Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp talks agriculture at the annual Farm City Week Banquet in Stephens County.
Kemp was the guest speaker for the annual Stephens County-Toccoa Farm City Week Banquet hosted by the Stephens County Farm Bureau and held Monday night at the Currahee Campus of North Georgia Technical College.
Kemp said Georgians always need to remember the vital role that agriculture has played and continues to play in the state.
“All of you, whether you are on the farm, or in government, or writing for the newspaper, or what have you, I think it is important for all of us to realize how key agriculture is today and how key it will be tomorrow for Georgia’s economy,” said Kemp.
Kemp noted that currently, agriculture is the number one industry in the state of Georgia.
He then pointed to a United Nations study that states by the year 2050, the world will have to double food production to keep up with demand.
Kemp said that should only increase the importance of agriculture to the state’s economy moving forward.
“We are going to be in a place here in Georgia because of our climate, because of the entrepreneurs and the farmers that we have, because of our research institutions, and I think because of our government leaders providing an environment in Georgia where we are going to continue to be competitive and try to figure out better ways to water our crops and be good stewards of the land like we already are, we are going to continue to have opportunities to be a part of doubling that production and doubling that output,” said Kemp. “That is going to be a lot of revenues and a lot of jobs. It is a lot of opportunity.”
Farm Bureau also honored a number of individuals during the banquet.
Former Stephens County High School Agriculture Teacher Ferman Gregory was inducted by Farm Bureau into its Hall of Fame.
Also, Brown Dean and Stanley London were named Friends of Agriculture for 2012.
This year’s Farm Family of the Year was the Ashley Hayes Family, while William Dewey Sheriff was this year’s Cattleman of the Year.