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For Immediate Release

Feb. 20, 2024

CONTACT: Megan Estes
770-823-3936
media@georgia811.com

‘Call Before You Dig’ Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary in Georgia

Georgia 811 remembers its history with several tributes planned for 2024

[Duluth, GA] (February 19, 2024) —2024 marks Georgia 811’s 50th Anniversary. With the mission to promote safety and prevent utility damage, Georgia 811 will celebrate the occasion with various events, initiatives, and tributes to remind stakeholders and the general public of the importance of contacting 811 before digging.

In 1968, a tragic natural gas incident claimed the lives of several people at a daycare in Hapeville, Georgia. Georgia 811, originally doing business as the Utilities Protection Center, was formed in response. Housed at BellSouth, seven founding members including Atlanta Gas Light, BellSouth, Georgia Power, Colonial/Plantation/Transco Pipelines and Clayton County Water Authority began the process of creating a call center to help coordinate the locating of underground utility lines when digging was to occur in seven metro Atlanta counties. In 1974, the first locate tickets were processed.

Fifty years later, Georgia 811 now has over 850 utility members and processes more than 1.3 million tickets annually. Georgia 811 continues to provide notification services and educational resources to promote damage prevention of underground utility lines.

Homeowners, landscapers, and professional excavators are all encouraged to contact Georgia 811, either online or by dialing 811, at least three business days prior to digging. After submitting a ticket, Georgia 811 notifies the appropriate utility companies of the intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested dig site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with spray paint. Once lines have been accurately marked, digging can begin around marked lines.

Georgia 811 will debut a video tribute to the victims of the 1968 Hapeville accident during their 2024 Damage Prevention Summits. Summits will be held at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center on September 19, at the Braselton Civic Center on October 3, and at the Dalton Convention Center on November 7. Detailed information and registration will be available on the Georgia 811 website, Georgia811.com, beginning in July.


For Immediate Release

Feb. 14, 2024

CONTACT: Georgia Power Media Relations
404-506-7676 or 800-282-1696

Vogtle Unit 4 reaches initial criticality

First nuclear reaction safely initiated marks latest step prior to generation of electricity

ATLANTA – February 14, 2024 – Georgia Power announced today that Unit 4 at the Vogtle nuclear expansion project near Waynesboro, Georgia, has safely reached initial criticality. Initial criticality is a key step during the startup testing sequence and demonstrates that — for the first time — operators have safely started the nuclear reaction inside the second reactor. This means atoms are being split and nuclear heat is being made, which will be used to produce steam.

A reactor achieves criticality when the nuclear fission reaction becomes self-sustaining. Achieving initial criticality is necessary to continue the startup of the unit in order to generate sufficient heat for the production of electricity. Vogtle Unit 4 continues with startup testing, which demonstrates the integrated operation of the primary coolant system and steam supply system at design temperature and pressure with fuel inside the reactor. These tests are designed to ensure all systems are operating together and to validate operating procedures prior to declaration of commercial operation.

Now that the Unit 4 reactor has reached criticality, operators will continue to raise power to support synchronizing the generator to the electric grid and begin producing electricity. Then, operators will continue increasing power through multiple steps, ultimately raising power to 100 percent.

Vogtle Unit 3 entered commercial operation on July 31, 2023, (read more) and is providing safe, reliable, emission-free energy to Georgia today. The in-service date for Unit 4 is projected during the second quarter of 2024.

The new Vogtle units are an essential part of Georgia Power’s commitment to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy to its 2.7 million customers. When operating, each of the new units can produce enough electricity to power an estimated 500,000 homes and businesses. Southern Nuclear will operate the new units on behalf of the co-owners: Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities.

About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company’s promise to 2.7 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is recognized by J.D. Power as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower),Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain information contained in this release is forward-looking information based on current expectations and plans that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking information includes, among other things, statements concerning the projected in-service date for Plant Vogtle Unit 4. Georgia Power cautions that there are certain factors that can cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information that has been provided. The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance on this forward-looking information, which is not a guarantee of future performance and is subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of Georgia Power; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such suggested results will be realized. The following factors, in addition to those discussed in Georgia Power’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, and subsequent securities filings, could cause actual results to differ materially from management expectations as suggested by such forward-looking information: the ability to control costs and avoid cost and schedule overruns during the development, construction, and operation of facilities or other projects, including Plant Vogtle Unit 4, which includes components based on new technology that only within the last several years began initial operation in the global nuclear industry at this scale, due to current and/or future challenges which include, but are not limited to, changes in labor costs, availability and productivity, challenges with the management of contractors or vendors, subcontractor performance, adverse weather conditions, shortages, delays, increased costs, or inconsistent quality of equipment, materials, and labor, contractor or supplier delay, the impacts of inflation, delays due to judicial or regulatory action, nonperformance under construction, operating, or other agreements, operational readiness, including specialized operator training and required site safety programs, engineering or design problems or any remediation related thereto, design and other licensing-based compliance matters, challenges with start-up activities, including major equipment failure, or system integration, and/or operational performance, challenges related to pandemic health events, continued public and policymaker support for projects, environmental and geological conditions, delays or increased costs to interconnect facilities to transmission grids, and increased financing costs as a result of changes in interest rates or as a result of project delays; the ability to overcome or mitigate the current challenges, or challenges yet to be identified, at Plant Vogtle Unit 4, that could further impact the cost and schedule for the project; under certain specified circumstances, a decision by holders of more than 10% of the ownership interests of Plant Vogtle Unit 4 not to proceed with construction; the ability to construct facilities in accordance with the requirements of permits and licenses (including satisfaction of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirements), to satisfy any environmental performance standards and the requirements of tax credits and other incentives, and to integrate facilities into the Southern Company system upon completion of construction; the inherent risks involved in operating and constructing nuclear generating facilities; the ability of counterparties of Georgia Power to make payments as and when due and to perform as required; the direct or indirect effect on Georgia Power’s business resulting from cyber intrusion or physical attack and the threat of cyber and physical attacks; catastrophic events such as fires, earthquakes, explosions, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and other storms, droughts, pandemic health events, political unrest, wars or other similar occurrences; and the direct or indirect effects on Georgia Power’s business resulting from incidents affecting the U.S. electric grid or operation of generating or storage resources. Georgia Power expressly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking information.


For Immediate Release

Feb. 10, 2024

CONTACT: National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force
Dawn Brosnan, 912-988-1847, dbrosnan@mightyeighth.org

Maximum Effort/Groundbreaking ceremony at The National Museum of Mighty Eighth Air Force

Thursday, February 15, 2024, at 11:00 am

Chatham County, GA – The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is taking off with Phase II of its capital campaign, Maximum Effort. On Thursday, February 15th at 11:00 am, the museum will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony for the 20,000 square-foot addition to the museum. This multi-million-dollar visionary project aims to expand and enhance the museum’s existing spaces, providing visitors with a state-of-the-art experience that will engage them by transporting them back in time to the heroic days of World War II.

