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Georgia is recognized around the world as a leader in the poultry industry. Poultry is the largest segment of Georgia agriculture and agribusiness. Chickens are the largest single agricultural commodity in the state, producing over $2.4 billion in farm income annually. The poultry industry is responsible for significant economic benefits for countless Georgians through farm income, processing and allied industries, and meetings and conventions.
Each year Georgia serves as a host to the International Poultry Trade Show, the largest poultry convention in the world.
Act of the Georgia General Assembly designating Georgia as the poultry capital of the world
April 8, 1995
STATE GOVERNMENT- GEORGIA DESIGNATED POULTRY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.
Code Section 50-3-70 Enacted.
No. 282 (House Bill No.1594)
To amend Article 3 of Chapter 3 of Title 50 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to other state symbols, so as to designate Georgia as the Poultry Capital of the World; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
WHEREAS, Georgia is recognized around the world as a leader in the poultry industry; and
WHEREAS, poultry is the largest segment of Georgia agriculture an agribusiness and chickens are the largest single agricultural commodity in this state, producing over $2,400,000,000.00 in farm income annually in this state; and
WHEREAS, the poultry industry is a major part of Georgia's economy, responsible for significant economic benefits for countless Georgians through farm income, processing and allied industries, and meetings and conventions, and pumps over $10 billion annually through the Georgia economy; and
WHEREAS, Georgia annually serves as the host to the International Poultry Trade Show, the largest poultry convention in the world, and this outstanding event brought over 24,000 visitors to Atlanta in 1995, including over 4,500 visitors from other countries, to view the exhibits of over 1,000 exhibitors; and
WHEREAS, eighty-six Georgia counties each produce over $1 million worth of poultry each year and Georgia and the states bordering Georgia produce 42 percent of the chickens produced in the United States; and
WHEREAS, on an average day, Georgia processes approximately 18 million pounds of chicken, with additional value added with the cut up and deboning of over 55 percent of such chicken and the further processing of more than 30 percent of such chicken; and
WHEREAS, Georgia has an average daily production of more than 8 million table eggs, nearly 5 million hatching eggs, and approximately 75 tons of turkey; and
WHEREAS, if Georgia were a country, it would be the fifth leading poultry country in the world.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:
Article 3 of Chapter 3 of Title 50 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to other state symbols, is amended by adding a new Code section at the end thereof, to be designated Code Section 50-3-70, to read as follows:
The State of Georgia is designated as the Poultry Capital of the World."
All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.
Approved April 8, 1995.
[Note: Because three separate bills were enacted at the 1995 session adding Code sec. 50-3-70, the General Assembly subsequently redesignated the Code section in this act as sec. 50-3-71.]
Ga. Laws 1995, pp. 365-366.
The law designating the State of Georgia as the official Georgia state 'Poultry Capital of the World' is found in the Georgia Code, Title 50, Chapter 3, Section 50-3-71.
TITLE 50 - STATE GOVERNMENT
CHAPTER 3 - STATE FLAG, SEAL, AND OTHER SYMBOLS
ARTICLE 3 - OTHER STATE SYMBOLS
§ 50-3-71 - Poultry Capital of the World
O.C.G.A. 50-3-71 (2010)
50-3-71. Poultry Capital of the World
The State of Georgia is designated as the Poultry Capital of the World.