Magazine names GFB Georgia's No. 2 trade association
By Jay Stone, Georgia Farm Bureau
Georgia Farm Bureau is rated the state’s No. 2 trade association in the September/October issue of James Magazine. The issue, designated as the magazine’s Lobbyist Issue, includes survey results in a variety of advocacy categories.
In the top 40 trade associations the Georgia Chamber of Commerce was ranked No. 1. Behind GFB are the Georgia Municipal Association at No.3, the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia at No. 4 and the Georgia Health Care Association at No. 5.
James Magazine publisher Phil Kent wrote in his column that government affairs and lobbying organizations play a key role in the U.S. political system.
"Citizens are represented in the political system not only by those they elect to office, but also by the political parties and political/business interest groups,” Kent wrote. “These channels of representation overlap, and lobbyists are essential elements to this system. They especially fulfill several functions critical to lawmaking and policy implementation.”
Other ag organizations in the trade association rankings are the Georgia Poultry Federation at No. 19, the Georgia Agribusiness Council at No. 25 and Georgia Forestry Association at No. 27.
The issue also included a list of the top 100 individual lobbyists, or the top 10% of the state’s 1,000 lobbyists. Georgia Farm Bureau Public Policy Director Alex Bradford was rated No. 73.
GFB Governmental Affairs Specialist Jake Matthews was rated ninth on the magazine’s list of Lobbyist Rising Stars.
The James Magazine rankings are based on the results of an online survey of the magazine’s subscribers and governmental affairs specialists throughout the state, as well as consultation with an advisory group of state lawmakers.
To read the entire issue, click here.