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Local farmers, ranchers and agri-businessmen will have the opportunity to hear an in-person report on agriculture related issues including disaster relief updates from Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, who will be here next Tuesday.
United National Bank is hosting a luncheon meeting for local agri-businessmen with the state’s ag chief. The event will be held at the Grady County Agri-Center beginning at noon next Tuesday, March 5.
For over 38 years, Gary W. Black has championed sound state and federal policies impacting food safety, science-based environmental stewardship and agricultural marketing. Now beginning his third term, Commissioner Black says he remains committed to fostering growth in Georgia’s number one industry.
Black’s love of agriculture was first sparked on his family’s farm in Commerce. He became an active member of the Commerce FFA and was elected State President of the Georgia FFA Association in 1975. Black then attended the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences where he earned a degree in Agricultural Education and interned with United States Senator Herman Talmadge and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Nutrition.
Upon completing his degree at the University of Georgia, Black began his career at the Georgia Farm Bureau coordinating leadership development programs for young farmers. In 1989, he was named President of the Georgia Agribusiness Council. While at GAC, he was instrumental in establishing the AgriTrust of Georgia insurance program, agriculture promotions during the Centennial Olympic Games, and developing a strong reputation for agriculture advocacy in the legislative and regulatory arena.
Black was first elected to serve as the Commissioner of Agriculture in November 2010. Under his leadership, the Department’s food safety and animal health regulatory programs have received national acclaim and the Georgia Grown brand’s economic impact can be seen in every corner of the state and beyond.
Commissioner Black and his wife, Lydia, continue to raise commercial beef cattle on his family farm in Commerce. Both of his adult children work in the agriculture and food industries. The Blacks are active in the Sunday school and music ministries of Maysville Baptist Church.
For more information or to make a reservation to attend, contact UNB at 229-377-7200.