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Ag Agencies

Overview

Commodity Commissions

Most Georgia crops have a commodity commission, designated by the Georgia General Assembly, that carries out official functions. See individual topic pages for contact information and websites for the various commissions.

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Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

This state agency protects Georgia's air, land and water resources by enforcing state and federal environmental statutes on air and water quality, hazardous waste, water supply, solid waste, surface mining, underground storage tanks and other areas.
http://www.gaepd.org/

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Food and Drug Administration

The FDA is the source for federal regulation information pertaining to finished food products. Human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, tobacco products, cosmetics, dietary supplements and products that give off radiation are under their jurisdiction.
http://www.fda.gov/

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Georgia Agribusiness Council

The state's primary broad-based agribusiness trade association works to promote agribusiness development in the state. The council offers its services and facilities as resources to media professionals interested in agriculture-related subjects.
http://www.ga-agribusiness.org/

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Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service

This state branch of the federal agency responsible for preparing official estimates of agriculture works cooperatively with the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the UGA Extension Service to provide county-level statistical information on crops, livestock, poultry, fruits, nuts and many other Georgia commodities. For a modest fee you can subscribe to its publications or visit its Web site at
http://www.nass.usda.gov/ga.

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Georgia Department of Agriculture

Founded in 1874, the Georgia Department of Agriculture was the first such department established in the United States. The department is mainly a regulatory and enforcement agency with the primary goal of protecting Georgia consumers and promoting the farming sector.

The agency's activities are directed by Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin, a constitutional officer elected for a four-year term in the same general election as the governor and other executive officers. The department, which has 696 employees, is organized into divisions with each having different regulatory and enforcement responsibilities. It is not a branch of the USDA.

Divisions of the department include administration, animal industry, consumer protection, plant industry and marketing.

This is the source to call for questions about Georgia law, policy and regulation involving agriculture and agricultural products.
http://agr.georgia.gov/

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UGA Extension and Agricultural Experiment Stations

UGA Extension and Agricultural Experiment Stations have scientists around the state who conduct research and work with growers to apply the research. They are valuable sources on specific commodities, economic issues, trends, food safety and environmental issues. Each county also has an Extension agent who can give you information for specific areas of the state. These specialists can provide media with cutting edge, up-to-date, non biased information. Fort Valley State University also conducts educational county programming with the UGA Extension Service.
http://www.caes.uga.edu/Extension/
http://www.caes.uga.edu/research/

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Georgia Farm Bureau

This grassroots organization of farm families addresses farm-related issues. It is Georgia's largest and strongest voluntary agricultural organization with nearly 400,000 member families. Its purpose is to provide leadership and assistance to the agricultural sector, to promote farm products, to aid in agri-related procurement, to be a spokesman for the farmer in the legislative arena, to be a leader in the development and expansion of farm markets, to strive for more agricultural research and educational funds and facilities.
http://www.gfb.org/

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Georgia Forestry Commission

With 12 district offices overseeing Georgia's 159 counties, this state agency's personnel are experts in forestry practices including fire detection, suppression and prevention and the management, marketing and development of Georgia's expansive forests. They also have expertise in environmental and water quality and many other forestry-related subjects.
http://www.gfc.state.ga.us/

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Trade Associations

These organizations help producers develop markets for Georgia-grown products. Look for specific associations listed under the individual commodity facts.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture

This agency is the source for federal regulations pertaining to farm activities. It provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues on a national level. Find news releases, contacts and more on its Web site at
www.usda.gov.

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University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

The college is the overarching organization of the UGA Extension Service and the Georgia Agricultural Experiment Stations. The college provides a daily news service for all Georgia media on-line, and weekly mail and e-mail news services by subscription only. CAES news editors across Georgia can connect media to scientists and specialists as sources for stories on agriculture, horticulture, environmental issues, family and consumer sciences, youth development and more. For contact numbers, news and more, visit our Web site at
www.caes.uga.edu/news/news.html.

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Publications

Featured Publications

Climate and Weather Information for Georgia Farmers (MP 115)
This publication discusses the difference between weather and climate. It also gives many useful web sites for current weather in your area.

To see a full list of publications, visit the Extension Publications site.

News

To see all of our Extension news stories, visit Georgia FACES.