to sponsor Georgia
By BRAD HAIRE
Farm Press Editorial Staff
Georgia Farm Bureau is excited to partner with the Georgia De- partment of Agriculture to host the Georgia Agriculture build- ing for the sixth year. As the largest general farm organization in the state, Georgia Farm Bureau works year-round to serve as
the “Voice of Georgia Farmers.”
Please drop by their building, located just inside the main gate
beside the Expo headquarters, for a chance to win fantastic door
prizes and to learn more about the activities and programs Farm Bu-
reau carries out to support farmers and rural residents.
■ Come meet members of the state staff and state leaders to
learn what Georgia Farm Bureau is doing for agriculture.
■ Come learn how Georgia Farm Bureau represents the interests
of agriculture and rural Georgia at the state and federal level.
■ Come learn about the ag literacy activities Farm Bureau is doing to teach students and consumers how farmers grow their food
■ Come learn about the Georgia Farm Burau Foundation for Agriculture, which funds these activities, along with scholarships and
leadership development programs for the next generation of agriculturalists.
■ Come and learn about the Commodities and Marketing Department, which works directly with farmers to promote the 20 top
commodities grown in Georgia and to address issues impacting
■ Come learn how Georgia Farm Bureau can market your grain
crops or help you buy them at the best price.
■ Come learn about the ag news services provided through
the Georgia Farm Bureau News and Georgia Neighbors magazine,
the electronic newsletter GFB News Alert, and the TV program, “The
Georgia Farm Monitor,” celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
■ Come learn about the many member benefits Georgia Farm
Bureau members have access to, such as insurance, loans, discounts
on Ford, Case IH, Grainger, Grasshopper, and Polaris purchases, dis-
counts on amusement parks, hotels, and rental cars, and discounts
on health and wellness services.
■ Come learn that you don’t have to enroll in any of these member benefits to be a Farm Bureau member. You can join Farm Bureau
just because you want to be a part of its work to support farmers and
■ Come learn about Georgia Farm Bureau.
GEORGIA GROWN AND SUBWAY PARTNER
The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown program is
partnering with Subway restaurants to raise awareness of the contributions of Georgia farmers who produce the fresh sandwich toppings so vital to the Subway dining experience.
Subway stores throughout middle and south Georgia are highlighting their Georgia Grown connection this fall with point-of-sale
displays, radio commercials, billboards. and digital ads. Markets
where Georgia Grown is getting big play include Macon, Columbus,
Albany, Tallahassee, Fla./Valdosta, and Montgomery and Dothan, Ala.
Earlier this year, Subway restaurants in north Georgia participated in a similar campaign, which exposed the Georgia Grown brand
to more than 500,000 consumers.
Subway restaurants in Georgia buy more than 8 million pounds
of Georgia-grown tomatoes, cucumbers, and green peppers annually from farmers in Dawson and Lowndes counties. Shannon Wilson
of Carter and Sons Produce in Valdosta says the impact of the media
campaign will go a long way in validating what he does every day.
“It is really humbling to know that tomatoes from a small operation like ours have the opportunity to be on a sandwich that is being fed to consumers in one of the most popular restaurants in the
country,” Wilson says.
Gary Davis, a long-time Subway store owner at Statesboro, says
he’s happy to be able to promote the company’s relationship with lo-
cal farmers. “As local business owners, we are proud to support Geor-
gia farmers and the local economy, while giving our customers high
quality, fresh ingredients.”
The Subway chain began in 1965 in Connecticut, and has grown
to include more than 44,000 locations worldwide. The company has
built its name on offering “Better-For-You” sandwiches with fresh
“We appreciate Subway’s local owners working to give consumers what they
want and supporting local farmers who
offer wholesome, local products produced right here in Georgia,” says Georgia
Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black.
Georgia Grown and Subway will discuss their historic partnership during a
media event in front of the Georgia Department of Agriculture Building Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 3 p.m.
Be sure and check out events in the Georgia Agriculture Building.