DATE: Monday, October 23, 2023
CONTACT: Meghan Barwick, Public Information Officer
Telephone: (229) 671-2491
Nominations Now Open for 2023 Small & Larger Farmers of the Year
Lowndes County, Georgia: The Lowndes County Board of Commissioners and the Valdosta Lowndes Chamber of Commerce have partnered to host a Farmers Appreciation Breakfast for farmers in Lowndes and Echols Counties. The appreciation breakfast will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2023, at 7:30 AM at the Lowndes County Civic Center Building A, located at 2108 East Hill Ave, Valdosta, Georgia.
Agriculture is one of Lowndes County’s largest industries, and at the appreciation breakfast, a small and large farmer of the year will be named.
"The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber is thrilled to partner with Lowndes County Government and Georgia Grown to show our appreciation to the hardworking men and women who ensure that our state and country have the food and fiber we need to flourish,” said Christie Moore, President, Valdosta Lowndes Chamber of Commerce. Farming is a vital part of our local economy, and it is important that we do not take that for granted."
At the appreciation breakfast, Lowndes County and the Chamber of Commerce are honored to present awards to a small and larger Farmer of the Year. Nominations are currently being accepted, and the deadline to nominate a small and larger Farmer of the Year is Tuesday, October 31. The purpose of these awards is to recognize a farmer in Lowndes or Echols Counties who are outstanding leaders in agriculture and make tremendous contributions to the agriculture industry. This year’s keynote speaker will be Tyler Harper, Agriculture Commissioner of the State of Georgia.
Anyone may nominate a small and/or large Farmer. To be eligible to receive the award, a farmer must farm in Lowndes and/or Echols Counties.
- Small Farmer of the Year: A small farmer is considered someone who has earned an average (over the last three years) annual gross farm income of less than $200,000.
- Large Farmer of the Year: A large farmer is considered someone who has earned an average (over the last three years) annual gross farm income of more than $200,000.
“Lowndes and Echols Counties have a rich history of being two of the largest and most productive agricultural counties in Georgia, and we want to recognize farmers who work extremely hard daily to keep us clothed and fed,” said Bill Slaughter, Chairman, Lowndes County Board of Commissioners.
To nominate a farmer for small or large Farmer of the Year visit: https://business.valdostachamber.com/events/Details/2023-farmer-appreciation-breakfast-926697?sourceTypeId=Website.