By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 18, 2019
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Georgia Agriculture Week kicked off Monday in Lowndes County.
State and local leaders gathered at the Lowndes County Administration Building Monday afternoon. The event was an opportunity for the community to thank local farmers and get a taste of Georgia Grown products.
The week-long celebration is put on by the Georgia Department of Agriculture to honor the state's leading industry.
Georgia Beer Co. in Valdosta is one local business embracing and supporting local products. From basics to brew, everything in Georgia Beer Co. kegs comes from the Peach State. Brewery owner Chris Jones said they are creating a circle of life for local products.
"Raw ingredients that go into the beer, the beer that's sold and consumed in Lowndes County, to the byproduct of that given to local farmers," Jones said. "We really wanted that community to exist, and we've seen not only the community embrace us, but we've had plenty of opportunities to embrace the community."
The brewery is one example of why state leaders are celebrating Georgia Agriculture Week.
"We've just got to support our farm to table, it's just very important," said First Lady Marty Kemp.
Georgia Beer Co. is using hops to help others in the community.
"We felt that was really important, not only to stay true to who we were and to make those really good external partnerships, but just to promote small business that's doing big things," Jones said.
Georgia Ag Week is in its third year. Events will be going on all week to celebrate Georgia Grown.
On Monday, Kemp announced that all products at the Governor's Mansion will be Georgia Grown.