Cornhole made in Winston, GA

“The www.BuyFromGA.com site was developed to make people aware of how they can make a difference by shopping and buying local made goods,” said Jason Moss, CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. “We want to continue our mission to support the manufacturers in our state and to bring awareness of the 100s of consumer based products that are produced in our great state.”

ABOUT GMA: The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) is a membership-based industry organization founded in 2008 to support Georgia’s manufacturing community. GMA provides monthly plant tours, educational sessions, tradeshows, and unique networking opportunities designed to help make profitable business connections for its members. The Georgia Manufacturing Directory, Georgia Manufacturing Summit, and Georgia Manufacturing Calendar are additional resources produced by GMA. To learn more about the organization, membership, and upcoming events, please call 770-338-0051 or visit their website http://www.GeorgiaManufacturingAlliance.com.

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Contact: Karlise Y. Grier, Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, 404-225-5040

Nominations now open for Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service

ATLANTA – The Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism is accepting nominations for the 20th Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service through Monday, Dec. 3.

Complete nominations packets, to include a nomination narrative, the résumé of the nominee, and two letters of support, may only be submitted online on or before the deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 3.

For more information about the eligibility requirements and the nomination process, or to nominate a lawyer or a judge who meets the eligibility requirements, please visit http://cjcpga.org/nominationsbenhamcsa/.

The Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, the first body of its kind in the nation, was created in 1989 by the Supreme Court of Georgia with the primary charge of enhancing professionalism among Georgia’s lawyers. Chief Justice Harold D. Melton is the current chair of the Commission. In carrying out its charge, the Commission provides ongoing attention and assistance to the task of assuring that the practice of law remains a high calling, enlisted in the service of client and public good. Composed of representatives of the organized bar, practicing bar, judiciary, law schools and the public, the Commission serves as the institutional framework for sustaining an environment that fosters professionalism in the legal community.

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Contact: Andy Lucas, Georgia Farm Bureau, 478-474-0679, ext. 5237

GFB Foundation for Ag announces ‘Giving Challenges’ on #GivingTuesday

The Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) Foundation for Ag is proud to announce five Georgia Gives Day “Giving Challenges” for 2018, sponsored by the Georgia Forestry Association, Farm Bureau Bank, James Bates Brannan & Groover Law Firm, McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co. and Georgia’s EMCs.

Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is your opportunity to donate to charitable organizations that matter most to you. Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27, The Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) Foundation for Agriculture will be participating in Georgia Gives Day on Giving Tuesday to raise money for farmers affected by Hurricane Michael.

With these unique “giving challenges,” GFB Foundation for Ag hopes to raise more than $80,000.00 for Georgia farmers.

7 AM – 8 AM | Timber Power Hour

Sponsored by the Georgia Forestry Association

The timber industry sustained $763 million in direct losses after Hurricane Michael. In recognition of this important industry, the Georgia Forestry Association will triple every dollar donated to the fund during this hour up to $10,000.

11 AM – 12 PM | Invest in Hope, Bank On Growth Challenge

Sponsored by Farm Bureau Bank

Farm Bureau Bank is INVESTED in supporting those who have been impacted by Hurricane Michael. Take INTEREST in the hope and future of Georgia’s agricultural community and BANK on us to do the same – Farm Bureau Bank will double every dollar donated to the fund during this hour up to $10,000.

12 PM – 1 PM | Peanut Power Hour

Sponsored by James, Bates, Brannan, Groover LLP

Hurricane Michael caused $2.5 billion in damage. If Georgia Farm Bureau can get 100 donations of $25 or more in this hour, the sponsor will donate $10,000.

2 PM – 3 PM | Cotton “Come Together” Challenge

Sponsored by McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co., LLC

If Georgia Farm Bureau can get more than 250 unique donations in one hour, McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co will donate up to $10,000.

5 PM – 6 PM | Rural Power Hour

Sponsored by Georgia’s EMCs

Georgia’s EMCs are helping to bring the POWER back to our rural communities. During the last Power Hour, the largest distribution network in the state wants you to join them in LIGHTING up the cause to aid farmers and ranchers. ENERGIZE your efforts during this final push and Georgia’s EMCs will double each contribution made, up to $10,000.

One hundred percent of the donations raised will be dispersed to Georgians, farmers and ranchers across the state that have been affected by the devastation.

About Georgia Farm Bureau

Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the largest general farm organization in Georgia. It works to connect consumers with agriculture and offers its members a wide variety of benefits, including insurance, but enrollment in any of the member benefits is optional and not a requirement for membership.

About GFB Foundation for Agriculture Hurricane Michael Relief Fund

The Georgia Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is accepting tax-deductible donations to aid in the relief effort following the devastation from Hurricane Michael. This fund will collect and distribute monetary contributions only.

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Contact: Taylor Sills, Georgia Cotton Commission, 478-988-4235

Jacobs and Hayes presented 2018 King Cotton Awards

Local UGA Cooperative Extension Service agents are an incredible resource for cotton farmers across Georgia. Agents are known for delivering timely and accurate information, which is instrumental for the success of Georgia’s farmers. They also do community specific research, education, and outreach programs, designed at helping farmers maximizing yields and efficiency.

For the eighteenth year in a row, the Georgia Cotton Commission sponsored the King Cotton Awards to recognize outstanding contributions of county agents to Georgia cotton producers. The Senior Award is for agents with 10 or more years of experience, while the Junior Award, named the Allen B. Fulford Award, is for those with less than 10 years of service. The latter award honors the accomplishments and memory of Allen B. Fulford as a county Extension agent and state cotton agronomist. The awards were presented at the 2018 Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents Annual Meeting & Professional Improvement Conference held in Buford in November. The Georgia Cotton Commission is proud to salute the excellent work that County Extension Agents do for farmers across the state.

The 2018 Senior King Cotton Award Winner is James Jacobs of Pierce County, where he serves as County Extension Coordinator as well as Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent. Jacobs previously served producers in Ware and Berrien Counties. James works with the UGA Cotton On-Farm Variety Evaluation Program as well as doing individual trials on conventional and nematode-resistant varieties, all of which helps producers select the best varieties of cotton to plant for the current year, as well as in the future. He also goes far beyond the call of duty, by helping mentor county agents across the state.

