Message from UPGA President
Wow, what a summer it’s been both on the farm and on the campaign trail! With tropical storms and drought hitting the geographically diverse state of Georgia, we’ve had some growers looking for water and conversely, some running from it. Meanwhile, the 2016 General Election looms on the second Tuesday in November (8th) and at press time counties are already mailing their absentee ballots. The whirlwind of the last few months has produced some strange turn of events. While I can’t begin to adequately explain what is going on in the political arena, it may well be that the tumultuous weather patterns have impacted migratory bird patterns and thus our biosecurity environment. Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black has been vigilantly watching this and inside explains some of his departments activities to address one of the greatest threats to our livelihoods. In addition, Congressman Austin Scott relays his experiences growing up in a farming community and stresses the importance of agricultural research to the Growers bottom line.
Finally, as I began this column I will finish with a nod to this year’s elections. While the presidential campaign has consumed the media limelight, don’t forget thatit’s our local and state elected officials thatcan have the biggest impact on our day to day lives on the farm. With over one third of the state House of Representatives possibly changing and half of the state Senate, this is a pivotal election year in Georgia. Please exercise your constitutional right to vote and support those candidates who understand and support poultry production, the largest component of Georgia’s largest economic sector of Agriculture.