The Georgia Department of Agriculture was getting set to launch a revamped website, said Gary Black, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture.
“I challenged our folks early to get something going,” said Black, who succeeded the now-retired Tommy Irvin as commissioner Jan. 10.
The department was hoping the site would go live by late March, Black said.
“It will be breathtaking in its appearance, first of all,” Black said. “It will be more interactive. It’s going to be very functional. We’re going to introduce a front page video that will alternate a couple of times a month, to get people familiar with the farmers who will tell their stories.”
One of the sites features will be online licensing, Black said.
The department also is bringing in some new managers: Billy Skaggs, in the new position of chief operating officer; Jack Spruill, who replaced the now-retired assistant commissioner Bobby Harris as division director for marketing; and Sydne Moody, as policy adviser, to deal with legislative issues and serve as “the point person with the governor and legislature,” Black said. “In the past several employees were working on legislative issues.”
Also new is James Sutton as chief administration officer. He has beeen with the department for a long time and was moved into a new position.