UGA Georgia Farm Tour Highlights Agriculture Innovation

Each year, Georgia’s Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black and members of the Georgia General Assembly visit Georgia farms and food-based businesses around the state to learn more about new developments and challenges they face.

This week, University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead and state leaders learned about Northeast Georgia’s farms, nurseries, greenhouses, and the agritourism industry during the annual UGA Georgia farm tour. This effort underscores a vital partnership between the university, growers across the state, and the emerging green tech industry.

Sen. John Wilkinson, chairman of the Georgia State Senate Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee; Rep. Terry England, chairman of Georgia House of Representatives Appropriations Committee; Rep. Tom McCall, chairman of the Georgia House of Representatives Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee; and Sam Pardue, dean and director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences accompanied Morehead and Black on the tour.

Ken James talks about a hosta plant with Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, President Jere Morehead, and CAES Dean Sam Pardue in one of the mist production houses at James Greenhouses in Colbert on the UGA Georgia Farm Tour. (Credit: Andrew Davis Tucker/UGA)

Ken James talks about a hosta plant with Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, President Jere Morehead, and CAES Dean Sam Pardue in one of the mist production houses at James Greenhouses in Colbert on the UGA Georgia Farm Tour. (Credit: Andrew Davis Tucker/UGA)

Georgia’s agriculture industry, which includes green tech solutions, smart diary production, and agritourism, contributes over $13 billion to the state economy, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.

The delegation visited James Greenhouses, home to a smart irrigation system, Farmview Market and Williams Dairy, which has garnered accolades for its high-tech facility and bovine sensors.

 

For more information about the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences visit caes.uga.edu.

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