2017 Annual Convention

We will be holding our 80th annual meeting December 3-5, 2017 at Jekyll Island, Georgia. Highlights of this year's meeting will include speeches by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, U.S. Representative Buddy Carter, and Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.

Convention activities begin on Dec. 3 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center with registration at 10 a.m. The trade show, featuring booths from many of Georgia’s agricultural organizations and agencies, will be open from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. GFB and the Georgia Department of Agriculture are hosting a reception from noon to 4 p.m. showcasing GFB’s Certified Farm Markets and Georgia-grown commodities.  

During the Celebrating Agricultural Literacy event, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., GFB will recognize efforts by county Farm Bureaus to educate students about agriculture through the Ag in the Classroom program. The recipient of the 2017 Georgia Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year Award will be named at this time.

The first day of the convention will close with a worship service at 4:30 p.m. that will include a memorial for county Farm Bureau presidents who died this year.

On Monday, Dec. 4, the general session begins at 8:30 a.m. Rep. Carter, Gov. Deal, and Commissioner Black will speak, and GFB President Long will deliver his annual address.

A series of four public policy educational sessions will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Each session will be held twice concurrently.

GeorgiaPol.com publisher Charlie Harper will provide a political outlook for the 2018 elections. UGA Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics Jeffrey Dorfman will give an economic forecast for Georgia’s major crops. Tate Bennett with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mark Masters with the Georgia Water Planning and Policy Center, and Marjie Dickey, Georgia Environmental Protection Division agriculture water project manager, will discuss environmental issues Georgia farmers are facing.       

Dr. Sam Pardue, dean of the UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, and Dr. Lisa Nolan, dean of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, will give updates on the education and research programs at their schools.

The second day will conclude with an awards ceremony beginning at 4:30 p.m. to recognize counties and individuals selected as state winners for various programs completed during the past year to promote agriculture.

On Dec. 5 GFB voting delegates will 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 2018. Delegates will also elect the 2018 GFB Board of Directors.