September 8 GOP Breakfast

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Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black

Because of the Labor Day weekend, the September GOP breakfast will be held on Saturday, September 8.  The breakfast speaker is Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.  Commissioner Black is the sixteenth Georgian to hold the office of Commissioner of Agriculture since the department’s inception in 1874.
He began his career with the Georgia Farm Bureau, leading the young farmer leadership development program. Commissioner  Black served 21 years as president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council, a chamber-like organization representing all facets of Georgia’s food and fiber industry.  During his career, Gary led the development of AgriTrust of Georgia, a renowned workers’ compensation insurance program for farmers and agricultural businesses. He has championed sound policies throughout Georgia ranging from private property rights to food safety, and from lower taxes to science-based environmental stewardship.
Commissioner Black is an active supporter of agricultural programs that expand opportunities for young people. He serves in advisory capacities for 4H and FFA. As a student, Black served as State FFA President in 1975-76.
Black earned a degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 1980 and is a past president of the college’s alumni society. He would rather be referred to as Lydia’s husband and Ward and Caroline’s dad.

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