GFB News Magazine

A View from the Field

Posted on August 30, 2023 12:00 AM

By Tom McCall, GFB President

Georgia Farm Bureau board members, staff and volunteers work every day to carefully ensure success for our state’s farms. We’re working hard to discover how we can better serve the more than 240,000 families that enjoy some aspect of Farm Bureau membership.  

It’s no secret that our members enjoy the benefits of insurance, Choice Hotel discounts, Ford Motor Co. rebates and many more. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what we’re fighting to provide for members and non-members, alike.

Farm Bureau’s goal has always been to safeguard the agriculture sector and to keep it strong. 

An annual report released by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences shows that agriculture is the largest sector in Georgia’s economy. Farming generates $73.2 billion in production as part of the state’s $1.2 trillion economy.  Simply put, no other group can make this claim.

As we head into harvest season and our nation faces challenging economic times, it is time for us to not let up and keep “diggin’ in” to continue providing a thriving agriculture sector that remains healthy and strong.  By doing so, it fosters a safe and abundant food supply, more jobs, and higher wages so our members can provide for their families’ needs.

Incidentally, “Diggin’ In” is our organization’s theme for the next 12 months. This tagline represents the hard work of men and women who farm 365 days of the year.  No matter the weather, economy, personal burdens, or outside pressures, we keep diggin’ in. That means no matter what it takes, we will get the job done. 

We’re proud to serve as leaders at Georgia Farm Bureau and encourage you to join us and dig in to help in the fight to preserve agriculture as our number one economic sector!