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• The state award winners were honored for the programs they conducted this past year to promote agriculture.
THE GEORGIA Farm Bureau Federation honored county Farm Bureaus for promoting agriculture and individual members for personal achievement during the organization’s 73rd annual convention. Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall (back row, far right) congratulates the 2011 GFB award recipients (front row seated, L-R): Sandra Jones accepting on behalf of Clayton county, Phyllis Boyd of Berrien County, Vicky Grizzle and Nichelle Stewart accepting on behalf of Cherokee County Farm Bureau, Dianne Elkins of Henry County, Sara Ervin of Jackson County and Julie Carlton with daughter, Jersey, of Polk County (back row, L-R), Thomas Harrell accepting on behalf of Madison County, Brent Galloway accepting on behalf of Newton County, Charles Crumbley accepting on behalf of Greene County Farm Bureau, Edd Harris accepting on behalf of Crawford County Farm Bureau and Chad Carlton of Polk County.
Other finalists in the GFB Young Farmer Achievement Contest were Chris and Marilynn Hopkins of Toombs County and Cody and Lora Lord of Laurens County.
The Hopkins grow cotton, watermelons, peanuts, wheat, corn and pecans.
The Lords grow cotton, wheat, corn, soybeans, hay, peanuts and canola. The two finalist couples received a $250 cash award.
Sara Ervin of Jackson County won the Young Farmer Discussion Meet and will enjoy an expense-paid trip to the AFBF Convention in Hawaii to compete for national honors. Other finalists included Kyle Dekle of Habersham County, Skye Gess of Oconee County and Troy Windham of Laurens County. During the discussion meet, the contestants discussed the role, if any, agriculture should play in addressing health and obesity issues.
Ervin received a $500 cash award, courtesy of Georgia Farm Bureau, and an Arctic Cat 500 all- terrain-vehicle courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance. The three finalists each received a $350 cash award from SunTrust Bank.
Other state awards presented included: Outstanding Promotion & Education Award and Outstanding Women’s Leadership Award both received by Cherokee County Farm Bureau; Outstanding Legislative Award received by Newton County Farm Bureau; Outstanding Young Farmer Committee Award received by Madison County Farm Bureau; Outstanding Member Services Award received by Clayton County Farm Bureau and New Farmer Member Award received by Johnson County Farm Bureau.
Phyllis Boyd, Berrien County Farm Bureau office manager, received the organization’s Outstanding Secretary Award. Boyd was recognized for her professionalism and for her work to promote agriculture and Farm Bureau in her local community.
A native of Berrien County, Boyd has been employed with Berrien County Farm Bureau since April 2009. Boyd, who has always lived on a farm, says her involvement with the community and working with farmers to keep them informed of what Farm Bureau offers them through their membership are her favorite aspects of her job. She and her late husband, Martie, have two children, Jennifer and Levi.
Founded in 1937, the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general farm organization. The organization has 158 county chapters. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, district and state activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors. GFB also has 20 commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major commodities grown in Georgia.