The museum’s unparalleled collection of Eighth Air Force material history will now be even more accessible to the public, continuing our commitment to saving and sharing the stories of Eighth Air Force veterans like never before. With the 20,000 sq. ft. expansion, this institution will continue to be a beacon of history for generations to come.

All are welcome to join The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force on this special day as the museum celebrates the beginning of a new chapter. 

About the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force

The Museum educates visitors about the character, courage, valor, and patriotism of the brave individuals who fought in the Eighth Air Force, the largest air armada in history. The Museum uses films, exhibits, artifacts, and archival materials to tell the stories of individuals who served in the Eighth Air Force. Their sacrifices made victory in World War II possible.

Museum highlights include a fully restored B-17 “Flying Fortress” and the multimedia “Mission Experience,” an immersive simulated bombing mission in a special theater utilizing actual combat footage.

The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is located at 175 Bourne Avenue, Pooler, GA. Operating hours are Tue-Sat 10 am – 5 pm; Sun, Noon – 5 pm. For more information, call (912) 748-8888 or www.mightyeighth.org.

Media Contact:

Dawn Brosnan

Director of Communications and Marketing

912.988.1847 | dbrosnan@mightyeighth.org


For Immediate Release

Feb. 5, 2023

CONTACT: Georgia Cotton Commission
Taylor Sills, 478-696-3781, taylor@georgiacotton.org

Georgia Cotton Commission Troubled by Arizona Court’s Dicamba Decision

On February 6th, the United States District Court for the District of Arizona vacated the registration of dicamba for over-the-top (OTT) use on dicamba-resistant cotton and soybeans.  In the ruling, the court found that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to meet regulatory requirements related to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).  While at present, the extent of this decision remains to be fully realized, the Georgia Cotton Commission is concerned by today’s ruling.  Georgia Cotton Commission Chairman Bart Davis, a cotton producer from Colquitt County, said, “the timing of this announcement is awful for the over 3,000 family cotton farmers in Georgia, as many have made or are making purchasing decisions that hinge on the availability of dicamba products as a tool for weed control and overall sustainability.  Once again, producers face regulatory confusion at the start of the cropping season.”  Davis later commented that dicamba products were a key part of a tool-chest of technologies and herbicide products that allow growers to effectively fight their greatest economic pests, palmer amaranth and morningglory, while cutting down on overall herbicide applications and carbon emissions and enabling climate-smart practices such as reduced tillage and cover cropping.

Since the latest dicamba technologies came on the market, Georgia cotton farmers have participated in a cooperative training effort called Using Pesticides Wisely that was developed and implemented by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service.  This program takes sound science and communicates the results of that science to farmers to help lower off-target movements of dicamba products and other pesticides.  Over 17,000 individuals have been trained as a part of this program, which has led to Georgia having among the lowest levels of off-target pesticide drift complaints in the country.

The Georgia Cotton Commission implores the EPA to expedite appeal of this ruling and to eliminate confusion by allowing the use of existing stocks of dicamba for the 2024 growing season.  This would be crucial to the overall economic viability of the cotton industry in Georgia and across the country in 2024, as high input process and comparatively low market prices combine to put pressure on farmers.

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 in Georgia.  For more information about this and other topics, please call (478) 988-4235 or visit www.georgiacottoncommission.org.


For Immediate Release

Feb. 5, 2023

CONTACT: Georgia Cotton Commission
Taylor Sills, 478-696-3781, taylor@georgiacotton.org

Georgia Cotton Commission’s 2024 Trustees Award Winners

The Georgia Cotton Commission’s Trustees’ Awards were presented at the 2024 Georgia Cotton Commission Annual Meeting January 31 in Tifton. The Trustees’ Awards are awarded to individuals who have dedicated themselves to the advancement of the cotton industry in Georgia. Producers, research and extension specialists and other cotton industry associates of high character and integrity who have given exceptional service to the cotton industry are eligible to receive this award.

The award was named after the Georgia Colonial Trustees who set out to create an agricultural colony to expedite agriculture productivity, which led to a ten acre “Trustee Garden” to display “modern” farming techniques. The Trustee Garden was established in 1734 in Savannah, Georgia. Many crops were experimented with that first year, but cotton was the crop that thrived and has been planted in Georgia every year since. Previous winners of the Trustees’ Awards include Louie Perry and Mike Lucas.

The recipients of this year’s Trustees’ Awards are Bob McLendon, Ronnie Lee and Chuck Coley.

Bob McLendon started farming in Calhoun County since 1974 and currently produces cotton, peanuts and corn outside of Leary. McLendon earned as associate degree from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and is a 1963 graduate of the University of Georgia.  He and his wife, Barbara, raised four daughters and have nine grandchildren.

Throughout his career, McLendon has been and remains extremely active with numerous agricultural organizations. He has served as chairman of the National Cotton Council, president of Southern Cotton Growers and the Calhoun County Farm Bureau, and a board member of his local FSA committee, Cotton Incorporated and countless other industry organizations. He has been president of Edison Gin Co-op and Sunshine Warehouse of Arlington, as well as many other agribusinesses that compliment his farming operation. He has also served on the ABAC and Darton College Foundations and remains very active in the local community. McLendon was named Sunbelt Farmer of the Year in 1999, ABAC Master Farmer in 1994, and is a recipient of the Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award and the Southern Cotton Growers Producer Recognition Award.

Ronnie Lee and his family operate Lee Farms in Bronwood. They raise cotton, corn, peanuts, small grains, hay, pecans, and cattle in Terrell, Lee, Sumter, and Webster Counties. Lee also is involved in multiple agribusinesses – including a cotton gin, McCleskey Cotton Company; an aerial application business; a trucking company; and a gin saw and machine shop operation. His three sons – Ron, Neil, and Chandler are all active within multiple parts of the operation.

Lee has along tenure of service to agriculture – having served as Chairman of the National Cotton Council; president of Southern Cotton Growers; and a former board member of Cotton Incorporated, the National Peanut Buying Points Association, and the American Peanut Shellers Association. He has served as a member of the Georgia FSA State Committee under both Republican and Democratic administrations.

He has received many accolades during this time, including the Cotton Achievement Award, the High Cotton Award, the Southern Cotton Growers Cotton Producer Recognition Award, local Soil Conservationist of the year, and others. Lee, an alumni of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, lives in Terrell County with his wife Sheila.

Chuck  Coley began managing his family farm at 23 when his father, Sonny Coley, passed. He now owns and operates Coley Farms, which grows cotton and peanuts, and Coley Gin & Fertilizer, a cotton gin and peanut buying point, in Dooly County. Coley is also a dedicated servant leader in the cotton industry, having served as Chairman of the National Cotton Council, American Cotton Producers, and the Cotton Foundation; president of the National Cotton Ginners Association, Southeastern Cotton Ginners Association, and Southern Peanut Warehouse Association.

