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Farm Bureau, GCPS partner for agriculture education

SUWANEE -- This summer, the Gwinnett County Farm Bureau donated copies of a video on agriculture to Gwinnett County Public Schools.

The video, titled "Without Farmers, Georgia Can't Grow," highlights the diversity of Georgia agriculture by examining the many types of crops and livestock grown in the different geographical regions of Georgia, according to a news release.

With the permission of the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation, which produced the video, the school system is reproducing copies of the video and distributing it to its 77 elementary schools. The video will be shown in science and social studies classes.

"Agriculture not only produces food and clothes, but it also provides jobs, which is very important in our current economic situation," said Cecil Gober, the Gwinnett County Farm Bureau president.

According to the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, food and fiber production and related businesses represent the largest or second largest segment of all goods and services produced in two-thirds of Georgia's counties, Gober said.

"Since most children haven't had the opportunity to visit a real, working farm, this video brings the farm to them," Gober said. "Gwinnett County Farm Bureau appreciates the school system realizing the importance of teaching our children where their food comes from and working with us to educate the students about the importance of agriculture."