GFB Members ‘Dig In’ at Annual Convention

Jekyll Island, GA |

“For Georgia Farm Bureau and it’s members, Jekyll was a time to dig in and celebrate 86 years of existence. This year’s gathering, marking the 59th time the convention has found its home on Jekyll Island – and despite the years passing, one tradition remains constant–the generous distribution of those hot grilled PB&J sandwiches by the Georgia Peanut Commission. Now sure, the faces may change, but the love for those heavenly sandwiches is eternal. Especially among the next generation of Ag leaders, who may not fully appreciate the convention now, but as tradition goes, will carry the torch someday.

“I just want them to appreciate farming and just appreciate God’s land that he has given us to farm and the privilege to do that,” says Kaley Phillips from Franklin County. “His father and I own a poultry farm at home, and we just appreciate hard work and hard work ethic.”

Without question, the inaugural Georgia Foundation for Agriculture Christmas on the farm Bingo, stole the spotlight. Over one hundred and fifty guests forming a line that wrapped around the hallway. Once inside the doors, they were treated to ten rounds of bingo, door prizes, a raffle, live music, refreshments, and a pop-up shop from Brittany’s Closet.

“We just wanted to create something fun and exciting and a way to celebrate the holidays, but obviously we have to raise money to support all our programs. So, we wanted to put on this fun fundraiser, and everyone get to have fellowship,” says Lily Baucom, Executive Director of Georgia Foundation for Agriculture.

In his yearly address to members Georgia Farm Bureau President, Tom McCall likened the organization to quote, “An elephant in the room”, un-ignorable if you will. He emphasized that GFB, along with its legislative team, spoke for the farmers and made significant strides at the state capitol in advocating for their needs.

“These efforts wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for each and every one of you back home. The truly effective organization has local leaders just like you, working in tandem with the lobbying team that worked for you,” says McCall.

However, President McCall didn’t stop at legislative achievements. He also made an emotional and heartfelt announcement:

“We have challenges to overcome and victories to be won. That’s why today, with utmost humility and dedication to you, I’m announcing my intention to run for reelection as President of Georgia Farm Bureau next year, and I humbly ask for your continued support, your trust, and your prayers in this journey into the future,” says McCall.

The crowd erupting and applause, celebrating not just the success of the convention, but a significant accomplishment for Georgia Farm Bureau and its dedicated members.

By: Ray D’Alessio