The 2018 Allen B. Fulford Award recipient is Bryan Hayes of Mitchell County, where he serves as ANR Agent. Bryan started with UGA Cooperative Extension in 2014, and has made a major impact on his community since that time. Hayes also participates in UGA On-Farm Cotton Variety Evaluation Program trials as well as helping coordinate other research studies with the University of Georgia as well as the University of Florida. Bryan has become a leading county agent on cotton in his four years in Mitchell County, and is continuing to grow as a leader in the extension service.

The Georgia Cotton Commission is a producer-funded organization located in Perry, Georgia. The Commission began in 1965. Georgia cotton producers pay an assessment enabling the Commission to invest in programs of research, promotion, and education on behalf of all cotton producers of Georgia. For more information about the Georgia Cotton Commission please call 478-988-4235 or on the web at www.georgiacottoncommission.org.

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Contact: Andy Lucas, Georgia Farm Bureau, 478-474-0679, ext. 5237

Georgia Farm Bureau Convention to celebrate resiliency of state’s farmers

AFBF President Zippy Duvall & Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black to speak Dec. 3

MACON, Ga. – Less than two months after Hurricane Michael dealt more than $2.5 billion in crop and livestock damage to Georgia agriculture, Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) members will gather on Jekyll Island to celebrate the resiliency of Georgia farmers during the organization’s 81st annual meeting Dec. 2-4.

“Georgia Farm Bureau has advocated for Georgia’s farmers and rural communities for 81 years. Our purpose – to serve as the voice of Georgia’s farmers – is needed now more than ever as Georgia’s agricultural community recovers from Hurricane Michael. Farmers from Seminole to Burke counties suffered varying degrees of damage that will take a while to rebound from, even generations in the case of timber and pecan losses,” GFB President Gerald Long said. “Our convention will serve as a venue for our organization to support our members affected by the storm, get updates on ag issues and determine the positions our organization will take next year on the issues impacting their farms and rural communities.”

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall and Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black will address convention attendees during the general session on Dec. 3 between 8:15 a.m. and noon. Duvall served as GFB president from December 2006 until January 2016 when he became the first Georgian elected to lead AFBF. Black has revitalized the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown program and initiated the Farm to School program since first taking office in 2011.

Convention activities begin at 10 a.m. on Dec. 2 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. Sunday events include a trade show, featuring booths from many of Georgia’s agricultural organizations and agencies, and a “Sip & Spoonful” reception showcasing GFB’s Certified Farm Markets. During the Celebrating Agricultural Literacy event, GFB will recognize efforts by county Farm Bureaus and individuals to educate students about agriculture through the Ag in the Classroom program. The first day of the convention will close with a worship service at 4:30 p.m.

On Dec. 3, GFB President Long will deliver his annual address, followed by remarks from AFBF President Duvall and Commissioner of Agriculture Black. The convention trade show will be open from 9 a.m. until noon.

Commodity conferences, featuring speakers who will address management and policy issues for the major commodities grown in Georgia, will be held Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. and 3:30p.m.

On Dec. 4, GFB voting delegates will meet at 8:15 a.m. to discuss and approve policy resolutions submitted by county Farm Bureau chapters statewide. The resolutions approved by the delegates will become the organization’s official policy and will guide its legislative efforts in 2019.

Delegates will also elect the 2019 GFB Board of Directors. GFB President Long is running unopposed for another term as is GFB Middle Georgia Vice President Robert Fountain Jr.

For more information about the GFB convention visit www.gfb.ag/convention.

About Georgia Farm Bureau

Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the largest general farm organization in Georgia. It works to connect consumers with agriculture and offers its members a wide variety of benefits, including insurance, but enrollment in any of the member benefits is optional and not a requirement for membership. For more information about GFB membership or to join, visit www.gfb.org.

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Contact: Andy Lucas, Georgia Farm Bureau, 478-474-0679, ext. 5237

GFB Foundation for Ag Participating in #GAGives on #GivingTuesday

Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is your opportunity to donate to charitable organizations that matter most to you. On Tuesday, November 27, The Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) Foundation for Agriculture will be participating in Georgia Gives Day on Giving Tuesday to raise money for farmers affected by Hurricane Michael.

The GFB Foundation for Agriculture established a relief to aid farmers across South and Central Georgia who, collectively, as an industry, experienced a $2.5 billion loss that continues to grow. Row crops, pecan orchards, vegetable crops, poultry houses, farm equipment and barns were devasted by storm damage.

“For so many farmers and ranchers, months and years of hard work were undone in a matter of moments, courtesy of Hurricane Michael… Farmers have lost homes and priceless possessions. For some, their livelihoods are gone, and their sense of security destroyed. Many of our communities, especially in Southwest Georgia, are reeling,” GFB President Gerald Long said.

Georgia Gives Day provides an opportunity to grow giving efforts and increase awareness for farmers in need. During certain hours of this day, donations to the GFB Foundation for Agriculture will be doubled and even tripled. The Georgia Center for Nonprofits, which organizes the #GAGives on #GivingTuesday campaign, will offer additional incentives for all participating nonprofits. Their highly visible and viral campaigns offer every Georgia nonprofit the chance to be part of a worldwide end-of-year giving-season kickoff. Last year, #GAGives on #GivingTuesday was a record day of generosity in our state, raising $6.8 million for more than 3,000 participating nonprofits.

Tremendous momentum for GFB’s storm relief fund cause has already begun with support from the following partners: Farm Bureau Bank, Georgia Forestry Association, Georgia’s EMCs, James-Bates-Brannan-Groover and McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co. Each company/organization has pledged $10,000 or more to be used during “Power Hours” and “Challenges” throughout the day.

The Georgia Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture hopes to raise more than $80,000 for Georgia farmers on Giving Tuesday. More information about the unique giving challenges can be found at gfb.ag/stormrelief.

One hundred percent of the donations to this fund will be dispersed to Georgians, farmers and ranchers across the state that have been affected by the devastation.

About Georgia Farm Bureau

Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the largest general farm organization in Georgia. It works to connect consumers with agriculture and offers its members a wide variety of benefits, including insurance, but enrollment in any of the member benefits is optional and not a requirement for membership.

