Dr. Joe B. Crane Classroom Grant Program
GAC started this program to deliver grant funds directly to teachers for ag education projects. It is named for longtime GAC Director and education program advocate Dr. Joe B. Crane of Valdosta. Dr. Joe was an integral part of the Lowndes County Board of Education and carried his passion for education wherever he went. We are proud to honor him by presenting this award to up to 4 teachers each year.
Educational Website for Georgia teachers, students and consumers
In 2011, GAC launched a brand new website that can become your number one source for agricultural education in the state. We use numbers from many universities and commodity groups to provide a comprehensive website aimed at educating the beggining learner about the state's strongest industry.
Check out www.GeorgiaAg.com here.
Congressional Scholar Fellowship ProgramThe Council has supported this program since its inception and it is a proven winner for these students and the agriculture industry. This program helps students interested in politics and agricultural issues gain great experience as they serve Georgia Congressional leadership in Washington, DC over the summer. UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences students go through an extensive and competitive interview process to earn acceptance into this scholar fellowship program. D.C. fellows attend agriculture committee hearings, prepare briefs, conduct agricultural research and meet with constituents.
In 2013, GAC supported five fellowships for congressional offices. This past year Rebecca Rykard worked with Rep. Jack Kingston, Valerie Noles with Rep. Austin Scott, Lee Lister with Sen. Johnny Isakson, Heather Hatzenbuhler with Rep. Sanford Bishop and William Moses with Sen. Saxby Chambliss. (PHOTO TO THE RIGHT (l-r): Bryan Tolar of GAC, Lee Lister, Rebecca Rykard, Valerie Noles, William Moses, and GAC's Michael Pisciotta.)
William C. “Bill” Baisley “Sumpin Big” Scholarship
This $1000 scholarship is offered to a student in need of financial assistance studying for an agricultural career at a college in Georgia. Bill Baisley has been, and remains, a trusted leader, a personal friend, and encouraging mentor for the food and agricultural sector. Bill used the phrase “sumpin big” as a way to move ideas forward. We honor him with this scholarship and look forward to helping a student that is moving our industry forward. Scholarship Applications for 2014 will be released in Mid-August.
"Careers In Agriculture" Exhibit at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center
This $5000 exhibit was developed to show school children visiting the 4-H Natural History Museum the variety of jobs and career opportunities that exist in agriculture. The backdrop shows jobs ranging from food production, to entomology, to biotechnology, to food processing.
Georgia FFA Sponsorships & National Convention Support
The GAC has supported these programs for many years, focusing funding and time to the "Star in Agribusiness" awards as well as the National FFA Convention. We also support the mission of the FFA Foundation by attending their events and donating our time for their fundraising efforts.