With over $75 billion in economic impact every year, agribusiness is Georgia’s leading industry.
in the U.S. for Blueberry Production
Acres of Operating Farmland
With long growing seasons, a favorable climate, and over 9 million acres of operating farmland in the state, Georgia is prime for growing and producing valuable agricultural commodities.
The state leads the nation in production of chickens, peanuts, pecans, blueberries and rye. And many companies – including Pilgrim’s Pride, Chick-fil-A, Coca-Cola and Tyson – source their products directly from Georgia farms and operations.
With an extensive logistics and supply chain infrastructure – as well as access to premier cold storage facilities – agribusiness companies in Georgia stay competitive and reach global customers and markets quickly and efficiently.
Your company’s success depends on recruiting, training, and retaining quality talent and skilled workers. Georgia is committed to providing agribusinesses with a strong pipeline of qualified labor.
More than 22,000 in farming, fishing, and forestry occupations
5th lowest private sector unionization rate in the nation (2.5% in 2017)
22 technical colleges on 85 campuses across the state offer training in automated manufacturing technology, robotics, and electrical control systems.
Georgia’s top-ranked programs and research in food safety and processing also directly benefit companies.
The Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia (UGA) works closely with the Atlanta-headquartered CDC and develops techniques to detect, control and eliminate disease-causing microorganisms and toxins.
UGA’s Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center helps companies develop and improve food products and processes.
Georgia Tech’s Food Processing Technology Division (FPTD) researches food quality and safety with emphasis on advanced imaging, sensor technologies, and robotics and automation systems.
Lanier Technical College’s ammonia refrigeration training program is one of only a few in the U.S. and is the official IARW-WFLO Ammonia Refrigeration Training Program.
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Georgia offers a robust rail and highway infrastructure and is home to the most traveled airport in the world (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport) and the fastest-growing port in the nation (Port of Savannah) – all of which keep companies moving, growing and thriving.
With the Port of Savannah, you get access to the largest single container terminal in North America and two on-terminal Class I railroads (Norfolk Southern and CSX) – making it is easy to transport your product across the U.S. and around the world.
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In Georgia, you can ensure speedy and efficient distribution of your products with access to 12 major distribution centers, 60+ warehouses, 100+ motor freight carriers, and extensive rail and highway systems.
Georgia’s extensive logistics line-up of distribution and warehousing companies strengthens your business’s reach to customers quickly and efficiently.
85% of the world’s top 3PLs operate in Georgia.
Within 30 miles of the Port of Savannah, more than 3 million sq. ft. of warehousing is available – the largest concentration of import distribution centers on the East Coast.
80+ cold chain facilities located in Georgia with almost 20 million sq. ft. of cold storage space.
On any given week, a combined 5.9 million tons of freight move across Georgia’s 1,200 miles of interstate highways, including I-75, I-85, I-95 and I-20, and 20,000 miles of federal and state highways.
With 5,000 miles of rail, Georgia has the most extensive rail system and largest intermodal hub in the Southeast. Georgia is served by two Class I railroads – CSX and Norfolk Southern – and 24 short-line companies.
The Georgia business tax environment benefits companies in so many ways. Our corporate tax rate has been kept low at 6% for 50 years*, and it’s based on one factor: your sales inside Georgia. Agribusiness in Georgia is eligible for a full sales and use tax exemption on agricultural equipment and production inputs through the Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption program (GATE). GATE is administered by the state’s Department of Agriculture, which identifies applicants as a qualified farmer or agricultural producer by issuing them a certificate of exemption.
*Effective January 2019, the corporate tax rate will lower to 5.75%.
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