About GFB Foundation for Agriculture Hurricane Michael Relief Fund

The Georgia Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is accepting tax-deductible donations to aid in the relief effort following the devastation from Hurricane Michael. This fund will collect and distribute monetary contributions only.

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Contact: Joy Crosby, Georgia Peanut Commission, 229-386-3690

43rd annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show set for Jan. 17 in Tifton

TIFTON, Ga. — Make plans to attend the 43rd annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia. The one-day show is free and open to all farmers and industry representatives to attend.

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with more than 100 agribusinesses and organizations in the peanut and agricultural industry. Farmers will be able to earn private and commercial pesticide applicator certification, as well as learn about cutting-edge research and developments during the University of Georgia Peanut Production Seminar and industry-wide sponsored Peanut Seed Seminar.

Farm Show chairman Rodney Dawson is looking forward to the 2019 show and having a large crowd of farmers attend like previous years. “I encourage farmers to attend this one-day show in Tifton,” Dawson says. “The knowledge they will gain from industry representatives and seminars is an investment in the future of their farm.”

The Georgia Peanut Commission, in cooperation with OneBlood, will host a blood drive from   9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the show. At the close of the day, there will be nearly $10,000 in door prizes presented to farmers, as well as a Grand Door Prize, vendor products, certificates and equipment.

For more information on the show, contact the Georgia Peanut Commission office at 229-386-3470 or visit www.gapeanuts.com.

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Contact: Joy Crosby, Georgia Peanut Commission, 229-386-3690

Nominations open for Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award

TIFTON, Ga.— Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer. The state winner will be announced at the Georgia Peanut Farm Show on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, in Tifton, Georgia. The award is sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission and BASF.

The Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award is based upon the applicant’s overall farm operation; environmental and stewardship practices; and leadership, civic, church, and community service activities.

“We have so many young peanut farmers making a difference in their communities and I consider this awards program a great opportunity to recognize one young peanut farmer for their contributions to the agricultural industry,” says Armond Morris, chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission.

The award is open for any active Georgia peanut farmer who is not over 45 years of age, as of Jan. 17, 2019. An individual may receive the award only once. There is no limit on the number of applicants from each county in Georgia.

“BASF is honored to be a sponsor of the Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award,” says Dan Watts, district manager of BASF Crop Protection Products. “We are committed to agriculture and bringing new innovative solutions to producers that will allow them to continue to be successful.”

Applications are due to the GPC office by Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. The award application is available online at www.gapeanuts.com or by contacting Joy Crosby at 229-386-3690 or joycrosby@gapeanuts.com.

Previous Georgia winners include Elton Baldy of Norman Park, Brandon Branch of Baxley, Trey Dunaway of Hawkinsville, Andrew Grimes of Tifton, Randy Branch of Baxley, James Hitchcock Jr. of Tennille, Brad Thompson of Donalsonville, Greg Mims of Donalsonville, Jim Waters of Blackshear and Jimmy Webb of Leary, Georgia. The award winner receives registration and hotel accommodations to attend the Southern Peanut Growers Conference, July 18-20, 2019, and a sign to display at his or her farm.

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Contact: Lisa Ignoto, KAMMCO

800-232-2259

KAMMCO collaboration with military health system to deliver critical health information across the globe

(OCT. 26, 2018) On August 30, the Military Health System (MHS) added critical medical information from seven physician-led health information exchanges (HIEs) across the nation.  This was facilitated by the Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN), KAMMCO and the eHealth Exchange. Laura McCrary, Ed.D, Executive Director of KHIN comments on the significance, “This represents the growing capabilities of HIEs to share records in all locations from which a patient has received care.”

With this new development, medical records can be shared across the world as military personnel and their families transition between multiple locations, stateside or overseas. Military hospitals and clinics now can quickly and securely access patients’ personal health information 24/7 and have access from the physician-led HIEs in Kansas, Connecticut, New Jersey, South Carolina, Georgia, Missouri and Louisiana.

“MHS cares for 9.4 million beneficiaries, delivering care globally in military hospitals and clinics and providing coordinated, integrated care through civilian networks,” said Kimberly Heermann-Do, Health Information Exchange Office Lead in the EHR Modernization Program Management Office. Heermann-Do added, “Through HIEs, records are available securely from the private sector if the HIE is onboarded to the MHS. Having access to records for patients across the KAMMCO network will assist MHS providers with clinical decisions.”

“The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) has a long history of supporting the healthcare needs of our active duty military in New Jersey. Sharing clinical information from our physician practices with MHS through OneHealth New Jersey furthers our support in this important area,” shared Larry Downs, JD, MSNJ CEO. “With a large joint base located in New Jersey our physician members provide care to many active duty military and their families.” MSNJ is one of seven medical societies who partner with KAMMCO in the delivery of a physician-led health information exchange platform.

Kurt Scott, KAMMCO CEO said, “KAMMCO provides a critical service to make patients’ medical records available wherever they receive care.  It is a privilege that we can now deliver lab results, current medications and health histories for servicemen and women across the globe.  We are proud that MHS can query our HIEs and effectively use the clinical data they access.”

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About KAMMCO

KAMMCO is a provider-led medical professional liability insurer affiliated with the Kansas Medical Society. KAMMCO’s provider-led approach uniquely positions it to help physicians, other healthcare providers, integrated delivery networks, accountable care organizations, and others seeking to improve patient outcomes and adapt to new performance-based payment models through the use of data analytics and business intelligence tools. KAMMCO is now delivering health information exchange and analytics products and services in partnership with medical societies in six states beyond Kansas, including Georgia, South Carolina, Connecticut, New Jersey, Missouri, and Louisiana. For more information, visit www.KAMMCO.com.

About Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN)

KHIN’s mission is to improve healthcare quality, coordination and efficiency through the exchange of health information at the point of care utilizing a secure electronic network provided by a collaboration of healthcare organizations. KHIN is a provider-led 501(c)3. Its goals are to ensure providers, patients and communities have long-term access to cost effective, sustainable health information exchange aligned with costs distributed across a broad user base. It also encourages and removes barriers so communities and regions can focus on quality improvement, patient centered medical home and entrepreneurial strategies that effect local health outcomes. For more information, visit www.khinonline.org.

