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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Georgia Ag Week
The Georgia Department of Agriculture Prepares for Agriculture Awareness Week Commissioner Gary W. Black and the Georgia Department of Agriculture prepares for a week celebrating Georgia’s diverse agriculture with the first annual Georgia Agriculture Awareness week, March 20-24, 2017.
There will be a themed event each day of the week, all designed to better communicate the important role agriculture contributes to our daily lives, while allowing more involvement from our agricultural partners.
We encourage citizens to get involved in their communities and schools to spread the word, share knowledge and help promote Georgia’s #1 industry-- agriculture. The Georgia Department of Agriculture invites anyone to take part in as many of the activities as possible. For further resources to make Agriculture Awareness Week a success, visit: feedmyschool.org.
Georgia Ag Week activities include:
Monday, March 20- Seasons & Faces of Georgia Agriculture, Sloppy Floyd Building Plaza, Atl
The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s photo exhibit featuring farmers throughout the state will be displayed in the plaza of the James H. “Sloppy” Floyd Veterans Memorial Building. The building houses the Capitol Commons food court, a popular lunch destination for state employees.
Tuesday, March 21- Flavor of Georgia, Old Train Depot, Atl
The University of Georgia’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences will once again be hosting their annual Flavor of Georgia Contest to showcase delicious Georgia food products. Visit www.flavorofga.com or contact Sharon Kane at email@example.com for more info. This event is by invitation only.
Wednesday, March 22- Ag Hero Day, Statewide
The Georgia Department of Agriculture invites you to celebrate agriculture heroes in your community by writing a note to farmers thanking them for the food and fiber they provide in our daily lives. Schools are encouraged to invite a local Ag Hero into classrooms to discuss the importance of agriculture and the impact farming has on our economy. A “Pennies for Produce” Drive will be held in schools to collect funds for food banks across the state to purchase local produce when in season.
Thursday, March 23- Ag Literacy Day, Statewide
With the guidance of Georgia Farm Bureau, the Georgia Department of Agriculture is encouraging all of our local and state partners to read a designated agriculture literacy book to a local school classroom. Contact Donna Rocker at firstname.lastname@example.org for classroom activities and more info. http://www.gfb.org/programs/aic/default.html
Friday, March 24- Make My Plate Georgia Grown Day, Statewide
The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Program and the Georgia Department of Education’s School Nutrition Program have partnered together to create a Georgia Grown menu to feature local products in school cafeteria’s across the state. The Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Department of Education, School Nutrition is encouraging local and state partners to visit a school cafeteria in your community and enjoy a tasty Georgia Grown lunch.
To participate or follow along with the conversation surround Ag Awareness Week, use the following hashtags across social media networks: #GaAgWeek #FarmersFoodFiber #GeorgiaGrown
With your help, Georgia Ag Awareness Week will be a successful week in promoting and raising awareness about agriculture in our great state. In an effort to assist planning on the local level, press packets encompassing more information on each day and tools to assist with planning and promoting will be available online at the end of January. For more information, contact Kelli Williams at 404- 859-9600 or by email at Kelli.Williams@agr.georgia.gov
About Georgia Grown
The Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown program provides a powerful branding tool as well as education, marketing and business connections to expand agribusinesses and the agricultural industry throughout the state. Learn more or join Georgia Grown at www.georgiagrown.com.