Original photo of the founding members in 2016.
Includes Clay Lamar, Mitchell County; Mack Glass, Jackson County, Fla.; Joe Franklin, Bulloch County; Pam Clark, Brooks County, treasurer; David Lee, Bacon County; Kim Jones, Jefferson County, Fla., secretary; Lindy Savelle, Mitchell County, president); Andy Jackson, Taylor County, Fla., vice president. Not pictured: Trent Coggins, Lowndes County.
What began in 2013 in the Lowndes County University of Georgia extension office as a meeting to explore the possibilities of growing satsumas took shape in 2016 as a collective body of producers, vendors and researchers intending to develop and promote citrus as a competitive and economically sustainable agricultural commodity in the Southeast United States, according to the press release.
In October 2016, this group established the Georgia Citrus Association, a non-profit organization with the purpose to progress the citrus industry through educating others, conducting research, ensuring quality standards and marketing aggressively through the association.
Upon formation, the GCA adopted proposed by-laws, elected a board of directors, elected officers and began accepting membership applications.
The GCA membership is open to anyone related to the citrus industry in Georgia, North Florida, and south Alabama.
As noted during the GCA inaugural meeting, “It’s great to be pioneers of an industry that will truly help the agricultural economy.”