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Contact: Nora Sullivan

855-422-0051

Sam Williamson inducted in Georgia Auctioneers Hall of Fame

Sam Williamson, REALTOR, auctioneer, owner and CEO of Williamson Bros. Realty & Auction Co., Inc., in Athens, Georgia, was inducted into the Georgia Auctioneers Hall of Fame. This is an award of distinction determined by his peers and decided by the Georgia Auctioneers Association’s Hall of Fame Committee.
 
The awards ceremony took place during the association’s Summer Conference and awards banquet in Helen, Georgia, on Aug. 18, 2018, and came as a complete surprise to Williamson.
 
Williamson is a veteran auctioneer with over 23 years of experience. His expertise as a REALTOR & auctioneer is evident in his clear upbeat bid-calling, interspersed with entertaining commentary that keeps the audience alert. His events are effective for seller goals of obtaining top market value, as well as relaxing, informative and even fun for the crowd.
 
His professional career began at 21 after attending UGA. After teaching at a local middle school, Sam founded his Lock & Key business in Athens. It is now celebrating over 45 years in business. After becoming a REALTOR and auctioneer, he turned over operations of Clarke County Lock & Key to his brother, Allen, in 1995 to devote his knowledge and expertise full time to his real estate and auctioning career.
 
“Being inducted into the Georgia Auctioneers Hall of Fame is a very significant honor,” said Col. Chuck Beam, Georgia Auctioneers Association, Hall of Fame Committee Chair.
 
Williamson is a worthy recipient of this award. His additional achievements and certifications include: Certified Auctioneers Institute, CAI, Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate, AARE, Graduate Personal Property Appraiser, GPPA, USPAP-certified (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) Expert Witness in the Courts, National Auctioneers Association, Georgia Auctioneers Association 2009, GA Bid Calling Champion, Athens Area Association of REALTORS Inaugural Hometown Hero – August, 2014, Athens Area Association of REALTORS Good Neighbor Award – 2013, Chairman of the Board 2003 – 2004, President 2002 – 2003, Georgia Auctioneers Association, served on board of directors total of 10 years.
 
Sam Williamson and his team can be contacted by phone at 706-202-2685 or visit his website at www.samwillauction.com for additional information.
 
About Georgia Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame Committee:
Georgia Auctioneers Association – Hall of Fame Committee reviews nominations made by GAA members and Georgia auctioneers for induction into the Hall of Fame. Many Hall of Fame members were past presidents and GAA members who dedicated time and energy to the auction industry in the state of Georgia. Contact us if you have a Hall of Fame member and our committee can provide information about the nomination process. Any new Hall of Fame members voted and agreed upon by our Hall of Fame Committee are introduced at our Summer Conference, which is generally in August.

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Contact: Marjorie Dykes, Ga. Manufacturing Alliance

770-338-0051

Fifth annual People of Manufacturing Awards presented at 2018 Georgia Manufacturing Summit

Atlanta, GA – The Georgia Manufacturing Summit hosted the 5th Annual People of Manufacturing Awards on October 10, 2018 at the Cobb Galleria. These awards honored the people that exhibit excellence on a daily basis and have gone above and beyond to better their organization’s manufacturing operations.

“The People of Manufacturing Awards are designed to bring exposure and recognition to these leaders that not only perform operational excellence, but are also involved in community service,” said Jason Moss, CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. “We are excited to announce the winners for 2018.”

Team Operational Excellence

Adient in West Point, GA

The winner for Team Operational Excellence was the High Performance Team (HPT) at Adient in West Point. In 2017, with the full engagement of the hourly workforce, the plant achieved outstanding improvements in terms of safety, quality, delivery and cost. This plant has become the “go and see” plant for HPT activities, hosting plant managers and HPT leads from all other plants, including those outside our business unit. Early successes driven by HPT include record level TUMS (Outbound Trailer Utilization), record low scrap levels, greater than 95% average monthly closure rate on ELPA (electronic layered process audit) findings and a 50% decrease in absenteeism. The West Point plant is very active in the community, supporting the local food bank, a local nursing home, and Christmas and birthdays for 40 children in a local boys and girls home.

 

Team Safety Award

Scientific Games in Alpharetta, GA

The winner of the Team Safety Award was Scientific Games, a global gaming entertainment company with its largest lottery instant game manufacturing facility located in Alpharetta, GA.   Over the last three years, Scientific Games’ safety culture has made impressive advancements to reduce incidents and provide a safer manufacturing workplace. Evidence that the safety protocols have been effective at Scientific Games can be seen in the reduction of the number of recordable incident reports over the last two years, which has allowed the facility to fall within the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) classification of “world class safety”.

 

Plant Manager Award

Jason Harden of Sunny Delight Beverages in Atlanta, GA

The winner for the Plant Manager Award was Jason Harden who serves as Site Operation Manager for Sunny Delight Beverages. Mr. Harden has 10 plus years of experience in manufacturing and maintenance systems with extensive knowledge in warehouse management. He is highly effective in team building and process improvements and recently served on the steering committee for the new Hot Fill Project Installation. In addition, his innovations facilitated the site to produce new configurations for Costco on demand. He has developed processes to rapidly cross train technicians to increase capacity and flexibility. Jason is active in his community with feeding the homeless and working with the Gateway Foundation and Hope House.

 

Front Line Supervisor Award

Elton Seton of KaMin in Sandersville, GA

The winner for Front Line Supervisor Award was Elton Seton who is the Production Supervisor at KaMin LLC. He is an experienced reliability engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the mining & metals-nonmetals industry. Skilled in AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Root Cause Analysis, Preventative Maintenance, Project Engineering, and Process Optimization, he is a strong operations professional with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Georgia Southern University. His first role at KaMin was a maintenance reliability engineer where he transformed the way KaMin processes machine reliability data across their three plants in GA. His community service includes building beds for needy families in Augusta, donating time to help the less fortunate, and servicing as a volunteer at every charitable event that the KaMin hosts.

Charlie Post, the CEO of TSI Solutions, was designated as the Awards Chairman and was responsible for appointing a panel of judges to select the winners. “The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance was established to promote, connect and educate manufacturers across the state,” said Mr. Post. “In support of that mission, the People of Manufacturing Awards was established to recognize the hard work, talents, and achievements of those individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to their company, their co-workers, and the Georgia manufacturing community.”

