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What are some duties of the Georgia Department of Agriculture?

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The Georgia Department of Agriculture monitors, regulates or assists with a variety of consumer and agricultural interests and services. Consumer services include grocery stores, food processing plants and food warehouses. Agricultural services include meat processing plants, seed quality and farmers markets.

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There are seven units within the department as of 2015: administrative, animal industry, food safety, fuel and measures, laboratories, plant industry and marketing. The animal industry unit oversees topics ranging from equine health to poultry and livestock. The food safety unit monitors product recalls, manufacturing and the seafood market.

The fuel and measures unit tests samples of all motor fuels sold in Georgia. The fuels are tested for purity, performance and octane readings. The plant industry unit monitors seed, pesticides and fertilizer. This unit is responsible for facilitating the export of Georgia-grown products to states and nations throughout the world.

The marketing unit of the department promotes the agency's services and the state's agricultural products through "Georgia Grown" magazine, county fairs and farmers markets.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture was formed in 1874. The department is the oldest state department of agriculture in the United States. It is not a branch of the USDA.

Department employees serve under the Commissioner of Agriculture for the state of Georgia.

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