The 乔治亚州农场局 Federation is 乔治亚州's largest and strongest voluntary agricultural organization with nearly 265,000个家庭成员. It is an independent, non-governmental organization. The membership is mainly composed of farm families in rural communities and of people who want 乔治亚州 to be agriculturally successful, 进步和繁荣.
Formed in 1937 by 50 farmers, 乔治亚州农场局 continues to have a strong grassroots network with 158 county Farm Bureau organizations. 自成立以来, 主, ongoing goal of Farm Bureau is to be a united voice in the legislative arena, to promote farm markets and to provide leadership to 乔治亚州's agricultural community. Farm Bureau is local, state, national and international in scope and influence.
The purpose of 乔治亚州农场局, as the largest farm organization in 乔治亚州, is to provide leadership and assistance to the agricultural sector, 推广农产品, to aid in ag-related procurement, to be a spokesman for the farmer in the legislative arena, to be a leader in the development and expansion of farm markets, to strive for more agricultural research and educational funds and facilities - in essence - to use the 乔治亚州农场局 organization and its facilities as the vehicle with which to assist in providing farm families a fair and equitable standard of living and to ensure the existence of agriculture as a vital and thriving industry in the future.
A member of a county Farm Bureau automatically becomes a member of the 乔治亚州农场局 Federation and the American Farm Bureau Federation. Our grassroots Policy Development process and county programs assure the members of constant contact and input into the programs and activities of 乔治亚州农场局.
What do we mean by "grassroots"?
To understand Farm Bureau, it is important to start at the local rather than the state level. It is in the individual county Farm Bureaus that programs are developed to meet the needs of farm families. Farm Bureau relies on its member families for strength and direction. Hundreds of volunteer leaders serve on county Farm Bureau boards and committees. From social outings and educational workshops to political action and community forums, Farm Bureau offers programs and services for the entire family.
Just as members form county Farm Bureaus, county Farm Bureaus are the basis for state Farm Bureaus. Once county Farm Bureaus set policies, they select voting delegates to voice their beliefs at the state Farm Bureau annual meeting. These delegates determine which policies submitted by the county Farm Bureaus, and in some cases by commodity committees, will provide the direction for 乔治亚州农场局.
After 乔治亚州农场局 adopts its policies, it names delegates to represent it at the American Farm Bureau annual meeting. Policies adopted by voting delegates from all 50 states govern the national Farm Bureau. These policies deal with many issues - use of natural resources, 税收, 产权, services to the farm community, 贸易, 食品安全与质量, and a host of topics that affect rural America. T在这里fore the members - the "grassroots" - determine the future of their organization. And membership is not limited to farmers. Any family interested in agriculture or in participating in one of Farm Bureau's many member services may join. If you're interested in membership, contact your local county Farm Bureau office. T在这里 is one in each county in 乔治亚州.
Putting Farm Bureau policies into action are the 高级职员及董事会 of Directors of the 乔治亚州农场局 Federation. 总统, three vice presidents and 22 members of the board of directors, each of them an active farmer, are elected by the voting delegates at the annual meeting held each December at Jekyll Island, 乔治亚州. For more on the GFB 高级职员及董事会, 点击这里.
总统 is a full-time executive farmer who directs the day-to-day operations of the Macon-based organization and speaks as the official voice of the 乔治亚州农场局 Federation. The board of directors is comprised of 25 farmers: two members elected from each of our 10 districts for two-year terms, and three elected Vice Presidents who serve three-year terms. Also serving on the Board are the chairs of the State Women's Committee and Young Farmer and Rancher Committee.
Farm Bureau is dedicated to promoting and improving agriculture in our counties, state and nation and in continually improving and expanding our service-to-member programs which serve to enhance the quality of life for all 乔治亚州ns.