With over $74 billion in economic impact every year, agribusiness is Georgia’s leading industry.
in the U.S. for Broilers, Hatching Eggs and Peanuts
Acres of Operating Farmland
Food, Fiber Production and Related Industry Jobs
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PRIME FOR AGRICULTURE
With long growing seasons, a favorable climate, and nearly 10 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 peanuts, eggs and boilers. 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.
Workforce and Education
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 399,200 food and fiber production and related industry occupations
- 3.6% private unionization rate (U.S. Census Bureau, 2020)
- 22 technical colleges on 88 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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Logistics and Infrastructure
Essential to success is a company’s ability to quickly and efficiently move product in and move product out. Ranked No. 1 for logistics and infrastructure (Area Development, 2020), 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.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is not only the world’s busiest and most efficient airport, but it also has the 12th largest air cargo hub in North America. The airport’s three cargo complexes provide more than 2 million square feet of warehousing.
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.
Georgia’s on-terminal rail facility, the largest in North America, and top-ranked interstate highway systems are designed to help you quickly move products across the nation.
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Distribution and Warehousing
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.
- The Port of Savannah has a greater refrigerated container capacity than any East or Gulf Coast terminal, with more than 2,000 reefer rack slots.
- 67 cold chain facilities located in Georgia with 189 million cubic square feet of space.
Ground Freight Transportation
Our top-ranked interstate highway system is designed to easily move products across Georgia and out to neighboring states. 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, keep companies moving quickly and efficiently.
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.
Georgia’s experienced economic development team is a major incentive, dedicated to producing positive results for businesses and identifying ways to reduce costs, ensure a skilled workforce and help businesses grow.
The fertile business environment here is rooted in a state government that makes it easy to do remove barriers to success, and the tax structure benefits companies in multiple ways. Georgia’s corporate tax rate of 5.75% is among the lowest in the nation, and it’s based on one factor: your sales inside Georgia. For example, 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.
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