By Clint Thompson
The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) is celebrating 25 years of service. The organization will recognize this milestone with a special event on Aug. 21 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center.
There will be a reception, dinner, awards program and dance. The event will recognize the individuals, organizations and industry leaders who have helped make GFVGA the leading voice for the state’s fruit and vegetable growers.
“I think the big thing with this and what we wanted to do with the 25th year anniversary event was just to recognize the contributions that the association and our growers and our suppliers have made to the industry over the past 25 years,” said GFVGA Executive Director Charles Hall. “While this is the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Association’s 25th anniversary, it is also an anniversary in recognition of what the industry has become over the last 25 years. That’s really the purpose in trying to recognize all the people that have had a part in that.”
The celebration will also pay homage to the association’s past presidents.
Cynde Dickey, Dickey Farms, Jessica Brim Kirk, Lewis Taylor Farms, and Sheila Calhoun Rice, Calhoun Produce, cochair the 25th Anniversary Event planning committee.
The GFVGA is a leading authority on issues pertaining to fruit and vegetable production. Charles Hall has been especially vocal about the impact that imports are having on the region’s vegetable and specialty crop producers.
“Georgia’s reputation in the industry has grown. When national issues surface, we are one of the top four or five states in the nation that will have some voice in how those decisions are made,” Hall said.
Tickets for the August event will be available for purchase in mid-July.
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