The Legislative Committee of Habersham County Farm Bureau works to protect the agriculture industry locally and statewide. Members of this committee work closely with elected officials to be a voice for the local farming community in the legislative arena. Part of the responsibilities of the Legislative Committee is policy development. Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization and depends on the local farmers input in developing policies that will affect the future of agriculture in Georgia. If you have any ideas on policy developments, please contact one of the following members of the Legislative Committee. If you wish to contact one of the committee members, please see the Board of Directors page of our website for contact information.
Habersham County Farm Bureau Board Members Attend Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol
Wednesday, February 17th board members Chip Brooks, Terrell Franklin, and Ervin Cantrell attended Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol. They had the opportunity to hear Governor Sonny Perdue’s keynote address. They also met and talked with Representative Rick Austin, Senator Jim Butterworth, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, and Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin.
Habersham County Farm Bureau Coordinates High School Trip to Capitol
On Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Habersham County Farm Bureau and the Habersham County Chamber of Commerce sponsored a trip for sixty students from Habersham Central High School’s Leadership Class, Voc. Ag. Students and North Georgia Technical College’s Rotaract Club to visit the Georgia State Capitol. The students toured the capital and had a picture taken with Governor Sonny Perdue. After posing with Governor Perdue, students crossed the street to visit the Department of Agriculture. At the Department of Agriculture students had the opportunity to hear presentations from State Representative Rick Austin, Senator Jim Butterworth, Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin, Georgia Farm Bureau lobbyist Jeffrey Harvey, and Dr. Judy Taylor of Habersham County Chamber of Commerce. The students were able to ask these legislators questions regarding the future of agriculture and the effects of budget cuts on education. After leaving from the Department of Agriculture, students visited the Department of Navigation where they learned about monitoring and safety systems in effect on Georgia’s roadways. The Habersham County Chamber of Commerce supplied snacks for students and Habersham County Farm Bureau treated students to lunch at The Varsity. In sponsoring this trip Habersham County Farm Bureau wishes to educate students about the importance of state government and the effects legislative decisions have on agriculture in Georgia.