Media release: Goods and services related to Georgia’s agriculture and natural resources affect each of the state’s communities every day. Agriculture is Georgia’s largest industry, with $73.3 billion of direct and indirect economic impact annually. More than 383,600 Georgia jobs are involved directly in commodity, food, and/or fiber-related industries.
In 2017, agricultural related commodities in Floyd County totaled almost $89 million. A few of the top commodities are Poultry, $55.5 million, Livestock, $16.8 million, Row Crops, $9.8 million, Vegetables, $4.9 million, Horticulture, $3.6 million, and Forestry, $2.1 million.
When you add it all up, agricultural commodities produced in Floyd County total $88.8 million, ranking Floyd County 50th out of 159 counties in Georgia for total dollar value of agricultural commodities produced.
UGA Extension faculty and staff play a key role in the success of this industry by sharing university-based research for Georgians to use on the farm and at home. Recommendations in areas including soil fertility, pest management, plant and crop varieties, water quality, and herd health and management focus on maximizing production and profits while minimizing environmental impacts.
UGA Extension is proud to be a partner in Georgia Agriculture Awareness Week. Extension faculty research and disseminate information for every process in agriculture — from planning up until the product reaches the consumer. We educate businesses and the public about food safety, food preservation and nutrition. We’re also educating the next generation of citizens and leaders about the diversity and importance of agriculture through Georgia 4-H programs and competitions.