The Georgia Manufacturing Summit is produced by The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA). GMA is a membership-based industry organization founded in 2008 to support Georgia’s manufacturing community. GMA provides monthly plant tours, educational sessions, tradeshows, and unique networking opportunities designed to help make profitable business connections for its members. The Georgia Manufacturing Directory, Georgia Manufacturing Calendar and BuyFromGA.com are additional resources produced by GMA. To learn more about the organization, membership, and upcoming events, please call 770-338-0051 or visit their website http://www.GeorgiaManufacturingAlliance.com.

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Contact: Joy Crosby, Georgia Peanut Commission, 229-386-3690

Georgia Peanut Commission Hurricane Michael update: Impact on Georgia peanut industry

Growers and buying points assessing peanut crop

TIFTON, Ga – Hurricane Michael devastated Georgia agriculture during the most inopportune time; harvest season for many agricultural commodities. One of those commodities included peanuts, where 50 percent of the crop had been harvested. The remaining 50 percent is yet to be harvested as crop conditions deteriorate and damaged peanut buying points struggle to regain power to dry and grade the peanuts. Many unknowns remain about the devastation of the 2018 Georgia peanut crop.

The Georgia Peanut Commission has been meeting with federal and state officials discussing the current state of the peanut crop and impact on peanut infrastructure. Although it is too early to estimate the financial impact of the disaster, the GPC, working with state and federal officials, will determine as best possible the impact on growers and the industry’s infrastructure once the peanut crop is harvested.

“Hurricane Michael for peanut farmers is still an invisible problem in some locations, because we have peanuts in the ground that haven’t been dug yet and major infrastructure issues with buying points not being able to dry the peanuts or grade them,” says Don Koehler, GPC executive director.

According to the Oct. 15, 2018, crop condition index report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service, the crop condition index for Georgia peanuts dropped 12 percent since the hurricane came through.

“This is the largest decline in the crop condition index over the past years,” says Stanley Fletcher, professor of policy at the Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

“It’s really too early to tell the exact loss the peanut industry may face,” says Scott Monfort, University of Georgia Extension agronomist for peanuts. “There are a lot of factors in play to determine the estimated loss due to delayed harvest in areas where farmers can’t get into the field or issues with infrastructure at peanut buying points where peanuts can’t be dried or graded without power.”

Farmers like Tim Burch of Baker County, Georgia, have not been able to harvest their entire crop. Burch has only been able to harvest 100 of his 600 acres of peanuts.

“This year’s near perfect crop has been nearly destroyed,” Burch says. “The infrastructure has been crippled and if buying points can’t operate, then farmers can’t get back in the field to harvest their crop. We need fair weather for a month so we can get in the remainder of the peanut crop.”

Decatur County farmer Andy Bell agrees with Burch and adds that it is difficult for farmers to get back in the field while they survey the severely injured peanut plants and wonder what type of yield remains below the ground.

“Many of the late planted peanuts are showing vine damage with loss of leaves on the vine and the remaining vine turning yellow,” Bell says. “Simply put, nutrient to the plant is not happening.”

Bell adds, many farmers had to make a choice prior to the hurricane and combine what they had dug under terrible circumstances including wet field conditions. He estimates an average loss of 1,000 pounds per acre in fields harvested prior to the hurricane. Bell says, it remains to be seen the loss following the hurricane from loose shelled kernels, debris in the field and peanut grade, which ultimately lowers the price the farmer receives.

“The process of getting our food from the farmer’s field into our consumers’ hands encompasses a variety of components that often go unnoticed,” says Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black. “Our farmers depend on these resources and infrastructures to be operational, so they can finish the job they started. We are actively working to assist our partners in repairing damages and regaining power, so the agricultural community can continue with the important task in hand.”

Long time buying point operator, Wesley Powell, owner of Dollar Brothers, Inc. in Decatur County, Georgia, is devastated by the damage.

“In my 30 years of operating Dollar Brothers, this is by far the worst I’ve ever seen and the only insurance claim I have filed in 30 years,” he says. “We had extensive damage to the peanut drying facility and peanut warehouse.”

Powell adds, farmers in his area are slowly getting back into the fields and delivering peanuts to his buying point. He is using generators at this time to dry and grade the peanuts as they are delivered, but it is a slow process compared to normal conditions.

The GPC encourages farmers to attend an upcoming Georgia Farm Service Agency Agriculture Disaster Assistance Meeting scheduled for Monday, Oct. 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center. Representatives from the USDA FSA, National Resources Conservation Service, Rural Development and Risk Management Agency will be available to provide updates and information regarding disaster programs available for farmers affected by Hurricane Michael.

The GPC plans to continue working with state and federal officials on disaster assistance for growers and industry. As more information becomes available, updates will be added to the GPC website at www.gapeanuts.com.

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Contact: Andy Lucas, Georgia Farm Bureau, 478-474-0679, ext. 5237

GFB Foundation collecting donations to aid hurricane victims

The Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) Foundation for Agriculture is accepting tax-deductible monetary donations to help Hurricane Michael victims recover from the storm. All donations made to the GFB Foundation’s Hurricane Michael Relief Fund will be given to Georgians, farmers and ranchers who suffered losses to the storm.

Hurricane Michael hit farmers across South and Central Georgia hard damaging row crops, pecan orchards, vegetable crops, poultry houses, farm equipment and barns. Storm damage wasn’t limited to agriculture as Michael also left homes and automobiles damaged or destroyed, and people homeless.

“With Hurricane Michael making landfall last week, the damage Georgia has experienced will leave a lasting effect on our state. As we continue to assess damage, Georgia Farm Bureau is on the ground to help begin the recovery and rebuilding process for Georgians impacted by this tragedy,” GFB President Gerald Long said. “While debris can be cleared away and structures rebuilt, we must continue to pray for the farmers who have lost entire crops, poultry houses, farm equipment and livestock.”

University of Georgia pecan experts have made an early estimate that Hurricane Michael cost Georgia pecan growers 40 to 50 percent of this year’s crop. Many mature pecan trees were uprooted, which will cost growers future production as it takes seven to ten years for a new tree to produce nuts.