Coley, who has degrees in Agronomy and Agricultural Economics from the University of Georgia, is a past winner of the Cotton Achievement Award and the Horace Harden National Ginner of the Year. He and his wife, Deby, have two adult children and three grandchildren.

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.

Georgia Cotton Commission Trustees’ Award recipients Ronnie Lee (second from left), Chuck Coley (center), and Bob McLendon (fourth from right) are joined by GCC Chairman Bart Davis (far right) and GCC Executive Director Taylor Sills (far left).


For Immediate Release

Feb. 5, 2024

CONTACT: National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force
Dawn Brosnan, 912-988-1847, dbrosnan@mightyeighth.org

The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force opens “Two Minutes to Midnight and the Architecture of Armageddon” on Feb. 6

Chatham County, GA –In 2018, the Doomsday Clock was set to two minutes to midnight, the closest it has ever been to striking midnight since the height of the Cold War in 1953 when both the United States and the Soviet Union tested thermonuclear weapons for the first time within ten months of each other. Today, while the Cold War’s lessons and fears have largely faded from our collective memory, it is critical to view a decidedly uncertain present through the lens of the past. Two Minutes to Midnight and the Architecture of Armageddon opens February 6th, 2024 at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force.

Through two photographic essays, photographers Jeanine Michna-Bales and Adam Reynolds offer a calculated look at the “Architecture of Armageddon,” both the offensive and defensive implications of nuclear war. These quiet architectural spaces, devoid of people, allow viewers to come face to face with present nuclear realities while also offering a look into the collective psyche of the American people during the Cold War.

Reynolds’s project, No Lone Zone, documents the offensive side of the Cold War through nuclear missile silos in the United States. It provides a contemplated look at the nuts and bolts of Mutually Assured Destruction, the MAD logic behind nuclear deterrence. Michna-Bales’s project, Fallout, delivers typological documentation of the defensive side through various shelters and propaganda across the United States, both private and public. These fallout shelters, endorsed through Civil Defense programs, in reality, offered little more than a government sponsored placebo to the American people, convincing them that something tangible was being done in the event of a nuclear holocaust.

This exhibition is aimed to spark curiosity and encourage discourse among audiences of all backgrounds as the works seek out places that are often hidden in plain sight. Two Minutes to Midnight and the Architecture of Armageddon is organized by ExhibitsUSA, a program of the Mid-America Arts Alliance.

About the Artists

Jeanine Michna-Bales is a fine artist working in the medium of photography. Her work explores the relationship between past events and their continued impact on contemporary society. She meticulously researches each topic—considering different viewpoints, causes and effects, and political climates—and often incorporates found or archival text into her projects. Her images have appeared in solo and group exhibitions around the United States.

Adam Reynolds is a documentary photographer whose work focuses on contemporary political conflict. He pursues visual research projects that balance photographic creativity with a journalist’s thematic fidelity. Reynolds has worked as a freelance photojournalist in the United States and the Middle East, where he lived in Israel/Palestine, Egypt, and Yemen. Reynolds’s photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad.

About ExhibitsUSA

This exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. ExhibitsUSA sends more than twenty-five exhibitions on tour to over 100 small and mid-sized communities every year. These exhibitions create access to an array of arts and humanities experiences, nurture the understanding of diverse cultures and art forms, and encourage the expanding depth and breadth of cultural life in local communities. For more about ExhibitsUSA, email MoreArt@maaa.org or visit www.eusa.org.

About Mid-America Arts Alliance

Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) strengthens and supports artists, cultural organizations, and communities throughout our region and beyond. Additional information about M-AAA is available at www.maaa.org.

About the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force

The Museum educates visitors about the character, courage, valor, and patriotism of the brave individuals who fought in the Eighth Air Force, the largest air armada in history. The Museum uses films, exhibits, artifacts, and archival materials to tell the stories of individuals who served in the Eighth Air Force. Their sacrifices made victory in World War II possible.

Museum highlights include a fully restored B-17 “Flying Fortress” and the multimedia “Mission Experience,” an immersive simulated bombing mission in a special theater utilizing actual combat footage.

The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is located at 175 Bourne Avenue, Pooler, GA. Operating hours are Tue-Sat 10 am – 5 pm, Sun, Noon – 5 pm. For more information, call (912) 748-8888 or www.mightyeighth.org.


For Immediate Release

Feb. 5, 2024

CONTACT: Georgia Power Media Relations
404-506-7676 or 800-282-1696

Georgia Power offers resources, safety tips during Severe Weather Preparedness Week Feb. 5-9

Company continues to invest in more reliant, resilient power grid

ATLANTA, Feb. 5, 2024 – During Georgia’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week, Feb. 5-9, Georgia Power is reinforcing its commitment to safety for its customers by offering severe weather safety tips and reminding customers to prepare now for severe weather – whenever it may strike.

Hosted by the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA), Severe Weather Preparedness Week focuses on preparing for spring weather, which may include thunderstorms, lightning, flooding, snow, ice and even tornadoes – all of which may cause power outages.

“At Georgia Power, we continue to invest in our power grid to make it more resilient and reliable, including new smart grid technologies, placing lines underground, updating substations and more,” said Georgia Power’s Storm Center Manager Jason Stott. “We prepare our crews every day to work safely under challenging conditions, maintaining trees and vegetation away from power lines and in many other ways, and encourage our customers to focus on preparation as well. We appreciate and support our partners at the NWS and GEMA in this campaign.”

Staying informed is most important during an emergency situation like a hurricane, tornado or severe thunderstorm. Georgia Power offers the following resources for customers to stay connected and informed.

Steps to Take This Week to Prepare for Severe Weather

  • Download the Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go.
  • Check Your Outage Alerts – Customers subscribed to our free Georgia Power Outage Alert service will receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
  • Get Familiar with the Outage & Storm Center – Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm, customers can visit this site to report and check the status of outages via the interactive Outage Map, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can also report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.
  • Follow @GeorgiaPower on X (Twitter) – Follow @GeorgiaPower on X for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.

When severe weather strikes, Georgia Power also encourages customers to have a plan in place and take the following precautions before, during and after a storm.

Before, During and After a Storm Safety Tips

  • Before a Storm: Stay aware, heed advice from officials, and check the weather forecast before heading outdoors. Check your emergency kit and family plan. Charge cell phones before the storm and unplug major appliances if you lose power.
  • During a Storm: Take safe shelter inside a sturdy building away from windows and doors. Avoid contact with conductors of electricity – appliances, metal objects and water.
  • After a Storm: Never touch any downed or low-hanging wire, including telephone or TV wires that touch a power line. Never pull tree limbs off of power lines yourself or enter flooded areas or those with debris or downed trees as downed power lines may be buried in wreckage or hidden under standing water. Customers should call 911 or Georgia Power immediately if they see a fallen or low-hanging power line.

