Touring Farms In Central And Southern Georgia

Cross posted at my website.

Thursday and Friday of this past week I joined Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and five of my fellow Legislators on a tour of farms in central and southern Georgia. We visited a couple of vegetable and fruit farms, a cotton gin, a saw mill, a dairy farm, a sod farm and even a Tilapia farm in Valdosta. We also toured the Georgia National Fair Grounds in Perry, and the Georgia Department of Agriculture Labs in Tifton.

WFXL-TV in Albany filed a report on our trip:

The Legislative Farm Tour serves as an opportunity for elected officials to learn more about Georgia’s agribusinesses and the key role that the agriculture industry plays in Georgia’s economy. The tour also provides a chance for members of the agriculture community to share concerns and discuss how current or proposed legislation or regulations will affect their operations.

I’m grateful to the farmers who let us visit with them and poke around their operations. Every one of these companies is family owned, several for many generations. It’s amazing how much technology these folks use. It’s also amazing how much science is used these days all in a effort to maximize production and reduce water usage.

You can see some photos from my trip here and here. Below is a video of the massive saws used at the sawmill we visited.


  1. saltycracker says:

    What were their expectations of government ? In high tech ag one would assume research and things like better weather data for their private services.
    Outside magazine – July – was focused on weather and a couple stories pointed out that NWS computers were well behind Europe. e.g. Europe predicted Sandy would hit N.J. 7 days out, NSW said it would turn out to sea but agreed 5 days out. As a professor said, the richest nation could have the best weather computers for the cost of a fighter jet.

    • They love Gary Black that’s for sure, and why not he’s doing a great job.

      These folks work a lot with UGA and Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College and get good support from them.

      Water was a big concern. As one gentleman told me “when Atlanta goes into a drought I get concerned.” However, they are doing well right now and I was impressed with the steps many have taken to reduce their water consumption and improve efficiency.

      • saltycracker says:

        At least they start with free water, but being downhill from Atlanta has its negatives.

  2. Sounds like a fun and interesting trip! In regards to the concerns about the drought, did you mention that we’re working on invading Tennessee? 😉

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