Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative (EMC) hosted the agricultural community at the return of its bi-annual Agribusiness Seminar Monday, Nov. 8. Industry topics related to domestic and international trade were discussed and guided by guest speaker, Paul Thompson, of the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s International Trade and Domestic Marketing department.
Following nearly two years of no in-person events, the cooperative welcomed a handful of local farmers, business leaders, elected officials and FFA students back to the bi-annual gathering. The question-and-answer format opened the floor for discussion of relevant concerns regarding imports and exports for the state of Georgia and how the coronavirus pandemic has paused movement at ports.
“COVID has been a disrupter that none of us were quite ready for,” said Thompson. “We are still learning today, but we get so comfortable in where we were that it takes some time to make those changes.”
Thompson further elaborated about the state’s top commodities, while promoting the Georgia Grown label that supports the purchase of locally produced goods. He also explained why trade missions with other states and foreign countries are necessary to secure products not native to Georgia.
“The informational session was quite eye-opening,” said Tim Martin, President and CEO for Carroll EMC. “Agriculture keeps our economy turning, and it takes the combined work of our local farmers and trade partners to satisfy our needs. There is so much behind-the-scenes work being done.”
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