Mollie's Agriculture Agenda... If you don't know, now you know...


Mollie Beaver’s Agricultural Agenda
Greetings!
Have you ever stood in line for free food? Where what you get is what you got and you might get to swap? But you might not?! Let's help to support initiatives that support farmers and their immediate communities. 
This is a living document outlining the first 10 initiatives for our first 100 days in office. 

 

  1. Simplify Georgia’s Agriculture Website;
  2. Expand the Georgia Grown Program;
  3. Expand the Feed School for a Week Program to Feed for a Year;
  1. Promote Youth and Young Adult Agriculture Programs with 4H;
  2. Provide Equity to farmers statewide; 
  1. Increase Georgia’s Agricultural GDP; 
  1. Create the Prison to Produce Program;  
  1. Strengthen and support regulations surrounding air and water quality;
  1. Support Clean Energy regulations.

 

  1. Simplify Georgia’s Agriculture Website
  • Streamline website and make it more user-friendly with larger letter, more imagery, and simplification all around,
  • Create Mobile-User-Friendly Department of Agriculture Website, and
  • Provide updates to all farmers receiving notifications. 

 

  1. Expand the Georgia Grown Program
  • Create a Mobile Application connecting Georgia farmers more directly to the communities they serve,
  • Gives farmers up to date information regarding funding opportunities,
  • Farmers can receive direct funding through the app,
  • Farmers can make sales direct to consumer and direct to marketplaces,
  • Farmers can view insurance providers, legal help, water well help, irrigation help, and apply for disaster relief, and
  • Connect the Georgia Department of Agriculture to the Georgia Department of Human Services to make EBT purchases easy for farmers and customers receiving snap benefits.

 

  1. Expand the Feed School for a Week Program to Feed for a Year
  • Department of Human Services, Department of Education, and the Georgia Department of AG will pool resources to connect farmers to schools to teach agricultural practices and fresh food to students, and
  • Provide Farmers with the support to Feed Schools year-round with the help of the Department of Education.

 

  1. Promote Youth and Young Adult Agriculture Programs with 4H
  • We will work with schools and universities to provide a pathway for students to learn sustainable practices to become the next generation of Agriculturalists;
  • Promote the 1890 scholarship, and
  • Open and create new 4H contracts.  

 

  1. Streamline communication between Department of Human Resources and the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
  • Farmers will be able to be paid directly from customers with WIC Vouchers
  • This legislation will help to ensure that lactating mothers and their babies are provided with the extra food needed to help sustain their body and milk supply. 
    • “Studies show that mothers eating a well balanced diet of fruits, veggies, and protein and proper lactation support are able to breastfeed more successfully.” - WIC Resource Pamplet

 

  1. Provide equity to farmers statewide
  • Correspond with all Farmers licensed by Georgia’s Agricultural Department.
  • Ensure that resources available are available on a “Have-Not” basis.
  • Provide training and programs that help farmers integrate into the marketplace.
  • Fund trainings for Beginner Farmer Development Programs.
  • Create and promote networks that provide seed sharing and equipment sharing opportunities between farmers.

 

  1. Increase Georgia’s Agricultural GDP;
  • Partner with Land Grant Universities like Fort Valley State University and University of Georgia to streamline resources for beginner farmers.
  • Invest in specialty crops like medicinal herbs, hemp, apples, nuts, and berries while continuing to strengthen our Peanuts, Cotton, Free Range Chicken, and Timber!
  • We will set regulations that ensure that 10 trees are planted for ever 1 tree torn down with our partners at Georgia Forestry and 8 Billion Trees.
  • Identify native plants that need help increasing their population and promote programs to help propagate rare herbs like Goldenrod, Goldenseal, and Ginseng.

 

  1. Create the Prison to Produce Program;
  • Provide inmates with a better quality of life by teaching farming and agriculture practices that provides food to inmates and local community markets,
  • Provide alternative sentencing options for incarcerated folks and those who have been convicted of non-criminal offenses, and
  • Initiate Zero Waste initiatives to compost, recycle, and save seeds to plant at home after their sentence has been served.

 

  1. Strengthen and support regulations surrounding air and water quality;
  • Ensure that Watershed management companies are well equipped to test and clean our waterways using clean sources.
  • Initiate a quarterly clean up of all water sources like the Chattahoochee and Altamaha Rivers.

     

    1. Support Clean Energy regulations;
    • Initiate Zero Waste initiatives to compost, recycle, and save seeds to plant at home.
    • Ensure that gas prices are capped statewide,
    • Promote sustainable energy sources,
    • Create programs that teach businesses how to convert to clean renewable resources, and
    • Provide more incentives for agricultural companies using renewable energy sources.