Find the ‘Farmer of the Year’

Swisher Hosts Annual Award at Sunbelt Ag Expo

MOULTRIE, GA – Back to today’s opening of the 44th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo.

Where we found this year’s Swisher Southeastern Farmer of the Year.

This year’s Swisher Luncheon was packed.

Members of the Sunbelt Ag Expo committee welcomed Georgia’s Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, Governor Brian Kemp, and many others.

…And, Scotty Raines, Georgia’s Farmer of the Year who was proud to be a nominee for the Swisher Southeastern Farmer of the Year award.

“When I looked up last night at the presentation and saw my picture up on the screen it was kind of humbling. Very much so. Just a great honor to be nominated,” said Raines.

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Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp said he is optimistic of the future of agriculture in Georgia.

“Marty and I are looking forward to continuing to be working with you all. For all that you do every day for advocating for our family farmers, and for Georgia agriculture, and agriculture here in the southeast,” said Kemp.

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Georgia’s Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black received a surprising honor from Chip Blalock, Executive Director of the Sunbelt Ag Expo.

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This year’s Swisher Farmer Farmer of the Year was awarded to Robert Saunders of Virginia, who said he is “living the dream”.

“As daddy said, I’ve lived the dream, and I hope I keep living this dream for a long time. So, thank you for everything and for believing in me. And, the incredible class of people I’ve got to me. This is way, way, way more than I ever thought it would be,” said Saunders.

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This year’s Sunbelt Ag Expo wraps on Thursday.

For more information on the Sunbelt Ag Expo click here.