Ben Parker has joined the Georgia Farm Bureau Public Policy Department as the national affairs coordinator. Parker developed a love of agriculture while growing up in Perry and being an active FFA member. He earned an applied biotechnology degree from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences to understand modern agriculture.
Before coming to GFB, Parker spent two years researching soybean genomes to find cost-effective, insect-resistant genes under the tutelage of Dr. Wayne Parrott at UGA. Parker started his policy career advocating for increased use of modern seed varieties before working on state level agriculture policies with the Georgia Agribusiness Council.
His time at UGA led him to engage in national agriculture policies through the Congressional Ag Fellows program in the office of U.S. Rep. Austin Scott.
Parker previously worked to establish an emerging bioplastic production company before returning to his true passion of keeping Georgia a national leader in the agricultural industry. He currently lives in Perry.