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Georgia farmers gather for convention

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JEKYLL ISLAND, GA (WTOC) -

Farmers like Danny Sapp filled the hall of the Jekyll Island Convention Center to talk about the future of agriculture in Georgia. The Georgia Farm Bureau is holding its 75th annual convention this week.

"This is where ideas begin. This is the first step in getting our voice where it needs to be," said Sapp, a farmer from Toombs County. "It's probably more important than any of us realize."

Farmers and delegates from all 159 Georgia counties attend the convention. They hear updates on the group's membership and finances. But they also hear what the group is doing to influence laws and police in Atlanta and Washington.

"This meeting is crucial for us to come together from across the state from different commodities and to unify on major issues like estate taxes, income taxes, water use, and other matters," explained Georgia Farm Bureau president Zippy Duval.

Duval said the group looks out for the interests of farmers, not to make them wealthy, but to help keep family farms solvent and in business to protect America's economy and more.

"If you see what other countries have been able to do to us with regards to gasoline, imagine what they could impose on us if someone else controlled our food supply," he added.

The convention wraps up Tuesday.

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