About Georgia Power

Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company’s promise to 2.7 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is recognized by J.D. Power as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), X (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).


For Immediate Release

Jan. 31, 2024

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

Boddiford elected chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission

TIFTON, Ga. — Joe Boddiford, peanut farmer from Sylvania, Georgia, was elected chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission during the January monthly board meeting. This is Boddiford’s third consecutive term serving as chairman. He previously served as chairman in 2000.

“I look forward to working with Georgia peanut farmers and our industry partners to help enhance the peanut industry and the profitability of farmers,” Boddiford says. “Farmers can contact me at any time if they have suggestions for the work of the Georgia Peanut Commission on their behalf.”

Other officers elected during the board meeting include Donald Chase, Oglethorpe, Georgia, as vice chairman, and Rodney Dawson, Hawkinsville, Georgia, as treasurer. Additional board members include Tim Burch, Newton, Georgia, representing district 1 and Ross Kendrick, Sycamore, Georgia, representing district 2.

The Georgia peanut production area is divided into five districts based on acreage distribution and geographical location with one board member representing each district.

The Georgia Peanut Commission represents more than 4,500 peanut farm families in the state and conducts programs in the areas of research, promotion and education. For more information on the programs of the Georgia Peanut Commission, visit www.gapeanuts.com.


For Immediate Release

Jan. 31, 2024

CONTACT: Georgia Peanut Commission
Jessie Bland, 229-386-3472, jessie@gapeanuts.com

Peanut Leadership Academy Class XIII hosts first session

TIFTON, Ga. – Twenty-seven peanut growers and sheller representatives from across the Southeast, Arkansas, Texas and the Virginia-Carolina area began Class XIII of the Peanut Leadership Academy Jan. 8-11, 2024, in Savannah, Georgia. The Peanut Leadership Academy is hosted by the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and is a cooperative effort between Syngenta Crop Protection, the American Peanut Shellers Association and grower organizations. The program began in 1998 with the first class of 14 peanut growers from Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Since then, the academy has grown to include farmers from Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and sheller representatives.

Activities in the leadership program are structured to give participants a thorough understanding of the U.S. peanut industry. Throughout the course of 18 months and five sessions, program attendees participate in sessions ranging from field trips, meetings with industry leaders and professional development training, as well as one session in Washington, D.C., where class members have an opportunity to visit with members of Congress about issues affecting the peanut industry. During this time, class members build on leadership skills, discuss and debate key industry issues and build relationships.

During the first session, the class members participated in leadership team building skills, etiquette training and learned more about the entire peanut industry while joining the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation annual meeting. Participants in PLA Class XIII include: Cutchin Anderson, Tarboro, North Carolina; Eric Bailey, Waverly, Virginia; Emmanuel Bankston with Golden Peanut; Miles Birdsong with Birdsong Peanuts; Sean Brannen, Statesboro, Georgia; August Cassebaum, Lillian, Alabama; Jay Corte, Daphne, Alabama; Riley Davis, Parrott, Georgia; Garrett Dixon, Salem, Alabama; Heath Donner, Manila, Arkansas; Trevor Dyer with Sandy Land Peanut; Henry Froese, Seagraves, Texas; Lonnie Gilbert, Marianna, Florida; Chad Harris with Olam; Judson Hornsby, Iron City, Georgia; Douglas Jarrell, Estill, South Carolina; Cason Kirkland with Premium Peanut; Will Krause, Unadilla, Georgia; Kirk Martin, Brownfield, Texas; Daniel McMillan, Enigma, Georgia; Jess McNeill, Americus, Georgia; Phillip Melvin, Altha, Florida; Travis Mixon, Dothan, Alabama; Garrett Moore, Chancellor, Alabama; Cody Robinson, Williston, Florida; Chase Trimble with Coastal Growers; and Emily Williams with the National Peanut Board.

Session two of Class XIII is scheduled for March 17-20, 2024. For more information on the Peanut Leadership Academy, contact PLA director, Jessie Bland at jessie@gapeanuts.com or visit www.southernpeanutfarmers.org.


For Immediate Release

Jan. 31, 2024

CONTACT: National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force
Dawn Brosnan, 912-988-1847, dbrosnan@mightyeighth.org

15th Anniversary Celebration of the B-17’s arrival at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force

The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is pleased to announce the 15th Anniversary Celebration of The City of Savannah, the museum’s fully restored B-17. This historic aircraft served in World War II and was a part of the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution before finding its home in Pooler.

The celebration will take place on Wednesday, January 31st at 1:00pm at the museum and will feature guest speakers, including original Project Manager now Emeritus, Jerry McLaughlin, who will give a 20-minute briefing on the acquisition process and the delivery of our aircraft from its Smithsonian home at Dulles Airport in January of 2009. Many past and present volunteers who have worked on the restoration will be present. The museum is honored to have this iconic piece of aviation history as a part of our collection. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to celebrate the 15th anniversary of The City of Savannah at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force!

About the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force

The Museum educates visitors about the character, courage, valor, and patriotism of the brave individuals who fought in the Eighth Air Force, the largest air armada in history. The Museum uses films, exhibits, artifacts, and archival materials to tell the stories of individuals who served in the Eighth Air Force. Their sacrifices made victory in World War II possible.

Museum highlights include a fully restored B-17 “Flying Fortress” and the multimedia “Mission Experience,” an immersive simulated bombing mission in a special theater utilizing actual combat footage.

The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is located at 175 Bourne Avenue, Pooler, GA. Operating hours are Tue-Sat 10 am – 5 pm, Sun, Noon – 5 pm. For more information, call (912) 748-8888 or www.mightyeighth.org.


For Immediate Release

Jan. 24, 2024

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

Georgia Peanut Commission Research Report Day set for Feb. 7

TIFTON, Ga. — The Georgia Peanut Commission will hold the annual Research Report Day, Feb. 7, 2024, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL), located on the University of Georgia Tifton campus at 2360 Rainwater Road, Tifton, Georgia 31793. The event provides growers and industry representatives an opportunity to hear the latest reports and newest information available on peanut research projects funded by GPC in 2023.

“The commission works to wisely invest peanut farmers’ dollars into research projects across Georgia in an effort to reduce production input costs and improve agronomic techniques,” says Donald Chase, GPC Research Committee chairman. “Although some of the findings are preliminary, the projects are exciting, and many times new recommendations or observations are announced.”

GPC awarded $706,139 to peanut research facilities in the state during 2023. This effort funds 35 research projects from the University of Georgia, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and the USDA Agricultural Research Service. The research programs primarily focus on peanut breeding, conservation methods, irrigation and water management, as well as pests, weed and disease management.

The agenda for the GPC Research Report Day is available online at www.gapeanuts.com. All research reports will be available online following the GPC Research Report Day.


