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Newton County earns awards from Georgia Farm Bureau

Accepting Georgia Farm Bureau awards on behalf of Newton County are, from left, B.J. Marks and Keith Mitcham. (Special Photo)

Accepting Georgia Farm Bureau awards on behalf of Newton County are, from left, B.J. Marks and Keith Mitcham. (Special Photo)

The Georgia Farm Bureau Federation recently recognized the best of the organization’s volunteers and county chapters, including those in Newton County, during an awards program held Dec. 8 at the GFB 76th annual convention on Jekyll Island. The state award winners were honored for the programs they conducted this past year to promote agriculture.

“Recognizing our individual and county award winners is a highlight of our convention for me each year. Our county Farm Bureau volunteers have worked hard to educate their communities about Georgia agriculture by hosting farm tours, legislative events, and Ag in the Classroom activities to highlight the contribution farming makes to Georgia’s economy and in their communities,” GFB President Zippy Duvall said in a press release.

“I’d like to thank all of our volunteers for giving of their time to advocate for Georgia agriculture.”

Georgia Farm Bureau named a McKemie Award winner — the highest honor given to a county in recognition of its overall member programs — from each of its three membership categories. The Newton County Farm Bureau, whose president is Keith Mitcham, received the award in the 2,231 plus-member division.

The Newton County Farm Bureau also earned the Outstanding Young Farmer Committee Award.

The Georgia Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general farm organization. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, district and state activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors.