Kemp Signs Two Bills Supporting Georgia Agriculture

On Tuesday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) signed two bills into law that strengthen the state’s agriculture.

Kemp signed the legislation during a ceremony in Bainbridge, Georgia, while being accompanied by his wife Mary Kemp, Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper, members of the General Assembly, and leaders from the state’s agriculture community. 

“I am proud to sign these bills that will boost our state’s citrus production and farmland conservation efforts,” said Kemp. “Georgia is home to a diverse and thriving agricultural sector, and citrus is one of our fastest-growing crops. By establishing this commission, we are ensuring that our citrus growers have the resources and representation they need to succeed in the global market. We are also investing in our rural communities by creating a fund that will provide matching grants to protect the land of farming families from development and preserve our state’s number one industry.”

The first bill, HB 545, creates the Agricultural Commodity Commission for Citrus Fruits. The second bill, SB 220, creates the Georgia Farmland Conservation Fund.

As explained in a press release from Kemp’s office, “HB 545 authorizes the creation of an Agricultural Commodity Commission for Citrus Fruits, which will be composed of five members appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture from a list of nominees submitted by citrus producers. The commission will have the ability to fund research, education, promotion, and marketing programs for the benefit of the industry.”

“SB 220 creates the Georgia Farmland Conservation Fund, which will be administered by the Department of Agriculture and will provide matching grants to certain holders or prospective holders of agricultural conservation easements,” the press release added. 

D & B Staff

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