The Georgia Agribusiness Council (GAC) is the state's leading trade association for agribusiness interests. No matter what part of the industry you're in, it helps to have a dedicated group of individuals who are standing up on a daily basis for the issues that are important to you. The Georgia Agribusiness Council is dedicated to defending and supporting the state's largest industry - your industry.
Economic data highlights the importance of agriculture in the state of Georgia. Few Georgians know that agribusinesses support 2/3rds of our 159 counties as the first or second largest industries. In 2013, the agriculture sector of Georgia's economy had a total economic impact of $72.5 billion and accounted for more than 370,000 jobs. With these statistics, it is easy to see that agriculture is our state's largest industry.
While we celebrate the successes that helped build this great industry, those in agriculture know there are many challenges at hand. GAC takes those challenges head on with the support of our membership.
The mission of the Georgia Agribusiness Council is "To advance the business of agriculture through economic development, environmental stewardship and education to improve the quality of life for all Georgians." We fulfill our mission in a number of ways, but we always focus our efforts on making our members' business our top priority.
Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
We know the players and leaders involved in Georgia state government and they see GAC as a trusted source of information both under the Gold Dome and among various state agencies. Whether we are working with the Georgia General Assembly, the Department of Natural Resources, the Environmental Protection Division or the Department of Agriculture, we are ready to advocate for agribusiness interests.
We serve as a resource for issues like tax policy associated with agricultural inputs and property assessments. This also includes the Georgia Ag Tax Exemption (GATE) program. We remain fully engaged in water policy initiatives that enable the agriculture industry to continue our record of environmental stewardship and we challenge regulations that will hurt our economy. We take on tough issues like immigration because we understand the importance of a strong, legal workforce to our industry.
Economic Services & Communication
Currently, over 960 businesses are members of GAC and each one brings a unique voice to the table. The breakdown of our membership levels shows just how diverse our members are in size. The same can be said for the scope of industry sectors represented. Our membership diversity provides us with the perspective and input that enables us to be effective and credible.
We can help you manage your compliance issues with the Federal government through an affiliation with the Asmark Institute. In fact, we are the only trade association in the state that offers this program to our members. If your business is in need of economic services like workers compensation insurance, health insurance, or life insurance, we can assist you in those areas as well.
Professionalism is key to representing the state's largest industry, and our staff provides top notch communication resources to keep members informed and active in current issues. Members of Georgia Agribusiness Council remain engaged in the industry through publications like AgOutlook, our monthly online publication and Inside Agriculture, our weekly report sent to our members during the legislative session. These publications provide insight on regulatory and legislative issues, important events and initiatives in the industry.
Finally, your investment in GAC membership also helps support educational efforts for Georgia's young people. GAC sponsors students in the University of Georgia's College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences for Congressional Fellowships at our nation's Capitol. We also provide support for important educational programs and foundations like 4-H, FFA, classroom grants to teachers and student scholarships. These programs serve as integral tools in educating a new generation of agribusiness leaders and this investment may be the most important one we make in the years to come. That's why we created the Georgia Agribusiness Council Foundation, an IRS approved 501(c)3 tax exempt program to further agricultural education initiatives.
If you believe in the success and importance of Georgia agriculture, please investment in the industry by joining the Georgia Agribusiness Council. Click here to join online.
If you would like to speak with someone on our staff about membership or other issues, please email Anna McIntyre or call 706-336-6830.
We welcome the opportunity to earn your membership. You won't be disappointed.