For Immediate Release

Jan. 19, 2024

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

Georgia Peanut Show provides a day of education for farmers

TIFTON, Ga. — More than 1,000 attendees were able to fine-tune their farming operations with information gained at the 47th annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference Jan. 18, 2024, at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia. The show is sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission.

The one-day show offered farmers a chance to view the products and services of 100 exhibitors and education opportunities. The University of Georgia Peanut Team presented an educational peanut production seminar focusing on the yield and quality of 2023 peanuts and what to expect in 2024, weed, disease and nematode management for 2024 and sustainability in Georgia peanut production. An industry seed seminar was held, which highlighted peanut varieties available for 2024.

The Georgia Peanut Commission presented awards to individuals and businesses for their service to the peanut industry and promotion of peanuts across the United States. The award recipients include Distinguished Service Award – John T. Powell, executive director of the American Peanut Shellers Association and The Peanut Institute; Research and Education Award – Glen Harris, University of Georgia Extension soil fertility specialist; and the Media Award – Dal Cannady, former bureau chief for WTOC-TV in Savannah.

The Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award, sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission and BASF, was presented to Mallory Harvey, Baxley, Georgia. The award is presented to one Georgia peanut farmer based upon the applicant’s overall farm operation; environmental and stewardship practices; and leadership and community service activities. Harvey grows 1,500 acres of peanuts and cotton, as well as breeder hens with Pilgrim’s Pride. Harvey strives to utilize innovative stewardship practices on the farm to reduce his carbon footprint and water usage. He is also active within a number of community and agriculture organizations within his county.

In addition to the Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award, the Georgia Peanut Commission and Agri Supply presented the Outstanding Georgia Peanut Farmers of the Year Award to individuals representing each of the commission’s five districts. The GPC board members started this award to honor farmers who have the passion, diligence, leadership and desire to see the peanut industry in the state of Georgia continue to be the highest quality. Winners include District 1 – Donald Shirah, Camilla; District 2 – Gerald Fowler, Sycamore; District 3 – Lee Cromley, Brooklet; District 4 – Sam Crenshaw, Cordele; and District 5 posthumously – Richard Morrison, Lumpkin. These farmers received a sign to display at their farm and gift cards from Agri Supply and the Georgia Peanut Commission.

At the close of the day, the presentation of the Grand Door Prize donated by Kelley Manufacturing Co. was presented to Jim Deen, Broxton, Georgia. Deen received one season’s use of a new KMC peanut combine and the option of purchasing the combine from a KMC dealer with $15,000 off the list price at the end of the 2024 season, as well as a cash prize.

Amadas Industries also provided the Grower Door Prize to Zach Brown of Sumner, Georgia, and Ted O’Steen, Ambrose, Georgia. Brown received a customized Grizzly cooler and a certificate towards the purchase of a new Amadas self-propelled peanut combine, pull-type peanut combine, peanut digger or peanut dump cart. O’Steen received a customized Grizzly cooler and a certificate for Amadas parts.

For photos and additional information on the Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference, visit the Georgia Peanut Commission website at gapeanuts.com.


For Immediate Release

Jan. 9, 2024

CONTACT: Georgia Power Media Relations
404-506-7676 or 800-282-1696

Georgia Power ready to respond to severe weather Tuesday

Company offers safety tips and outage resources for customers as storms move through state

ATLANTA – JANUARY 9, 2024 – As severe thunderstorms, high wind, and heavy rain continue to move across Georgia, Georgia Power teams are in place and ready to respond to outages as conditions clear. Every day, the company is focused on maintaining and strengthening the state’s smart, resilient power grid to reduce both the frequency and duration of outages and better restore power quickly and safely in the event of outages. Today, as the storm conditions subside making it safe and efficient to work, Georgia Power crews will enter and remain in the field around the clock working until every service for every impacted customer is restored.

Georgia Power reminds customers to keep safety first during severe winter weather and offers the following tips and tools.

Safety After The Storm (Find More Tips Here)

  • Never touch any downed or low hanging line. Always assume power lines are energized. Report the location of any downed or low hanging line to Georgia Power. You can also contact local authorities or 911.
  • Never try to make your own electrical repairs to Georgia Power equipment.
  • Never pull tree limbs off power lines as they could be energized.
  • Never go into areas with debris or downed trees. Dangerous power lines may be buried in the wreckage.
  • Avoid stepping in puddles and standing water after a storm as they may be touching hidden, downed power lines and be electrified.
  • Never walk into areas where crews are at work. If you’re driving near work crews, obey road signs and proceed cautiously.

Tools You Can Use to Stay Connected & Informed

  • Outage Alerts – Customers subscribed to our free Georgia Power Outage Alert service will receive personalized notifications and updates via text message. Check that your contact number is up to date to receive the latest information.
  • Outage & Storm Center – Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm, customers can visit this site to check their contact information is updated to receive Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can also report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.
  • Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power’s interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.
  • Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go.
  • @GeorgiaPower on X (Twitter) Follow @GeorgiaPower on X for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.

With the potential for additional winter weather in the coming weeks, Georgia Power encourages customers to visit GeorgiaPower.com/WinterPrep. The site features information on a variety of winter weather topics including Watches vs. Warnings, Staying Connected, Electrical Safety and more.

About Georgia Power

Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company’s promise to 2.7 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is recognized by J.D. Power as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), X (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).


For Immediate Release

Jan. 4, 2024

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

Georgia Peanut Commission seeks National Peanut Board nominees

TIFTON, Ga. — The Georgia Peanut Commission seeks eligible peanut producers who are interested in serving on the National Peanut Board. GPC will hold a nominations election to select two nominees each for member and alternate to the National Peanut Board during a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, at noon during the GPC Research Report Day at the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL), located on the University of Georgia Tifton Campus at 2360 Rainwater Road, Tifton, Georgia.

All eligible peanut producers are encouraged to participate. Eligible producers are those who are engaged in the production and sale of peanuts and who own or share the ownership and risk of loss of the crop.

Casey Cox Kerr of Camilla is the current Georgia National Peanut Board member and Wesley Webb of Leary serves as the alternate. The terms for the current Georgia board member and alternate expire Dec. 31, 2024.

The United States Department of Agriculture requires two nominees for each position of member and alternate. The National Peanut Board will submit Georgia’s slate of nominees to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, who makes the appointments.

The National Peanut Board encourages inclusion of persons of any race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation and marital or family status. NPB encourages all persons who qualify as peanut producers to attend the meeting and run for nomination.

It is USDA’s policy that membership on industry-government boards and committees accurately reflect the diversity of individuals served by the programs.

About the Georgia Peanut Commission

The Georgia Peanut Commission has been working on the behalf of Georgia’s peanut farmers since 1961 in the areas of promotion, research and education.

About the National Peanut Board

The National Peanut Board represents all USA peanut farmers and their families. The mission of the Board is to improve the economic condition of USA peanut farmers and their families through compelling promotion and groundbreaking research.