According to the Georgia Cotton Commission, cotton growers are reporting crop losses from 25 to 100 percent, depending on their location. Damage to Georgia’s peanut crop is hard to estimate this early due to the crop being in various stages of harvest when Michael hit. Power loss and structure damage to facilities where peanuts are bought and graded could also impact the crop.  The Georgia Department of Agriculture reports that 92 poultry houses were destroyed and vegetable crops in hard-hit areas are a total loss.

Donations can be made online via credit card by visiting gfb.ag/stormrelief. Donations made by check should be made out to the Georgia Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and specified for the Hurricane Michael Relief Fund in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to:

Georgia Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture

Hurricane Michael Relief Fund

Attn: David Jolley

P.O. Box 7068

Macon, Ga. 31209

Donors who contribute $250 or more must receive an acknowledgement from the GFB Foundation in order to deduct the gift as a charitable donation on their federal income tax return. Donors should provide the GFB Foundation with a return address at the time donations are made to receive an acknowledgement. Please contact stormrelief@gfb.org with monetary donation questions or call 478-474-8411 ext. 5142.

About Georgia Farm Bureau

Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the largest general farm organization in Georgia. It works to connect consumers with agriculture and offers its members a wide variety of benefits, including insurance, but enrollment in any of the member benefits is optional and not a requirement for membership.

About GFB Foundation for Agriculture

The GFB Foundation for Agriculture funds activities to educate students and consumers about how farmers grow their food. It also funds scholarships for students pursuing careers in agriculture.

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Contact: Taylor Sills, Georgia Cotton Commission, 478-988-4235

 
Note: Photos of crop damage are available by contacting Sills.

Hurricane Michael devastates Georgia cotton crop

On the afternoon/night of October 10th and the early hours of October 11th, Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc on southwest, central, and parts of east Georgia and took an exceptional toll on Georgia’s agricultural economy, especially the cotton crop. Producers are reporting losses anywhere from 25% to a total loss, depending on location in the state, as well as structural and equipment losses and damage.

Official reports of losses will be coming in the coming weeks as University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service personnel collect data. It is however, without question that losses will be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Losses will extend well beyond the farm, as cotton gins, other agribusinesses, and rural communities will feel the ripples of Hurricane Michael’s aftermath for years to come.

Producers are encouraged to document damage and losses before, during, and after cleanup as well as financial records of cleanup, repair, etc., as assistance and crop insurance may take some time. Industry leadership has been in touch with officials in Washington and Atlanta describing the effects of the storm.

The Georgia Cotton Commission is a producer-funded organization located in Perry, Georgia. The Commission began in 1965. Georgia cotton producers pay an assessment enabling the Commission to invest in programs of research, promotion, and education on behalf of all cotton producers of Georgia. For more information about this and other topics please call 478-988-4235 or visit us on the web at www.georgiacottoncommission.org.

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Contact: Steve Rodgers, Servants Task Force, 478-960-5838

Veterans organization raffling vehicle to support restoration of Conyers park

A veterans support organization is offering a brand-new car or truck in a raffle to support rebuilding a Conyers park dedicated to veterans.

Servants Task Force is promoting its “Ride 4 WALK OF HEROES/Veterans War Memorial” to raise money for the Walk of Heroes/Veterans Memorial Park in Conyers.

The park was vandalized in an incident last December. Located by Black Shoals Lake in Rockdale County, the park is dedicated to the service and sacrifice of the men and women who fought during our nation’s wars and conflicts, and to the families of those who were killed in action.

Statues in the park that were built to honor soldiers, sailors and airmen were destroyed, and plaques were stolen from the site.

Servants Task Force is trying to raise $200,000 to restore and replace the items that were ruined in the memorial park. The organization wants the park to again “become a place for all those who served or had a family member, friend or associate in life who served to go and take in its beauty and history so that generations of children and Americans can aspire to their greatness,” said Steve Rodgers, CEO of Servants Task Force.

Tickets to the drawing are $25 each for the grand prize is selection of one of these three Chevrolet vehicles: a 2018 Camaro LT, a 2018 Traverse or a 2018 Silverado. Second prize is a set of five to 10 autographed “Collectors Series” University of Georgia football helmets, with tickets costing $10.

Tickets can be bought at www.walkofheroes.org. Click on the “Ride 4 Walk” tab. Donations can also be accepted at the site. Servants Task Force is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and donations are tax deductible.

For more information, call Rodgers at 478-960-5838 or email hotrod31014@hotmail.com.

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Contact: Thomas E. Smith, 864-579-4433, tom_rep@bellsouth.net

South Carolina publisher reissues five Georgia county histories

The Reprint Company Publishers, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, has recently reissued its earlier printings of county histories for Baldwin, Dougherty, Lowndes, Charlton and Pike counties. These books were originally published in the early 1900s and were first reprinted by the Spartanburg publisher in 1978. Those books have been out of print for a number of years. These latest reprints are hardback books printed on archival quality paper and are now in a Print On Demand format.

The titles are “History of Baldwin County, Georgia” (1925) by Mrs. Anna Maria Green Cook; “History and Reminiscences of Dougherty County, Georgia” (1924) by the Thronateeska Chapter, DAR; “History of Lowndes County, Georgia, 1825-1941” (1942) by the General James Jackson Chapter, DAR; “History of Charlton County” (1932) by Alex S. McQueen; and “History of Pike County, Georgia, 1822-1912” (1948?) by Lizzie R. Mitchell.

As was typical of county histories during this time, the books include many county records, census records, and military records and rosters. There are biographies and sketches of the early settlers of the counties and material taken from journals and memories of people involved in the early settlement of the areas. Information is provided on the cultural, political, religious, educational, and economic events and trends during the years.

Altogether, these books represent over 1800 pages of early Georgia historical and genealogical material. To facilitate use of these volumes, new indexes were prepared and included in each book.

The books are available from The Reprint Company Publishers, P.O. Box 5401, Spartanburg SC 29304. Complete descriptive and ordering information for each title can be found on the company’s website, www.reprintcompany.com, or by contacting them at (864) 579-4433.

