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Legislative breakfast to address the role of agriculture in the state

Date Published: 04/10/17 2:41PM

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Interact with elected officials, indulge in a southern style breakfast and learn about the latest legislative changes effecting Georgians during the 35th annual Ham and Egg Legislative Breakfast.

The breakfast will take place on Wednesday, April 12, at 8 a.m. in Fort Valley State University’s C.W. Pettigrew Farm and Community Life Center. This event is open to the public with a cost of $20. Limited seating is available for this event.

Program speakers for the breakfast include Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, president of the Georgia Farm Bureau, Gerald Long, and director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy. Other invited guests include Rep. Patty J. Bentley and Sen. John F. Kennedy. Congressman Austin Scott will preside over the breakfast.

Joy Moten-Thomas, chair of the breakfast planning committee and FVSU’s assistant administrator of community development and outreach, said she would like attendees to develop a better understanding of the significant role agriculture plays in Georgia’s economy.

 “I would like the breakfast to promote discussions between attendees and elected officials that help develop strategies for feeding a growing population with a smaller rural labor force. Discussions on the need and importance in investing in small farmers and the challenges facing rural Georgians are also important,” Moten-Thomas said.

The annual Ham and Egg Breakfast is a tradition at FVSU which began as the Ham and Egg Show in 1916. Houston County Extension agent Otis O’Neal, created the first Ham and Egg Show. It began with 39 hams and 17 dozen eggs. In 1982, Dr. Glenwood Hill, a retired FVSU professor, revived the Ham and Egg Show with the Ham and Egg Breakfast.

 For more information about the 35th annual Ham and Egg Breakfast, contact Joy Moten-Thomas at (478) 825-6296 or send an email to thomasb@fvsu.edu. To purchase tickets visit the FVSU cashier office in the Troup Building room 235 on campus.