Scotty Raines | Georgia Farmer of the Year 2022

Scotty Raines | Georgia Farmer of the Year 2022

Scotty Raines didn’t grow up on a farm, but his father kept a large garden at home. His mother, a beautician, had abeauty shop behind their house. So Scotty began his agrarian career by selling produce from the garden—tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and corn—to her...
Jerry Dakin | Florida Farmer of the Year 2022

Jerry Dakin | Florida Farmer of the Year 2022

Jerry Dakin’s family dairy farm was started by his dad, Romanus (Pete) Dakin, in Livermore, Maine in 1948. From a modest sixteen cows, the operation grew over the post-World War II years. When Pete Dakin returned from a trip down south in October 1963, he informed his...
Chris Sweat | Arkansas Farmer of the Year 2022

Chris Sweat | Arkansas Farmer of the Year 2022

Chris Sweat is a fourth generation farmer who grew up on a full-time poultry and cow/calf operation. His great grandparents started a beef and dairy farm, and his dad later established his own chicken and cattle operation. As a youngster, Chris was active in 4-H and...
Mark Byrd | Alabama Farmer of the Year 2022

Mark Byrd | Alabama Farmer of the Year 2022

Mark Byrd of Byrd Farms in Danville, Alabama, bought a used tractor and hay baler when he was only fourteen years old. Inspired by a FFA vocational ag class in high school, after graduation he planted 15 acres of rented land with soybeans while working a full-time...