Why Join GAC?

Member Services and Benefits
The Georgia Agribusiness Council (GAC) is the state's leading trade association for agribusiness interests. No matter what part of the industry you're in, it helps to have a dedicated group of individuals who are standing up on a daily basis for the issues that are important to you. The Georgia Agribusiness Council is dedicated to defending and supporting the state's largest industry your industry.

Economic data highlights the importance of agriculture in the state of Georgia. Few Georgians know that agribusinesses support 2/3rds of our 159 counties as the first or second largest industries. According to the latest data from the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, Georgia’s food and fiber production contributes $74.3 billion and accounts for over 411,500 jobs. With these statistics, it is easy to see that agriculture is our state's largest industry.

While we celebrate the successes that helped build this great industry, those in agriculture know there are many challenges at hand. GAC takes those challenges head-on with the support of our membership and that membership continues to grow. 

The mission of the Georgia Agribusiness Council is "To advance the business of agriculture through economic development, environmental stewardship and education to improve the quality of life for all Georgians." We fulfill our mission in a number of ways, but we always focus our efforts on making our members' business our top priority.

Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
We serve as a resource for issues like tax policy associated with agricultural inputs and property assessments. This also includes the Georgia Ag Tax Exemption (GATE) program. We remain fully engaged in water policy initiatives that enable the agriculture industry to continue our record of environmental stewardship and we challenge regulations that will hurt our economy. We take on tough issues like immigration because we understand the importance of a strong, legal workforce to our industry.

Economic Services
The Council is pleased to offer economic services, including workers’ compensation insurance, health insurance, and more. Our AgriTrust of Georgia workers’ comp program serves over 650 of our member companies and our AgriHealth program is making great strides helping members companies with 10 or more covered workers reduce healthcare expenses dramatically by shifting the cost curve downward.

Agriculture Education
Your membership also helps support agriculture educational efforts for Georgia's young people. GAC sponsors students through 4-H and FFA, as well as classroom grants to teachers and student scholarships. We also helped create the University of Georgia's College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences for Congressional Ag Fellowship Program that allows students to serve 10 weeks at the U.S. Capitol. These programs and others serve as integral tools in educating a new generation of agribusiness leaders. That's why we created the Georgia Agribusiness Council Foundation, an IRS approved 501(c) 3 tax exempt entity to further these and other agricultural education initiatives.

Ready to Join?
If you believe in the success and importance of Georgia agriculture, please invest in the industry by joining the Georgia Agribusiness Council. Click here to join online
or download a membership form here.

To speak with someone on our staff about membership or other issues, please call 706-336-6830.

We welcome the opportunity to earn your membership. You won't be disappointed.

Thank you!