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At the Capitol This Week

Friday, March 18, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jennifer Addington
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At the Capitol This Week


GGIA was pleased to once again take part in Georgia's Agriculture Week Kickoff this week at the Freight Depot.  This annual event offers a special opportunity to visit with just about anyone and everyone involved with Agriculture and with Agriculture Education. Special thanks to Will Ross and Evergreen Nursery for providing plants that we give to visiting 4H and FFA students from across the state. 


We were especially pleased to visit with Sam Pardue, UGA'snew Dean of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, who hit the ground running on his first day in office on Monday and was at the Capitol for most of the day on Tuesday. We wrapped up Ag Day with another visit with Dean Pardue at the UGA President's reception back in Athens. We're happy to report that Dean Pardue is well aware of the Green Industry and we look forward to several future opportunities to get to know him even better.


We also had the chance to visit with many friends and colleagues from the Advancing Leader's in Agriculture and Forestry program at the Depot. GGIA is proud to support this program through service on the AGL Board of Directors. This year's class is off to a great start and the participants are well on their way to becoming more effective advocates for their sectors of the industry. GGIA Board Member Lanie Riner has nothing but positive remarks about her experiences in the program. If you have an employee with star potential, the AGL program is a proven course which keys on skills focused leadership development.

This year's General Assembly Session is winding down quickly with only 2 days remaining next week. We will provide a comprehensive review next week of all legislative activity that has an impact on the industry. This week our focus remained on the GATE bill.

GATE logoHB911 passed out of committee on the Senate Side with even more revisions. GGIA remains concerned with proposed requirements on retailers who accept GATE cards. We don't believe that putting undue burdens on retail outlets will help cut down on abuses of the program. It looks like this bill is going to be in play right up until the end of session and we are working with other groups to encourage a sensible solution. 


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