MACON, Ga. — The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture (GFA) has named Jennifer Farmer as its development associate.
“We’re excited to have Jennifer join the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture team,” said GFB President Tom McCall, who also serves as the chairman of the foundation board. “We’re proud of what the foundation has accomplished this past year under the direction of our Executive Director Lily Baucom, and we’re excited to see where Lily and Jennifer take us moving forward.”
The GFA’s mission is to prepare the next generation of Georgia leaders for success in agriculture. The foundation invests in the next generation of Georgia ag leaders through its programs, such as the Georgia Ag Experience mobile classroom and scholarship program for college, technical college and vet school students.
As the foundation’s development associate, Farmer will be responsible for researching and identifying new sources of funding including private, corporate and government grants for programs such as the Georgia Ag Experience, scholarships, apprenticeships and mental health research while continuing to build a strong network of individual donors to support GFA’s mission and fund operations.
A native of Greenville, Miss., Farmer grew up in the Mississippi Delta where one in every six jobs is in agriculture. She once worked at BASF’s agricultural research station as a pesticide field technician before moving to Georgia to attend college.
After earning her bachelor’s degree from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga., Farmer began her career in the nonprofit sector at the Georgia Press Association in Atlanta. Serving in several capacities throughout her 19 years at GPA, her responsibilities included developing membership programming, spearheading the Georgia College Press Association for collegiate journalists and managing the Georgia Press Educational Foundation’s efforts to fund scholarships and internships for journalism students.
Farmer next worked for the national nonprofit Acoustic Neuroma Association as director of programs and development for four years. She raised the organization’s fundraising profile and enhanced national awareness of acoustic neuroma, a rare type of brain tumor affecting one in every 100,000 people in the U.S.
“I am very excited to be a part of the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture and the Georgia Farm Bureau family. Lily and I are already working on new fundraising opportunities and creative ways to engage our supporters while spreading awareness of GFA’s work across the state,” Farmer said.
She and her husband, Michael, live in Cumming, Ga. with their two children.
To learn more about the foundation or to help grow Georgia’s greater agricultural community by making a donation to the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture, please visit www.gafoundationag.org.
–Georgia Farm Bureau