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Herlong headlines GFB Educational Leadership Conference

Humorist and author Jane Jenkins Herlong is the featured speaker at the 2018 Georgia Farm Bureau Educational Leadership Conference, set for April 13 and 14 at the Augusta Marriott.

Herlong, a former Miss South Carolina, is bound to have attendees laughing hysterically with her home-spun humor and stories. She’ll provide the keynote address at the conference opening session on April 14.

The conference begins April 13 with a reunion of past and present GFB Women’s Leadership Committee members at 6:30 p.m., followed by social time at 7:30 for all conference attendees.

Activities on April 14 include the opening session, a silent auction and four concurrent workshops.

GFB Women’s Committee members Melissa Bottoms of Pike County and Heather Cabe of Franklin County and Harris County Farm Bureau Office Manager Linda Luttrell will share how they plan visits to local schools throughout the year. Ag in The Classroom Teacher of the Year Dr. Wendy Fuschetti of Banks County will share ideas and hands-on activities that can be used in classrooms. Justine Palmer and Caroline Lewallen of Hall County will share details about the Hall Grows program developed by Hall County Farm Bureau. GFB Field Representatives Rebecca Jacobs (3rd District) and Lauren Goble (6th District) will present a new approach to agriculture books and reading in the classroom.

During lunch, GFB President Gerald Long and GFB Foundation for Agriculture Executive Director Katie Duvall will give remarks.

The conference will be held at the Augusta Marriott April 13 and 14. For registration forms, contact your county Farm Bureau office manager (contact information can be found at The deadline to register is March 23.