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AG EDUCATION

 

 

Investing in Our Youth

Your investment in GAC membership helps support educational efforts for Georgia's young people. GAC sponsors students in the University of Georgia's College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences for Congressional Fellowships at our nation's Capitol. We also provide support for important educational programs and foundations like 4-H, FFA, classroom grants to teachers and student scholarships. These programs serve as integral tools in educating a new generation of agribusiness leaders and this investment may be the most important one we make in the years to come.

The Georgia Agribusiness Council Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization,  was created to help grow funding initiatives to help support agriculture education. GAC is a proud sponsor of agribusiness awards and programs for FFA and 4-H, in addition to many other education projects. 

The Council created the Dr. Joe Crane Memorial Classroom Grant program for Georgia teachers interested in promoting agricultural literacy; provides William C. “Bill” Baisley “Sumpin Big” Scholarships to Georgia college students demonstrating a need for financial assistance while seeking an agricultural degree; and sponsors the UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Congressional Fellowship Program. 

Through generous support to the GAC Foundation, the Council will continue to invest in these programs and others to expand opportunities available to young people. To learn more about the Foundation, please contact Jill Hansard at jhansard@ga-agribusiness.org or 706-336-6830.  To become a GAC Foundation supporter, please click here for a donation form. Don’t forget – your donations are tax deductible!


William C. "Bill" Baisley "Sumpin' Big" Scholarships

This $1000 scholarship is offered to a student in need of financial assistance studying for an agricultural career at a college in Georgia. Bill Baisley has been, and remains, a trusted leader, a personal friend, and encouraging mentor for the food and agricultural sector. Bill used the phrase “sumpin big” as a way to move ideas forward. We honor him with this scholarship and look forward to helping a student that is moving our industry forward.

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Dr. Joe B. Crane Classroom Grants Program

GAC started this program to deliver grant funds directly to teachers for ag education projects. It is named for longtime GAC Director and education program advocate Dr. Joe B. Crane of Valdosta. Dr. Joe was an integral part of the Lowndes County Board of Education and carried his passion for education wherever he went. We are proud to honor him by presenting this award to several teachers each year. 

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UGA CAES Congressional Agriculture Fellowship

The Council has supported this program since its inception and it is a proven winner for these students and the agriculture industry. This program helps students interested in politics and agricultural issues gain great experience as they serve Georgia Congressional leadership in Washington, D.C. over the summer. These students go through an extensive and competitive interview process to earn acceptance into this program. D.C. "Fellows" attend agriculture committee hearings, prepare briefs, conduct agricultural research and meet with constituents.


Georgia FFA Sponsorship & Georgia 4-H Support
           

We have supported these programs for many years, focusing funding and time to the "Star in Agribusiness" awards as well as the National FFA Convention. We also support the mission of the Georgia 4-H by attending their events and donating our time for their fundraising efforts. 

Here are the newest grant and scholarship winners!

Dr. Joe B. Crane Classroom Grant

Ansley Mays, Sallie Zetterower Elementary

“Sumpin’ Big Scholarships

Faith Gilman, Luke Lineberger, and Eleanor Rager

FFA State Star in Agribusiness

Rhine Brady – White County

UGA CAES Ag Fellows

Taylor Teague, Zane Tackett, Ashley Smith, Andy Paul, Hayley Nielsen, Makinizi Hoover, and Jim Henderson