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GFB forms new Public Policy Department


By: Georgia Farm Bureau
4/5/2017 1:55:54 PM


Georgia Farm Bureau has formed a Public Policy Department, merging its Legislative and Commodities/Marketing Departments.

"Our legislative and commodities/marketing departments have worked closely together through the years to make sure we address farmers' concerns," said GFB President Gerald Long. "Our commodities staff has worked with our advisory committees to identify policy issues, which often become the legislative priorities our legislative staff focuses on. For years, GFB leaders and staff have considered consolidating the two departments."

Jeffrey Harvey, who has served as legislative director the past two years, will head the new department. The new Public Policy Department will be responsible for interacting with elected officials, regulatory agencies and commodity organizations and other non-government agricultural stakeholders, with the purpose of advancing GFB's position on issues affecting agriculture. It will also manage GFB's Commodity Advisory Committees.

Tas Smith, former assistant legislative director, transitions to the role of assistant director of governmental affairs.
Joe McManus, former assistant commodities/marketing director, moves into the role of assistant director of agricultural programs.

Brandon Ashley, former commodities/marketing specialist and coordinator of GFB's Certified Farm Markets program, will serve as advocacy & policy development coordinator.

Alex Bradford, former legislative specialist, moves into the role of state affairs coordinator. Blake Raulerson will serve as a governmental affairs specialist working on both state and national issues.

Nathan Dupree, former commodities/marketing specialist and grain desk coordinator, takes over management of the Certified Farm Markets program, which becomes part of the GFB Field Services Department, which will also handle distribution of GFB peanut packets. The grain desk is being phased out.

Commodities/Marketing Senior Administrative Assistant Cindy Arnold will also be moving into the Public Policy Department.


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