Lily Baucom named executive director of Georgia Foundation for Agriculture
The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture has named Lily R. Baucom as its executive director.
“We are fortunate to have Lily bring her talents to the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture,” said GFB President Gerald Long, who also serves as the chairman of the foundation board. “We’re proud of what the foundation has done and we’re excited to see where Lily takes it moving forward.”
The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture, formerly the Georgia Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, supports agricultural literacy projects and helps fund educational opportunities for students pursuing agricultural and related degrees, as well as helping to meet other needs in the farm community. Baucom is tasked in part to explore other needs the foundation can help address.
“I think with Georgia Farm Bureau’s connections throughout the state and the statewide infrastructure, it presents a unique opportunity to do something that no other non-profits or foundations are doing throughout the state,” Baucom said.
An Atlanta native, Baucom earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015. She joins the foundation after working four years at Common Market Georgia. She was the organization’s executive director the last two years. Common Market Georgia is a non-profit wholesale logistics operation that connects family farmers with institutional customers throughout Georgia and Alabama.
“The work that the foundation has been involved in previously, scholarships and Ag in the Classroom, are tremendously important to encouraging young children and young adults to pursue agricultural careers,” Baucom said. “That’s something that I think is extremely vital to the longevity of farming in the state. We need to be investing in supporting and getting younger kids interested in the future of farming.”
Baucom is married to Billy Baucom, an attorney with Troutman Sanders in Atlanta.
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