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Legislative breakfast informs residents, commemorates Extension

Published: 04/15/14 3:51PM
By: bradleyc

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Fort Valley State University President Ivelaw Griffith (center), state elected officials and FVSU administrators pose after the 2014 Ham and Egg Breakfast April 14, at the Health and Physical Education Complex on campus.

An agricultural tradition allowing Georgia’s elected officials and residents to fellowship over breakfast continued April 14 at Fort Valley State University’s Health and Physical Education Complex.

The 32 year-old tradition known as the Ham and Egg Breakfast attracted more than 200 elected officials and residents. Officials included city council members, county commissioners, state representatives and mayors.

During the breakfast, elected officials shared information concerning the 2014 Farm Bill and provided updates on issues in higher education and updates about various U.S. Department of Agriculture Programs. In addition, the breakfast also commemorated the signing of the Smith-Lever Act. This act helped to establish the Cooperative Extension Service at land-grant universities like Fort Valley State University and the University of Georgia.

Jimmy Davis, executive director of the Macon County Development Authority and Chamber of Commerce said the breakfast was a great opportunity for connecting residents with elected officials.  “It’s good to hear directly from legislation. It puts a personal touch on the issues and allows people to see who is working for them,” Davis said.  For more information about future programs hosted by FVSU’s Cooperative Extension Program, call 478-825-6296.