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Oct. 8 – SCWA Presents: “The Dark Side of Globalization” and “Ukraine: Past, Present, and Future”

By Blake Olmstead, Managing Editor, SBJ

Oct. 8, 2014 – On Thursday October 16th, the Savannah Council on World Affairs will be hosting a highly informative presentation on the exploited dark opportunities offered by globalization by Dr. Robert J. Bunker, a visiting professor and Minerva Chair at the Strategic Studies Institute at the Coastal Georgia Center (305 Fahm St)

Why did globalization begin to go very wrong and the American middle class begin to feel economically imperiled? Why have new constructs such as criminal and plutocratic insurgency developed? Why have Narco tanks been built and why do advanced Narco-subs sail on our seas? Learn the answers, in this highly informative presentation on the exploited dark opportunities offered by globalization.

Dr. Robert J. Bunker is a Distinguished Visiting Professor and Minerva Chair at the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College. He is also Adjunct Faculty, Division of Politics and Economics, Claremont Graduate University.  Dr. Bunker has delivered over 200 presentations to military, law enforcement, and academic and policy audiences, including U.S. congressional testimony. He is also published in over 200 in academic, policy, military, and law enforcement periodicals. Dr. Bunker holds university degrees in political science, government, social science, anthropology-geography, behavioral science and history, and has advanced specialized law enforcement and counterterrorism training.

This presentation is open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.


Then on October 16th and 17th, a panel discussion will be held at Armstrong State University in the Ogeeche Theater on Thursday, and at the Presbyterian Church on 1500 Diamon Causeway on Friday. Both start at 2:00pm.

Panelists include Dr. Olavi Arens, the Panel Chair and Professor of History at Armstron, Dr. Jacek Lubecki, Asst. VP and Director for Center of International Studies at Georgia Southern, Dr. Martin Blackwell, Associate Professor of History at the University of North Georgia, Dr. Jamie E. Scalera, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Georgia Southern, Dr. James W. Peterson, Dept. Head of Political Science at Valdosta University, and Dr. William Risch, Associate Professor of History at Georgia College and State University (via video conferencing).


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Aug. 29 – Don McGough receives Georgia Farm Bureau Commodity Award

Dublin Business Journal Staff Report 

August 29, 2017 - Longtime Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) Commodities Director Don McGough has received the 2017 GFB Commodity Award during the GFB Commodity Conference, held this month at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus.

One of the organization’s highest honors, the commodity award is given each year to honor individuals who have supported and promoted Georgia agriculture.

“I’ve known Don throughout my time being involved with Georgia Farm Bureau. His dedication to our farmer members through the years was evident by the relationships he has made with all the groups he has worked with,” said GFB President Gerald Long. “Don was an integral part of our organization’s success for nearly 40 years.”

McGough was born in Tifton and grew up in Lee County on his family’s farm, where they grew peanuts and corn and raised cattle and hogs. In his youth he was an active 4-H’er and in high school, McGough participated in FFA. As an FFA member, he raised boars, showed steers, participated in public speaking projects, and sang in the FFA Quartet.

Shortly after graduating from the University of Georgia in 1977, McGough began working at Georgia Farm Bureau in the Field Services Department. After a brief stint at the organization’s state offices, he moved to GFB’s 10th District and was the district field representative. McGough briefly left GFB to work in agriculture research for DeKalb Seed in Edenton, North Carolina, but soon returned to GFB as a commodity specialist in the Commodities/Marketing Department in 1980.

In 1986 Don was named assistant director of the department and he was promoted to department director in 1997. McGough worked for six GFB Presidents: Emmett Reynolds, Bob Nash, Mort Ewing, Wayne Dollar, Zippy Duvall and Gerald Long. After 20 years as department director and 37 years of service to Georgia Farm Bureau, McGough retired on March 30.

“I relied heavily on Don’s leadership working with not only row crops but all commodity areas,” Duvall said. “I could always count on his professionalism and discretion when representing our organization with outside groups. Don was also an important part of the American Farm Bureau Farm Bill task force as we prepare for the 2018 Farm Bill.”

From livestock to specialty crops and row crops, at some point in his distinguished career McGough worked with all the various commodity groups. His greatest accomplishment as Commodities/Marketing department director was building excellent relationships with external agricultural organizations and the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commissions. Providing a reliable link to these external groups back to Georgia Farm Bureau helped all aspects of the industry thrive.

“I’ve always said that if I was in any county in the state and had a flat tire or needed anything, I knew someone well enough I could call,” Don said. “Building relationships through Farm Bureau not only gave me professional contacts, but gave me some good friends.”

McGough was the recipient of the Georgia Peanut Commission’s Special Award in 2017 for his contributions to the peanut industry. He was recognized by the Georgia Aquaculture Association for his efforts to help establish that group in the early 1990s. He is past president of the Georgia Ag Economics Association. McGough was also instrumental in the formation of the Georgia Farm Bureau Certified Farm Market program in 1986.

McGough is an avid fisherman and a certified “Memphis in May” barbecue judge. He is a longtime member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Bolingbroke and was recently selected to serve as a deacon.

GFB is a membership-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving as the voice of Georgia farmers and rural Georgia since 1937. GFB, Georgia’s largest farm organization, promotes Georgia commodities and offers legislative representation to ensure Georgia’s farming future. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, state and national activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors.

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Apr. 5 – Rep. Matt Hatchett’s bill on Solar Power Generation tax advantages on family farms passes

By Lou Phelps, Dublin Business Journal

April 5, 2017 – On of Lauren County's legislators, Dublin’s State Rep. Matt Hatchett (pictured), was the lead sponsor of House Bill 238 which expanded the State’s definition of a ‘family farm,’ and provided for ad valorem tax advantages when land is used for solar power generation, or non-profit conversation uses.

