South Carolina Fruit Grower James Cooley Named Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year for 2013

(Moultrie, Ga.)—South Carolina peach and strawberry grower James Cooley, who built a beautiful farm that has become an agricultural tourism destination, has been selected as the overall winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award for 2013. Cooley was named as the overall winner during the Willie B. Withers Luncheon held [...]

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Local Vendors Coalition Helps Farmers Break Even

Local Vendors Coalition (LVC) has helped countless farmers take their farm from “break-even” to a profitable operation by helping farmers with all the logistical headaches (transportation, paperwork, etc.).  LVC will work with farmers of any size, from big to small, and is expected to generate $1,000,000 for local farmers in 2014. To help you and other farmers, [...]

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Going for a Spin at the 2013 Sunbelt Expo

Rather than just slam doors and kick tires, visitors to the 36th Sunbelt Expo will be able to slip into the front seat and get an up close and personal driving experience during test rides on specially designed tracks both inside the exhibit grounds and in the field demo area. Visitors can put pickups, ATVs, [...]

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Longtime University of Georgia Extension agronomist John Woodruff has been selected as the newest judge for the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year

Longtime University of Georgia Extension agronomist John Woodruff has been selected as the newest judge for the prestigious Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year awards. Woodruff, from Tifton, Ga., will join John McKissick, University of Georgia agricultural economist from Athens, Ga., and farmer Brian Kirksey of Amity, Ark., in visiting the farms of [...]

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SCOTT TRAVIS NAMED 2013 KENTUCKY FARMER OF THE YEAR

Being flexible has paid off for Scott Travis of Cox’s Creek, Ky. His farming operation has evolved over the years, from an early emphasis on livestock to a current focus on crops—burley tobacco, corn, soybeans, wheat, hay, straw and pumpkins. As a result of his success as a diversified crop farmer, Travis has been selected [...]

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LIN JONES NAMED 2013 VIRGINIA FARMER OF THE YEAR

Beef producer and broiler grower Berkley Linwood “Lin” Jones of New Canton, Va., is a community leader. His work in improving beef genetics, saving money on buying mineral feed supplements and in cooperative value-added marketing of beef calves has gained nationwide attention while adding countless dollars to the value of cattle sold from his farm [...]

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WILBUR EARP NAMED 2013 NORTH CAROLINA FARMER OF THE YEAR

A farmer for more than 60 years, Wilbur Earp of Winnabow, N.C., pioneered in raising hogs indoors. He has developed an extensive beef, pork and row crop farm. He also used estate planning experts to ensure his farm will be a viable business for years to come. As a result of his success as a [...]

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PHILLIP DeSALVO NAMED 2013 ARKANSAS FARMER OF THE YEAR

Phillip DeSalvo of Center Ridge, Ark., embraced a ground-floor opportunity to develop a new breed of cattle called Ultrablack. DeSalvo has persevered despite adversities such as drought, a devastating tornado and losing a contract to grow broiler chickens. His Big D Ranch is now recognized as a top source for both purebred and commercial beef [...]

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WILL HARRIS NAMED 2013 GEORGIA FARMER OF THE YEAR

Fourth generation farmer Will Harris of Bluffton, Ga., developed his White Oak Pastures into the largest organic farm in Georgia. He added job-generating meat processing to the farm and has become a provider of high-quality natural meat products to upscale grocery stores and restaurants. As a result of his success as an organic farm owner [...]

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ABBOTT MYERS NAMED 2013 MISSISSIPPI FARMER OF THE YEAR

Abbott Myers of Dundee, Miss., went to college to become an aeronautical engineer. Those plans changed one year when his father required eye surgery and called Abbott home to manage the family farm. He so enjoyed the decision-making of farming, he changed his major to ag engineering, and the next year started growing soybeans on [...]

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