Social Media and Georgia

Press Release 03 May 2011


In 1862, Abraham Lincoln created the United States Department of
Agriculture. In his last annual address to Congress, he said, “The
Agricultural Department, under the supervision of its present energetic and
faithful head, is rapidly commending itself to the great and vital interest
it was created to advance. It is precisely the people's Department, in which
they feel more directly concerned than in any other”.

In 1874, the Georgia Department of Agriculture was established as the first
state department of agriculture. As Lincoln said, the department of
agriculture is truly the people’s department. In many varied ways the
department affects the lives of every Georgian, every day.

When Gary Black took over as Commissioner of Agriculture, he stated that the
department would once again become the people’s department.

As part of this change in the way the department interacts with its
customers, social media programs are becoming an important public relations
tool to communicate social, business-related and critical information, as
well provide a support system for Georgia’s agricultural companies and

Here is a listing of current social media tools in use by today’s Georgia
Department of Agriculture:


The official webpage is the main repository of information about what’s
going on in the department.

The Farmer's and Consumers Market Bulletin is published every two weeks and
provides information and advertisements relating to Georgia agriculture.


This is the main page of the department. News updates and items of interest
are posted throughout each day.

This is the fan page of the department. Fan pages host news and items of
interest, and also allow fans of the page to post news, events, links of
interest and photos.

This is the page of the Animal Protection Steering Committee, which is
looking at current operations, activities and investigations of the
department’s Animal Protection Service.

(21 steering committees were set up by the Commissioner to solicit input
from the citizens of Georgia to look into how different parts of the
Department of Agriculture work and how they might be improved. The majority
of committee members are private citizens who are not employed by the
Georgia Department of Agriculture.)


'Georgia Grown' aims to increase consumer awareness and help drive the
demand for locally grown & produced goods in Georgia!/GDAFoodSafety

This account provides updates on agricultural news, food recalls and any
information related to food safety.!/GaAg_Bulletin

The account for The Farmer's and Consumers Market Bulletin.

All citizens of Georgia, interested individuals and organizations are
encouraged to join the discussions on the Facebook pages and Twitter
accounts, and to use these social media outlets, as well as the websites, to
keep in touch and up-to-date with the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
204C Four Towers University of Georgia
Athens, Ga 30602
706-552-4461 / 706-540-0032
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