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Contact: Amy Henderson

678-686-6226

City, county leaders hold first-ever joint meeting of policy-making committees 

ATHENS — The policy-making bodies of GMA and ACCG met for the first time on Wednesday, Sept. 12 to discuss issues cities and counties have in common and how local leaders can work together to solve problems.

In an all-day session facilitated by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia, the city and county leaders identified common issues such as infrastructure funding, the opioid crisis and economic development.

“City and county officials serve the same people,” said GMA Legislative Policy Council Chairman Phil Best, mayor of Dublin and GMA First Vice President. “It benefits the taxpayers for city and county leaders to work together on as many issues as possible. And where we do have differences, we need to have strong relationships that let us work through those problems with respect and consideration for each other’s viewpoints.”

“ACCG’s work with our partners at the Georgia Municipal Association extends back decades but hosting the first-ever joint meeting between our respective policy councils is something that we believe will provide a significant benefit to counties and cities throughout the state,” said Oglethorpe County Chairman Billy Pittard who serves as Chair of ACCG’s Policy Council. “County and city officials have shared constituencies and face similar challenges when trying to provide services with limited or non-existent resources. Working together on mutual areas of concern will allow us to have a unified voice when lobbying on behalf of those we were elected to serve.”

“The strength of local government is dependent upon the collaborative efforts between all of its leaders and the entities they represent,” said ACCG President and Harris County Chairman Harry Lange. “The collaboration between ACCG and GMA on key policy issues is a true representation of that strength and, ultimately, the solid foundation that supports Georgia’s vibrant communities. I am excited about the future of our two organizations, both with new executive directors, and the benefits the citizens of the cities and counties of Georgia will reap from the cooperative efforts of ACCG and GMA.”

“Too often, the focus is on the issues that divide us,” said GMA Second Vice President Vince Williams, mayor of Union City. “This meeting reminded us of all the things we have in common, and how, by working together, we can accomplish many things for the betterment of Georgia.”

Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to its 521 member cities.

ACCG is a nonprofit instrumentality of Georgia’s county governments. Formed in 1914 with 19 charter county members, today ACCG serves as the consensus building, training and legislative organization for all 159 county governments in the state.

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Contact: Neisha McGee, 404-223-2493, gmcgee@gachamber.com

Alex Coffey, 404-223-2263, acoffey@gachamber.com

Christina Tuck, 404-223-2272, ctuck@gachamber.com

Georgia Chamber named State Chamber of the Year

ATLANTA– September 13, 2018- The Council of State Chambers, (COSC) named the Georgia Chamber of Commerce the 2018 State Chamber of Year at its annual award ceremony held in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“I am proud to say for the second year the Georgia Chamber has been named Chamber of the Year by two accrediting organizations. Our success is the result of hard work and dedication of our investors, Governmental Affairs Council, Board Members, local chambers and staff who have been instrumental in our efforts to strengthen our organization and represent the state of Georgia as the largest business advocacy organization.”

The State Chamber of the Year recognizes member-chambers who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and measurable success over the course of the last year, legislative session, or election cycle in areas of achievement including, Public Policy, Political Engagement, Membership and Development, Best Communications Program, and Membership Services. The selection of the State Chamber of the Year is a thoroughly vetted, three-stage process consisting of application review, finalists interview, and awards ceremony in which finalists and recipients are selected by a panel of three experienced chamber professionals.

The Georgia Chamber was recognized for the success of their current 8 for 18 initiative, which serves as a statewide prosperity agenda and nonpartisan resource that seeks to inform elected officials, political candidates, and voters on a series of policy recommendations and issue areas that are critical to Georgia’s economic future. The Chamber has successfully used this 8 for 18 platform to showcase their top priorities for 2018, statewide endorsements, and candidate assessments taken by candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Secretary of State.

The annual State Chamber of the Year award highlights innovative initiatives and best practices that advance state chamber’s mission and efforts to provide deserved recognition to state chambers and their leaders who have distinguished themselves by providing exceptional services and results for their members and communities.

For more information on the Georgia Chambers 8 for 18 initiative, visit www.8for18.com.

About the Georgia Chamber of Commerce

As the state’s largest business organization, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce represents investors in every county of our state with a diverse cross-section of over 500 industry sectors. Our membership includes both small storefronts and large corporations-no matter the size or type of business, we provide proactive policy, aggressive advocacy and meaningful investor services that impact your bottom line. Our number one mission is keeping, growing and creating jobs to make Georgia a better state for business. We work to ensure economic competitiveness, innovative solutions to challenges that state faces, and a commitment to high quality of life.  The Georgia Chamber serves as a partner for local chambers across the state. While we have many of the same goals, the Georgia Chamber focuses on statewide issues that impact Georgia’s entire business community.

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Contact: Neisha McGee, 404-223-2493, gmcgee@gachamber.com

Georgia Chamber announces launch of the Georgia Screen Entertainment Coalition

ATLANT(September 12, 2018) | Today, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of the Georgia Screen Entertainment Coalition (GSEC), a statewide advocacy group focused on ensuring the long-term viability and success of Georgia’s screen entertainment industry.

“The founding members of GSEC represent Georgia’s top industry and private sector leaders, coming together in a unique collaboration with Georgia’s deep crew base, united by their commitment to protect and promote the screen entertainment industry in our state,” said Chris Clark, President & CEO of the Georgia Chamber. “With the incredible economic impact this industry has on our state, we’re proud to introduce GSEC as the unified, cohesive voice of the industry at the Capitol.”

“Georgia’s screen entertainment industry has become one of the most competitive in the world, thanks in large part to the leadership of Governor Deal and the General Assembly,” said Frank Patterson, GSEC Chair and President of Pinewood Atlanta Studios. “GSEC’s ultimate goal is to serve as the expert resource for policymakers as they steward the state’s successful tax credit program and develop legislation that will impact this industry and our partners.”

GSEC will advocate for policies that strengthen infrastructure and support workforce development within the screen entertainment industry. GSEC will also serve as a voice and resource for the Georgia owned and operated local businesses who provide services and products to the industry. “We’re proud to be part of the leadership shaping the future of this industry in Georgia,” said Steve Mensch, Vice-Chair of GSEC and President and General Manager of Studio Operations at Tyler Perry Studios. “The scale of private investment in production infrastructure in Georgia is indicative of the enormous potential for additional job creation and positive economic impact for all Georgians.”