For Immediate Release

Jan. 4, 2024

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

Plans under way for Georgia Peanut Farm Show Jan. 18, 2024, in Tifton

TIFTON, Ga. — Producers can improve the bottom-line of their farming operation with knowledge, connections and information gained at the 47th annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference, held at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center, Jan. 18, 2024. The show ­hours will be 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Peanut farmers and those involved in the peanut industry will be able to learn more about the latest products, services and peanut research at the show, which is sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission.

The show offers farmers an opportunity to view the products and services of more than 100 exhibitors and educational programs. The Georgia Peanut Commission, in cooperation with the OneBlood, will also host a blood drive from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. during the show.

The University of Georgia Peanut Team will present an educational peanut production seminar from 9:00 until 10:30 a.m., titled, “Taking a Step Forward.” UGA specialists will present information regarding the yield and quality of 2023 peanuts and what to expect in 2024, weed, disease and nematode management for 2024 and sustainability in Georgia peanut production. Farmers will have the opportunity to earn private or commercial pesticide applicator certification.

An Industry Seed Seminar will also be held from 10:35 to 11:35 a.m. during the show. This event is sponsored by the American Peanut Shellers Association Committee on Variety & Seed Development, the Georgia Peanut Commission, Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and the U.S. Peanut Federation. Growers will be able to learn about peanut varieties available for 2024 and varieties on the horizon.

During the show, there will be a free luncheon at noon for all peanut farmers in attendance. The Georgia Peanut Commission will also present a short program beginning at 12:15 p.m. with award presentations and an update from the National Peanut Board and Washington, D.C.

During this year’s show, Kelley Manufacturing Co. is providing the Grand Door Prize of one season’s use (2024) of a new peanut combine (choice of four-row, six-row or combine with Unload-On-The-Go option) and $5,000 cash money. At the end of the 2024 season, the winner has the option of purchasing the combine from an authorized KMC dealer with $15,000 off the list price. In lieu of the combine, the winner may choose the use of another KMC peanut harvest implement with a 10 percent discount off the list price for purchase.

Additionally, farmers can register to win the Grower Prize, donated by Amadas Industries. This prize includes a certificate good for $15,000.00 towards the purchase of a new Amadas self-propelled peanut combine or $7,500 towards the purchase of a new four-row or six-row Amadas pull-type combine or $4,500 towards the purchase of a new Amadas six-row or eight-row peanut digger or $1,500 towards the purchase of a new Amadas peanut dump cart and a customized Grizzly cooler. Amadas is also offering a second prize including a customized Grizzly cooler containing a certificate good for a parts credit of $1,500 for Amadas parts through a local authorized Amadas dealer.

The winners of the Grand Door Prize and the Grower Prize must be certified peanut farmers with an FSA farm number and present to win.

For more information on the show, contact GPC at 229-386-3470 or online at www.gapeanuts.com.


For Immediate Release

Dec. 22, 2023

CONTACT: Georgia Cotton Commission
Taylor Sills, 478-696-3781, taylor@georgiacotton.org

Georgia cotton farmers donate socks to homeless shelters

On behalf of Georgia’s 3,500 cotton farming families, the Georgia Cotton Commission recently donated 12,000 pairs of socks to various homeless shelters across the state.

Farmers delivered socks to the Albany Rescue Mission, Jackson County Family Connection in Jefferson, Lowndes Associated Ministries to People in Valdosta, the Southwest Georgia Housing Opportunities in Columbus, The Sparrow’s Nest in Athens, North Georgia Community Action in Summerville, the Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia in Macon, the Atlanta Mission, the CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority in Augusta, the Safe Harbor Center in St. Mary’s, Southwest Georgia Community Action in Moultrie, and the Homeless Authority in Savannah.

Georgia Cotton Commission Chairman Bart Davis, a cotton farmer from Colquitt County, said, “As a cotton producer, it gives me great joy to be able to give back to our state in such a meaningful and positive way. Especially during this Christmas season, we hope the donation of cotton socks across the state blesses people who truly need a little extra at this time of year.”

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 visit us on the web at www.georgiacottoncommission.org.

 

 

For Immediate Release

Dec. 15, 2023

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

Burch and Boddiford renominated for Georgia Peanut Commission board

TIFTON, Ga. — Tim Burch, Baker County farmer, and Joe Boddiford, Screven County farmer, were both renominated without opposition to the Georgia Peanut Commission board of directors at nomination meetings held on Dec. 13, 2023. The Georgia Farm Bureau Federation conducted the nomination meetings for the commission’s district one and three.

Burch and Boddiford previously held the seat for their respective district, which expires Dec. 31, 2023. Now, after renomination, they will serve Georgia peanut farmers on the board for the next three years.

The Georgia peanut production area is divided into five districts based on acreage distribution and geographical location with one board member representing each district. Additional board members include: Ross Kendrick of Turner County, representing district two; Rodney Dawson of Pulaski County, representing district four; and Donald Chase of Macon County, representing district five.

The Georgia Peanut Commission represents more than 4,500 peanut farm families in the state and conducts programs in the areas of research, promotion and education. For more information on the programs of the Georgia Peanut Commission, visit www.gapeanuts.com.


For Immediate Release

Dec. 8, 2023

CONTACT: Georgia Cotton Commission
Taylor Sills, 478-696-3781, taylor@georgiacotton.org

Speakers Announced: Georgia Cotton Commission Annual Meeting Jan. 31, 2024

The Georgia Cotton Commission is pleased to announce the guest speakers at the Commission’s 2024 Annual Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 31, 2024, 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 Micah Brown, Staff Attorney, National Agricultural Law Center; Bruce Atherley, Executive Director, Cotton Council International; and Jim Davis, CEO, Southern Cotton Growers.

  • Micah Brown received his Juris Doctor, graduating cum laude, from the University of Arkansas School of Law. While in law school, he worked as a law clerk for the Office of the Arkansas Attorney General. During his second year of law school, Micah began working at the National Agricultural Law Center as a research fellow. After graduating law school in May of 2020, he joined the Center full-time. At the Center, his primary areas of research are finance and credit, commercial transactions, secured transactions, federal crop insurance, and foreign ownership of agricultural land.
  • Bruce Atherley has served as Executive Director of Cotton Council International (CCI), the export promotion arm of the cotton industry, since 2015. CCI works to make US cotton the preferred fiber for mills, manufacturers, brands, retailers, and consumers around the world.  Before coming to CCI, Atherley had a 30-year career in consumer marketing and general management with companies including General Mills, Heinz, and Wrigley.  He has degrees from Bucknell University and the University of Virginia.
  • Jim Davis will begin his new role as CEO of Southern Cotton Growers on January 1, 2024. A 5th generation cotton, corn, soybean, wheat, and cattle producer from New Market, Alabama, he been transitioning into the CEO role since October 2023 after serving the industry for over 30 years as the Southeastern Member Services Representative for the National Cotton Council.  Jim holds a B.S. degree in Animal & Dairy Science, Pre-Vet from Auburn University.

