Georgia Department of Agriculture

About Georgia Department of Agriculture

Georgia Department of Agriculture was established in 1874. We are the oldest state department of agriculture in the U.S. We are not a branch of USDA.
The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce.

The department has 659 employees under the leadership of Commissioner of Agriculture Tyler Harper. Units within the department are: Administration, Animal Industry, Food Safety, Fuel & Measures, Laboratories, Plant Industry, and Marketing.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture regulates, monitors, or assists with the following areas: grocery stores, convenience stores, food warehouses, bottling plants, food processing plants, pet dealers and breeders, animal health, gasoline quality and pump calibration, antifreeze, weights and measures, marketing of Georgia agricultural products domestically and internationally, pesticides, structural pest control, meat processing plants, seed quality, Vidalia onions, state farmers markets, plant diseases, nurseries and garden centers, fertilizer and lime, potting soil; feed, boll weevil eradication, apiaries, Humane Care for Equines Act, bottled water, and other responsibilities. The department publishes a bi-weekly newspaper: The Farmers and Consumers Market Bulletin, which is available online as well as in printed form.
All Georgians are served by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.


Animal Feed Program Intern

May 2021 - July 2021 Atlanta, GA
“I liked how welcoming the entire department was. The division I interned for, Agricultural Inputs, kept me busy with projects that I was able to apply to my studies. I had the ability to shadow anything I was interested in, and the intern coordinators gave us ample opportunities to explore the Department as a whole. ”

Operations intern

May 2017 - August 2017 Atlanta, GA
“The networking between multiple divisions of the department was incredible. There was also a certain level of independence that I wouldn't have expected in an internship.”
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