OTC Ag Students Have Busy
Itinerary at State Capitol
The Agribusiness students and instructor from Ogeechee Technical College recently visited the State Capitol in Atlanta to learn more about the legislative process and to meet with State legislators and others. It was also Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol, so students were able to meet with over 500 Farm Bureau members who were in attendance.
According to Elliott Marsh, Agribusiness instructor, the students’ itinerary included:
- A meeting with Governor Sonny Perdue, Representatives Jon Burns and Bob Lane and Senator Jack Hill, including a conversation with the Governor to update him on the program at OTC.
- A meeting with Bryan Tolar of the Georgia Agribusiness Council and a discussion on several topics related to agriculture.
- Thanks to Senator Hill, a meeting with Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. Students and instructor were also able to go into the well and listen as Zippy Duvall gave a message to the Senate about agriculture.
- Lunch with Georgia Farm Bureau and listened to Gov. Perdue discuss agriculture. Heard a speech by the Governor on the state of Agriculture and Water issues.
- Present as Agricultural Commissioner Tommy Irvin received recognition for his service to the state.
- Meeting with Representative Lane and Tom McCall, Chair of the Agricultural Committee, to learn about the legislative process and several bills that were under consideration at the time.
- A visit to the Georgia Department of Agriculture to meet with Terry Coleman, Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture, with discussion about various agriculture related topics and potential for future agriculture related employment.
“This was a very busy and informative trip for our students. They were able to see many aspects of government in action, especially areas which impact their chosen field of study,” stated Marsh. For information on Agribusiness at Ogeechee Tech, visit www.ogeecheetech.edu.
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