GSEC seeks to educate policymakers and the general public about the tax credits that have made Georgia a very cost-effective and popular location for film, television, and digital media production. Bolstered by the 2008 Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act, Georgia earned the nation’s number one spot for feature film production and is currently number two in the world. The record 455 film and television productions shot in Georgia during FY 2018 represent a total economic impact of $9.5 billion, and $2.7 billion in direct spending.

The screen entertainment industry has contributed to the relocation or expansion of more than 300 new businesses within the state since 2010. Other media platforms such as eSports, video game development, digital animation, virtual reality/augmented reality, and mobile app development continue to round out and contribute to the overall success of Georgia’s screen entertainment industry.

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The Georgia Screen Entertainment Coalition (GSEC) is the state’s leading advocate for film, television, and digital entertainment production at the Georgia state Capitol. An affiliate of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, GSEC advocates for public policy that positively impacts theentertainment industry, as well as the Georgia-grown businesses that serve the industry. GSEC’s 24 founding members represent the broad business and entertainment ecosystem.

The Executive Committee includes: Atlanta Metro Studios, Blackhall Studios, Georgia Chamber, IATSE Local 479, Pinewood Atlanta Studios & Tyler Perry Studios.

Members Include: Bento Box Entertainment, Cinelease, Columbus GA Film Commission, DeltaAirlines, Floyd County Productions, the Georgia Department of Economic Development- Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, (ex officio), Georgia Film Academy (ex officio), Georgia Game Developers Association, Georgia Film Tax Credit Fund, Georgia Power, Greenberg Traurig, Herc Entertainment Rentals, Lightnin Rentals, MBS Equipment Company, the Savannah Area Film Office, Synovus, Teamsters- Local 728, and Turner Broadcasting.

GSEC invites businesses, both directly and indirectly serving Georgia’s entertainment industry to join as a partner and fellow advocate at the Georgia State Capitol. For a full list of the founding members and additional information about GSEC leadership and advocacy efforts, visit www.GSEcoalition.com or contact Kelsey Moore, Executive Director, Georgia Screen Entertainment Coalition at kmoore@GSEcoalition.com.

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Contact: Neisha McGee, 404-223-2493, gmcgee@gachamber.com

Alex Coffey, 404-223-2263, acoffey@gachamber.com

Christina Tuck, 404-223-2272, ctuck@gachamber.com

Georgia Chamber of Commerce: 8 for 18 Infrastructure Op-Ed

It’s no secret that the state of Georgia is the transportation hub of the Southeast. Atlanta was founded as the terminus of the Western and Atlantic railroad and the state’s transportation leadership legacy is clear: we now boast the world’s busiest airport; the fourth busiest port in the U.S.; the largest rail network in the Southeast; and the 12th largest air cargo hub in North America. Additionally, 80 percent of the U.S. population is within a two-day truck drive and Georgia interstates facilitate the movement of more than $620 billion of cargo each year.

Over the last decade, that momentum has increased dramatically as Georgia leaders have advanced important legislation to improve infrastructure. Since 2012, thirteen counties and four regions have passed local transportation project funding referenda to repair and expand local infrastructure.  In 2015, Governor Nathan Deal signed the Transportation Funding Act to provide predictable and sustainable revenue for the repair and maintenance of statewide roads and bridges. In May 2018, Governor Deal also signed legislation into law creating the Atlanta Region Transit Link Authority creating integrated transit planning for the 13- county Metro Atlanta area and opportunities for those counties to raise funds through transportation local optional sales taxes. Over the last eight years under the leadership of Governor Deal, Speaker David Ralston, and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, the state has invested almost $300 million in the Savannah Harbor deepening project.

However, our state is growing – rapidly. By 2030, Georgia will experience an estimated 60% growth in port traffic; 16% energy demand growth; and 1.4 million more cars on our roads. Georgia’s population will grow by 19% and flights through Hartsfield Jackson International Airport will increase by 130,000.

Clearly, Georgia leaders must prioritize investment in infrastructure to keep up with this growth and remain competitive. Investments are needed to expand our freight and logistics network by completing the Savannah Harbor deepening project; improve the Port of Brunswick; expand Hartsfield Jackson International Airport cargo capacities; and build a plan to expand all our statewide freight assets. The expansion of broadband technologies is essential to economic development, health care, education, and public safety. Providing solutions that lead to improved economic opportunities including critical infrastructure needs that increase access to broadband, continues to be a priority for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.  As the quality of life and business climate are directly impacted by broadband connectivity, we must be intentional in our efforts to create an effective and sustainable solution in expanding broadband deployment.

We also must encourage infrastructure development through streamlining the regulatory framework and market-based incentives. Georgia can’t afford to be grounded by lagging infrastructure. Companies depend on the ability to move their products efficiently through the state. When businesses thrive, opportunities for employment and improved quality of life will abound for citizens.

It is also critical that people are able to move efficiently throughout our great state. There must be increased focus on growing and developing transit networks statewide. Strategic plans that include benchmarks for predictable commutes for commuters and job access for consumers must be developed and maintained to strategically prioritize investments. Georgia must increase mobility by driving down congestion, allowing individuals to spend more time at work, school, and home with their families.

Building and maintaining modern infrastructure is more than transportation. The state of Georgia must modernize investments in energy infrastructure to include a diverse mix of sustainable, reliable and affordable sources. Additionally, Georgia must continue to fund water management and conservation efforts to ensure long-term, statewide quality water access. Our state must have the necessary resources to support growth of existing businesses, attract new businesses and increase economic opportunities for Georgians.

Georgia has been named the number one state in the nation in which to do business for five consecutive years. To further this success, our state must prioritize investments in infrastructure that increase opportunities for mobility for Georgians. Put simply, infrastructure investment equals economic opportunity, and opportunity should define Georgia’s future.

This is the second in a series of eight opinion pieces by Chris Clark, President & CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, on the Georgia Chamber’s 8 for ‘18 initiative. For more information on these issues and to see how candidates for statewide office responded to the Georgia Chamber questionnaire, visit 8for18.com

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