The bill also added, “Mineral exploration of the property subject to the covenant or the leasing of the property subject to the covenant for purposes of mineral exploration if the primary use of the property continues to be the good faith production from or on the land of agricultural products.

And, the bill allows for “all or part of the property subject to the covenant to lie fallow or idle due to economic or financial hardship if the owner notifies the board of tax assessors on or before the last day for filing a tax return in the county where the land lying fallow or idle is located and if such owner does not allow the land to lie fallow or idle for more than  two years of any five-year period.” 

HB 238 also addresses property that qualifies for a bona fide conservation use “being transferred to a place of religious worship or burial or an institution of purely public charity if such place or institution is qualified to receive the exemption from ad valorem taxation provided for under subsection (a) of Code Section 48-5-41. No person shall be entitled to transfer more than 25 acres of such person's property in the aggregate ….” 

Leasing a portion of a property - but in no more than six acres - for the purpose of placing a cellular telephone transmission tower, “shall be subject to ad valorem taxation at fair market value,” the bill clarifies.

And a fun part of the bill, is a reduction in ad valorum taxes for “Allowing all or part of the property subject to the covenant on which a corn crop is grown to be used for the purpose of constructing and operating a maze so long as the remainder of such corn crop is harvested; and Allowing all or part of the property subject to the covenant to be used for agritourism purposes.”

Agritourism means charging admission for persons to visit, view, or participate in the operation of a farm or dairy or production of farm or dairy products for entertainment or educational purposes or selling farm or dairy products to persons who visit such farm or dairy, the bill explains.

And, the tax covenant allows for “all or part of the property which has been subject to a covenant for at least one year to be used as a site for farm weddings.”

The Definition of a Family Farm

And, the bill provided further definitions of a ‘family farm.’  The language in the bill reads:

“An estate of which the devisees or heirs are one or more natural or naturalized citizens;  A trust of which the beneficiaries are one or more natural or naturalized citizens;  A family owned farm entity, such as a family corporation, a family partnership, a family general partnership, a family limited partnership, a family limited corporation, or a family limited liability company, all of the interest of which is owned by one or more natural or naturalized citizens related to each other by blood or marriage within the fourth degree of civil reckoning, except that, solely with respect to a family limited partnership, a corporation, limited partnership, limited corporation, or limited liability company may serve as a general partner of the family limited partnership and hold no more than a 5 percent interest in such family limited partnership, an estate of which the devisees or heirs are one or more natural or  naturalized citizens, or a trust of which the beneficiaries are one or more natural or naturalized citizens, or an entity created by the merger or consolidation of two or more entities which independently qualify as a family owned farm entity, and which family owned farm entity derived 80 percent or more of its gross income from bona fide conservation uses, including earnings on investments directly related to past or future bona fide conservation uses, within this state within the year immediately preceding the year in which eligibility is sought; provided, however, that in the case of a newly formed family farm entity, an estimate of the income of such entity may be used to determine its eligibility.”  

The full text of the bill can be found at

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Apr. 16 - Perdue Farms’ Perry associates make record donation to United Way of Central Georgia

Dublin Business Journal Staff Report
April 16, 2017 - Associates from Perdue Farms’ operation in Perry recently presented a record $164,266 in support of the United Way of Central Georgia. The contribution included $148,671 in associate contributions and a $14,867 grant provided by the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms. Perdue employs 2,423 associates in Perry.
“We are happy to continue our support for the United Way and salute the compassion of our associates to lend a helping hand,” said Wally Hunter, Perdue director of operations.  “We’re strong supporters of United Way because we believe it offers one of the best opportunities to maximize our charitable giving in the community.”
The Perdue campaign allowed associates to use a simple payroll deduction process to individually support United Way and its partner agencies in Houston and Peach counties.
“Perdue and their associates have increased their giving by 91 percent over the past two years, an incredible testament to their passion for helping those in need in our community,” said George McCanless, president and chief executive officer of United Way of Central Georgia. “In addition, with their campaign this year they have now exceeded one millon dollars in their cumulative support of United Way. On behalf of our partner agencies and the tens of thousands of lives that have benefited from their generosity, we extend to the men and women at Perdue our deepest heartfelt thanks.”
About The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of the founders’ belief in supporting the communities where and with whom they do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work.  
The Perry plant has over 1,800 employees. 
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Mar. 24 - Georgia Pecan Producers to Vote on Continuation of Assessment for Market Order

Dublin Business Journal Staff Report

March 24, 2017 - Georgia pecan producers currently have the opportunity to vote on renewing the grower assessment, which funds the Georgia Corn Commission, but there's only one week left to participate.

The current assessment is set at one cent per pound. The Commission is charged by law with providing programs of research, promotion and education on behalf of Georgia pecan producers.  

Most of the funds received by the Georgia Pecan Commission are committed to research projects conducted by the University of Georgia and Agriculture Research/USDA regarding issues related to pecan production to provide producers with the latest information and production techniques. Some of the research projects funded included: diseases such as scab, insect control, plant breeding, variety trials, health benefits, and cultural practices. The Georgia Pecan Commission also funds projects for promotion of Georgia Pecans in various markets. 

Voting by eligible pecan producers with more than 30 acres will take place from March 1st to March 30th. Growers should receive a voting ballot in the mail and must sign the back of the envelope for it to be valid.

Any unsigned ballot envelopes will not be counted. If a grower does not receive a ballot, please contact the Georgia Corn Commission or the Georgia Department of Agriculture in Atlanta 404-586-1405. 

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