The Agriculture Commissioner is head of the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Established in 1874, the department’s mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce.
The department has more than 600 employees. Units within the department are: Administration, Animal Industry, Food Safety, Fuel & Measures, Laboratories, Plant Industry, and Marketing.
The Georgia Department of Agriculture regulates, monitors, or assists with the following areas: grocery stores, convenience stores, food warehouses, bottling plants, food processing plants, pet dealers and breeders, animal health, gasoline quality and pump calibration, antifreeze, weights and measures, marketing of Georgia agricultural products domestically and internationally, pesticides, structural pest control, meat processing plants, seed quality, Vidalia onions, state farmers markets, plant diseases, nurseries and garden centers, fertilizer and lime, potting soil; feed, boll weevil eradication, apiaries, Humane Care for Equines Act, bottled water, and other responsibilities.
Fred Swann graduated from Central High School in Macon and Mercer University and later received his MBA from Wesleyan College. He is married to Rebecca and together they have two children. In 2014, he was elected to represent all of the counties in the 8th Congressional District as the Congresssional District chair to the DOG Executive Committee.
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