Following the Annual Meeting speakers, the Commission will host lunch where sponsors will be recognized, door prizes will be given away, and awards will be presented. 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 – Stoneville/BASF
Farm Credit Associations of Georgia –John Deere
Phytogen/Corteva Agriscience
Ag America Lending – Agri Supply – Americot, Inc.-NexGen – Armor Cotton
Carden & Associates – Cargill Cotton – CNI – Custom Ag Formulators – Georgia Farm Bureau
GreenPoint Ag – The KBH Corporation – Kelley Manufacturing Co. – Lasseter Tractor
Magnolia Loom – Newton Crouch – Nutrien Ag Solutions – Olam Cotton
Rainbow Plant Food/Timac Agro USA – R.W. Griffin – SePRO Corporation – Staplcotn Syngenta – Synovus – Tama USA – Tidewater Equipment/CASE-IH
Triangle Chemical Company – Triangle Insurance – Valent USA – Valley Irrigation
Vantage Southeast – Zimmatic Irrigation


For Immediate Release

Dec. 7, 2023

CONTACT: Feeding Georgia
Nathalie Malkoff, 310-882-8123, nathalie.malkoff@feedinggeorgia.org
info@feedinggeorgia.org, feedinggeorgia.org

Feeding Georgia to host the 61st Annual Wild Hog Supper Benefitting The Farm to Food Bank Program

ATLANTA, Dec. 4, 2023 – Feeding Georgia and its network of 8 regional Feeding America food banks are proud to announce the return of the Wild Hog Supper on January 7th, 2024. Now in its 61st year, the annual BBQ is celebrated as the unofficial kickoff to the State Legislative Session. Honorary Hosts are Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper and the Georgia General Assembly House and Senate Agriculture Committees. Each year, legislators and state-wide leaders converge on the eve of the first day of the Session to reconnect, network, and show their support for Georgia’s #1 industry – Agriculture – and its role in partnering with the food banks in the fight to end hunger in Georgia.

The Wild Hog Supper is Feeding Georgia’s signature fundraising event. Proceeds directly benefit the organization’s Farm to Food Bank Program which educates growers and the public about the program. Most importantly, the program works with growers to provide fresh produce to Feeding Georgia’s 8 partner food banks across the state.

This year, Feeding Georgia is also hosting the inaugural Hunger Heroes VIP Reception. Held immediately before the Wild Hog Supper, winners from Feeding Georgia’s industry fundraising competitions will be acknowledged for their tremendous generosity. Together, the Legal Food Frenzy and the Georgia Accounting Food Fight raised more than a million dollars that directly benefit the food banks. Feeding Georgia would also like to acknowledge the support of the Young Lawyers Division of the Georgia Bar Association, the Office of the Attorney General, and the Georgia Society of CPAs for their support in making these partnerships possible.

Event Details: 61st Annual Wild Hog Supper
Date: January 7th
2024 Location: Georgia Freight Depot
65 M.L.K. Jr Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Media Check-in is in the Blue Room

Run of Show
4 PM Media Availability
4:30 PM VIP reception/ Blue Room
5:30 PM Wild Hog Supper starts
6 PM Presentation begins

Invited Speakers:
● Governor Brian Kemp
● Tyler Harper, Commissioner / Department of Agriculture
● Danah Craft, Executive Director/Feeding Georgia
● Event Sponsors, TBD

Media Availability: 4 PM Georgia Freight Depot, Blue Room
● Danah Craft | Executive Director, Feeding Georgia
● Tyler Harper | Commissioner, Department of Agriculture

About Feeding Georgia:
Feeding Georgia is a 501(c)3 organization comprised of seven regional food banks working to end hunger in their local communities. Our member food banks work with more than 2,000 pantries distributing food throughout Georgia to 156,500 unique individuals each week, adding up to more than 130 million pounds annually. We are leading a statewide effort to end hunger in Georgia, together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


For Immediate Release

Dec. 5, 2023

CONTACT: Georgia Cotton Commission
Taylor Sills, 478-696-3781, taylor@georgiacotton.org

2023 Georgia King Cotton Awards Presented

Caroline Gentry, Georgia Cotton Commission

County UGA Cooperative Extension Service agents are an important resource for Georgia cotton farmers. Agents are known for delivering timely and accurate information, which is instrumental for the success of Georgia’s farmers. They also perform community specific research, education and outreach programs designed to help farmers maximize yields and efficiency.

The Georgia Cotton Commission sponsored the King Cotton Awards to recognize outstanding contributions of county agents to Georgia cotton producers. The Senior Award honors agents with 10 or more years of experience. The Junior Award, named the Allen B. Fulford Award, honors the accomplishments and memory of Allen B. Fulford, who served as a county Extension agent and state cotton agronomist. This award credits those with less than 10 years of service. The awards were presented at the 2023 Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents Annual Meeting & Professional Improvement Conference in November.  The Georgia Cotton Commission is proud to salute the excellent work that County Extension Agents do for farmers across the state.

The 2023 Senior King Cotton Award recipient is Scott Carlson of Worth County, where he serves as the Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent. He graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and continued pursuing his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Georgia, focusing on agribusiness and crop science. He began his UGA Extension career in 1996 and has served in Irwin, Ben Hill, Tift, and Worth counties. Carlson has worked with cotton producers and the UGA Cotton Team members through on-farm cotton variety trials for 20+ years. Throughout his years in Extension, he has assisted growers in management decisions including plant growth regulators, fungicide applications, and insect management. In recent years, a main area of focus has been on Silverleaf Whitefly (SLWF) monitoring and sharing treatment thresholds with cotton growers in South Georgia.

The Allen B. Fulford Award winner is Benjamin Reeves, who serves as the Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent for Berrien County. He began his career with UGA Extension in 2018, where he first served in the same role in Candler County. Reeves holds annual cotton production meetings for local farmers on topics such as agronomy, economics, and pest management are discussed. Throughout his career, he has conducted and collaborated on several cotton research trials. These include the Statewide On-Farm Variety trials, the evaluation of cotton seed mixing on net returns and evaluating insecticides for cotton aphid control.  Reeves holds a bachelor’s in horticulture from Auburn University and a master’s in entomology from the University of Georgia.

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.

From left, Georgia Cotton Commission Executive Director Taylor Sills, Allen B. Fulford Award winner Benjamin Reeves of Berrien County, Senior King Cotton Award winner Scott Carlson of Worth County, and UGA Extension Cotton Agronomist Dr. Camp Hand.


For Immediate Release

Nov. 29, 2023

CONTACT: Georgia Peanut Commission
Jessie Bland, 229-386-3742, jessie@gapeanuts.com

Georgia Peanut Commission announces 2024 calendar photo winners

TIFTON, Ga. – The Georgia Peanut Commission hosted a photo contest throughout 2023 to fill the pages of the 2024 Georgia Peanut Calendar, “Across the Field, Through the Seasons.” Peanut farmers and industry representatives from across Georgia were encouraged to submit their best, high-resolution photo from the farm for a chance to feature the photo in the 2024 calendar.

