On August 7, 2017, Gary Black, Georgia's State Agriculture Commissioner, will speak to the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs.
Serving his second term, Commissioner Gary W. Black is the sixteenth Georgian to hold the office of Commissioner of Agriculture since the department's inception in 1874.
Black earned a degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Throughout his 35 year career in agriculture he has championed sound state and federal policies impacting food safety, science-based environmental stewardship and agricultural marketing.
He would rather be referred to as Lydia's husband and Ward and Caroline's dad. He and Lydia raise commercial beef cattle on the family farm in Commerce. Black serves in the Sunday school and music ministries of Maysville Baptist Church.
The Georgia Department of Agriculture administers a variety of programs which all have a primary goal - to maintain the state's viable farm industry and protect the consuming public.
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Three Plates One Purpose, Dog & Cat Sterilization Program
Executive Chef Program
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