GFB News Magazine

GFB honors England for service to agriculture

Posted on August 21, 2023 12:00 AM

Georgia Farm Bureau President Tom McCall, left, presents Terry England with the 2023 Georgia Farm Bureau Commodity Award during the organization’s annual commodity conference held Aug. 10 in Athens. /Photo by Jennifer Whittaker


By Jennifer Whittaker, Georgia Farm Bureau

Terry England, a former Georgia representative from Barrow County who chaired the House Appropriations Committee for 12 years, is the 2023 Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) Commodity Award recipient. 

During his 18 years in the Georgia General Assembly, England secured funds for UGA Extension and research positions, assisted with the state agricultural water metering program, enhanced Georgia’s agricultural education programs, secured funding for cabins and other buildings at Georgia 4-H and FFA camps, and secured relief for farmers and rural communities devastated by Hurricane Michael in 2018.

“Terry was instrumental in bringing our state’s bank account from basically nothing to having billions in reserve. He worked for the benefit and protection of Georgia agriculture and our farmers throughout his time as a state legislator,” GFB President Tom McCall said. 

England represented the 108th District from 2005-2012 when redistricting put him in the 116th District, which he represented through 2022, when he opted to not seek reelection.

 On Aug. 1, England began working as chief of staff for Georgia House Speaker Jon Burns.

Terry and his wife, Cindy, are longtime Farm Bureau members. He won the GFB YF&R Discussion Meet in 1991. Terry and Cindy served on the GFB YF&R Committee in 1992 and 1993, when he chaired the committee. The couple served on the American Farm Bureau YF&R Committee in 1994 and 1995. Terry served as a director and county president of the Barrow County Farm Bureau. He is a past member of the GFB Vegetable Commodity Committee.