Nearly 50 entries were submitted from across the peanut belt and only 12 were selected as a monthly feature. Photos were selected based on quality, originality and diversity in the field. Winners are as follows:

January: Jason Houston, Miller County
February: Wyatt Mathis, Berrien County
March: Allie Randell, Coffee County
April: Janet Myers, Cook County
May: Francie Cotton, Terrell County
June: Diana Sandoval, Randolph County
July: Allie Randell, Atkinson County
August: Janie Merritt, Coffee County
September: Megan Odom, Early County
October: Caitlyn Jackson, Randolph County
November: Carla Nix, Grady County
December: Kathleen Odom, Early County

Photo submissions will also be used in promotional materials produced by GPC throughout the year. To obtain a copy of the 2024 Georgia Peanut Calendar, stop by the GPC office located at 445 Fulwood Blvd. Tifton, Georgia, 31794. For more information on GPC programs and to view the winning photos, visit www.gapeanuts.com.


For Immediate Release

Nov. 28, 2023

CONTACT: Georgia Peanut Commission
Joy Crosby, 229-386-3690, joycrosby@gapeanuts.com
Raynor Churchwell, 800-342-1196, ext. 5288, rdchurchwell@gfb.org

Georgia Peanut Commission Nomination Meetings Set

Commission to fill posts in Districts 1 and 3

MACON, Ga. – Nomination meetings to fill two positions on the Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) Board of Directors will be held during simultaneous meetings on Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. in Colquitt and Swainsboro. The Georgia Farm Bureau Federation will conduct the meetings to fill terms, which expire Dec. 31 in the GPC Commission’s Districts One and Three.

The GPC District One nomination meeting will be held at 2 p.m. at the Miller County Farm Bureau Office at 314 East Bremond Street in Colquitt, Georgia, 39837. Tim Burch of Baker County is the incumbent in this district. Counties in District One include: Baker, Calhoun, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Miller, Mitchell and Seminole.

The District Three nomination meeting will be held at 2 p.m. at the Emanuel County Farm Bureau office at 320 Lambs Bridge Road in Swainsboro, Georgia, 30401. Joe Boddiford of Screven County is the incumbent in this district. Counties in District Three include: Appling, Bacon, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Candler, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glascock, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Montgomery, Pierce, Richmond, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Treutlen, Washington and Wayne.

“Georgia Farm Bureau encourages peanut growers in these districts to attend the meeting for their district and participate in the nomination process for these Georgia Peanut Commission positions,” says Georgia Farm Bureau President Tom McCall. “The Georgia Peanut Commission plays an important role in promoting Georgia peanuts by supporting research that addresses production issues growers face, educating producers about peanut industry issues, and promoting the nutritional benefits of eating peanuts to consumers.”

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/she is nominated.

Any producer living in the district may be nominated or make nominations at the meeting. Incumbents are eligible for renomination. If more than one person is nominated, an election will be conducted by mail ballot. 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 commission board.

If only one person qualifies for the position, no election is required, and the nominated person automatically becomes a member of the commission board. Commission members serve terms of three years. If multiple people are nominated for a GPC seat, then the current director will continue to serve until the election is completed.

To learn more about the GPC, visit www.gapeanuts.com.

About Georgia Farm Bureau

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. Visit www.gfb.org to learn more about GFB.

About Georgia Peanut Commission

The Georgia Peanut Commission was established in 1961 under the state’s Commodities Promotion Act. Today, the commission represents Georgia’s 4,500 peanut farmers and conducts programs in the areas of promotion, research and education. To learn more, visit gapeanuts.com or follow @gapeanuts on Facebook, Instagram or X, formerly known as Twitter.


For Immediate Release

Nov. 28, 2023

CONTACT: Georgia Power Media Relations
404-506-7676
www.georgiapower.com

Georgia Power names Trey Kilpatrick as Senior Vice President of External Affairs

Kilpatrick brings extensive experience in federal, state and local government affairs, community engagement and robust economic development across the state of Georgia

ATLANTA – November 28, 2023 – Georgia Power announced today that Trey Kilpatrick has been named senior vice president of External Affairs, effective January 15, 2024.  Kilpatrick’s extensive experience serving Georgians makes him well-suited for his new role with Georgia Power where he will lead the company’s strategy and engagement in economic development, legislative and regulatory affairs, region external affairs and corporate communication.

Currently, Kilpatrick serves as Chief of Staff for Governor Brian Kemp’s Office. In this role, he has played an integral part in state government and working with community, civic and business leaders across Georgia. He joined Governor Kemp’s administration in 2020 after 10 years serving the citizens of Georgia through the office of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson in various roles, including deputy chief of staff, senior advisor, political director, state director and campaign manager. Prior to his time with Isakson, Kilpatrick was a vice president for Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc., an Atlanta-based investment firm.

“Trey has an obvious passion for helping Georgia grow and thrive, serving all of its citizens, and making our communities better – that’s a passion he and all of us at Georgia Power share,” said Kim Greene, president, chairman and CEO of Georgia Power. “He has a deep knowledge of our state and incredible insight into the diverse needs of Georgians and the companies that do business here. We look forward to working with him to shape how we continue engaging with and supporting our customers, state and local leaders, and communities to ensure we’re meeting their current and future needs. We welcome him to Georgia Power.”

Kilpatrick has been actively involved in initiatives focused on continuing the historic growth in Georgia and making the state a place where people want to live and do business. This has included helping Georgia’s ports thrive, strengthening rural Georgia, as well as strong economic development activities that have brought thousands of jobs to the state.

He will succeed Meredith Lackey, who has been named Chief Compliance Officer for Southern Company.

Kilpatrick serves on the boards of the Georgia Ports Authority and the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation, and he was part of Leadership Georgia’s Class of 2020. Kilpatrick is a graduate of the University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta with his wife and three children.

About Georgia Power

Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company’s promise to 2.7 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is recognized by J.D. Power as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).


 

 

 

 

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GPA accepts credit cards (Visa, Master Card, American Express), checks or money orders.

To purchase with credit card, contact sireland@gapress.org.

 

GPA’S PRESS RELEASE SERVICE IS FREE FOR GPA ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

 

The release may contain text, photos, and logos. The text in the release must be typed and sent in a digital form in its completed form.

 

All press releases must contain at least one media contact person:
Name | Title | Phone Number | Email

 

All press releases contain the following disclaimer:
The content and accuracy of all information contained in these press releases are the responsibility of the originating company. All information contained in these press releases may be independently checked prior to any use or publication. Press Releases on this site are not necessarily the views of Georgia Press Association or its affiliates.

 

For additional information, contact the GPA Office at
770-454-6776 or sireland@gapress.org.