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Commissioners recognize farmers for their contribution to the economy

The Habersham County Commission recognized the importance of the agricultural industry at the local, state and national levels with a November 16-23 Farm City Week proclamation.

Commissioner Ty Akins read aloud the proclamation, which recognizes American ranchers and farmers for their efforts that are “literally helping to feed the world.”

“Agribusiness provides us with food, clothing and shelter, as well as fuel for our energy needs. As we embrace new trade opportunities, the hard work and successful collaboration between farmers and city workers will continue to play a vital role in the future of our state and nation,” Akins said.

Agriculture employs more than 19 million workers, including farmers and ranchers, shippers, processors, marketers, retailers, truck drivers, inspectors and others, who contribute more than $1 trillion to the nation’s gross domestic product annually.

In Georgia, agriculture contributes nearly $70 billion to the state’s economy annually. Every seventh Georgian works in agriculture and forestry or in an agriculture-related area.

According to the County Government website, farming is Habersham’s number one industry. The main crops are peaches and apples, and the main industries are poultry and beef.

Habersham County Commissioners urged citizens in rural and urban areas to “recognize and celebrate the achievements of all those who work together to produce and provide our community and nation with an abundance of agricultural products.”

Chip Brooks and Cheryl Kowalski of the Habersham County Farm Bureau attended the commission’s regular monthly meeting on November 21 to accept the recognition on behalf of the region’s farmers.

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