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Saturday, October 11, 2014
Georgia Legislators face off in Annual Legislative Livestock Showdown
Leaving their suits and ties behind, Georgia legislators were in cowboy boots and jeans today during the 2014 Georgia National Fair for the 4th Annual Legislative Livestock Showdown at the New South Arena in Perry, Georgia. Co-sponsored by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia National Fair, this event brings together members of the Georgia General Assembly with students of Georgia’s FFA and 4-H organizations.
“This is a great opportunity for our state leaders and our future agri-leaders to get to know one another and have some fun, all while illustrating the importance of positive youth development programs like 4-H and FFA,” said Gary W. Black, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner.
The Senate team was led by Senate Agriculture and Consumers Affairs Chairman John Wilkinson and included Senator Renee Unterman, Senator Nan Orrock, Senator Don Balfour, Senator Dean Burke and Senator Jeff Mullis.
The House team was led by Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Chairman Tom McCall and included House Appropriations Chairman Terry England, Representative Mandi Ballinger, Representative Amy Carter and Representative Mike Glanton.
The two legislative groups, along with assistance from 10 experienced 4-H and FFA livestock show participants, showed in the showmanship competition where legislators were judged on how they handled their animals in the showmanship ring. Points were tallied to determine the winning team and this year’s trophy went to the House.
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About the GDA The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state’s agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visitwww.agr.georgia.gov.