Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer. The state winner will be announced at the Georgia Peanut Farm Show on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Tifton, Ga. The award is sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission and BASF.
“BASF is honored to be a sponsor of the Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award,” says Dan Watts, District manager of Crop Protection Products. “We are committed to agriculture and bringing new innovative solutions to producers that will allow them to continue to be successful.”
The Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award is based upon the applicant’s overall farm operation; environmental and stewardship practices; and leadership, civic, church, and community service activities.
“We have so many young peanut farmers making a difference in their communities and I consider this awards program a great opportunity to recognize one young peanut farmer for their contributions to the agriculture industry,” says Armond Morris, chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC).
The award is open for any active Georgia peanut farmer who is not over 45 years of age, as of January 15, 2015. An individual may receive the award only once. There is no limit on the number of applicants from each county in Georgia.
Applications are due to the GPC office by Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. The award application is available online at the GPC Web site, www.gapeanuts.com, or by contacting Joy Crosby at 229-386-3690 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous winners include Randy Branch of Baxley, Ga.; James Hitchcock Jr. of Tennille, Ga., Brad Thompson of Donalsonville, Ga.; Greg Mims of Donalsonville, Ga.; Jim Waters of Blackshear, Ga. and Jimmy Webb of Leary, Ga. The award winner receives registration and hotel accommodations to attend the Southern Peanut Growers Conference in July and a sign to display at his or her farm.