Organizers of the agricultural leadership program Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture have chosen 22 professionals from across the state to participate in the program’s inaugural class.
Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture is housed in and supported by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. AGLA is also supported by numerous agricultural and forestry organizations and associations throughout Georgia.
AGLA’s founders aim to educate and empower Georgia’s agricultural leaders to become effective advocates for the largest economic drivers in Georgia — the state’s agricultural and forestry industries, said Rochelle Strickland, the program’s founding director and a public service assistant in the college.
“We are excited about the group of individuals that have been selected to participate in class I of AGLA,” Strickland said. “They are a high quality, diverse and committed group of professionals who will play an integral role in not only establishing this program, but in the continued growth and development of our industry.”
AGLA is designed to bring together leaders from all segments of the state’s agriculture and forestry industries. Over a two-year period, they will help one another understand and analyze the issues facing their industries, as well as challenges that may emerge in the future.
AGLA’s inaugural class members are:
Brent Allen of the UGA Cooperative Extension Service, Johnson County
Brandon Ashley of the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation, Bibb County
Tim Bland of Newport Timber, Bulloch County
Scott Cochran of House of Raeford Farms, Franklin County
Sarah Cook of the Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, Turner County •
Kevin Cronic of House of Raeford Farms, AAgribusiness, Turner County
Kevin Cronic of House of Raeford Farms, Anderson, S.C.
Steven Gibson of the UGA CAES Business Office, Clarke County
Jennifer Harris of White Oak Pastures, Early County
Jon Harris of AgSouth Farm Credit, Pierce County
Jutt Howard of North Georgia Turf, Heard County
Craig Howell of Harris Moran Seed Company, Berrien County
Jesse Johnson of the Southern Land Exchange, Oglethorpe County
Trey Joyner of the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Dekalb County
Sherry Morris of the Georgia Green Industry Association, Fannin County
Duane Myers of Kroger, Henry County
Tate O’Rourke of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson’s office, Hall County
Maggie Potter of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Muscogee County
Mark Risse of UGA CAES, Oconee County
Amanda Tedrow of UGA Cooperative Extension, Clarke County
Rebecca Thomas of UGA Cooperative Extension, Chattooga County
Chris Wheeler of AGrowStar, Houston County
Derick Wooten of Rocky Hammock Farms, Jeff Davis County
Those seeking more information about the Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture can visit www.agla.caes.uga.edu .
(Merritt Melancon is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)