A Lifetime of Service
Gary began his career with the Georgia Farm Bureau, leading the young farmer leadership development program.
Prior to becoming Agriculture Commissioner, Gary spent 21 years as president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council, a chamber-like organization representing all facets of Georgia’s food and fiber industry.
Committed to Georgians
Gary W. Black has transformed our state’s largest industry — improving performance and fiscal responsibility.
He has strengthened career paths for employees, helped local food systems flourish, and made great strides in the areas of safety, marketing, and technology for the benefit of every Georgian.
Gary has served on advisory committees for the United States Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Under his leadership, Georgia Department of Agriculture divisions for information technology, animal health, homeland security, and food safety have garnered national acclaim.
He has led innovation in domestic and international promotion through the renowned Georgia Grown branding program, helping Georgians start businesses and expand markets.
A Proven Leader
Gary Black is a Leadership Georgia Patillo Award recipient and the 2017 Georgia Trend Magazine Georgian of the Year.
He is a University of Georgia graduate, and a past president of the college's alumni society.
He and his wife Lydia, a former teacher, have two grown children, and welcomed their first grandson in 2020. They continue to raise commercial beef cattle on their family farm in Commerce, Georgia and serve together in various ministries at Maysville Baptist Church.