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Posted: November 25, 2012 1:30 a.m.

Farm Bureau captures historic moments

The Newton County Farm Bureau capture the historic growth of agriculture in the county through videography. They travel aback when the bureau was first housed at the Newton County Court House, the Fowlers house located off Floyd street, to its current location just east of Covington off of Highway 278. This is one of the most memorable events in the history of the Newton County Farm Bureau. The programs sheer purpose is to educate local residents on the importance of agriculture. They have been a mainstay in local agriculture for many years, and are still going strong thanks to the efforts of local and state farm bureau activities. Throughout the duration of the video, residents will be able to capture historic events from local NCFB members, some of which joined in 1941 when the program was first established. Mort Ewing, a long time member since 1957 reflected on his time spent with the bureau, only holding 49 members at the time. It has since then increased to over 3,300 members. Brent Galloway, current NCFB President and member for over 20 years, also reflected on his time with the bureau. He started his own farm operation where he grew beef cattle, small grains, hay, and wheat straw after returning home from college. He was asked by then president Wayne Marks to serve as the Young Farmers Chairman in 1993. Galloway was elected county President in 1999. The NCFB make it their priority to educate the community on how agriculture affects everyone in their day to day lives with their Young Farmers Market, Women's Committee, and Legislative Committee. They each were made possible to educate hundreds of families in effort of their farm tours and local events. With the growth of agriculture, farming, and the NCFB in itself, it hones as the voice for agriculture in the community. Without an organization like the farm bureau, agriculture could be something of the past. Crystal Powell, Newton County Farmers Bureau Office Manager believes that the organization encompasses vital information residents should know.
"A lot of people don't know what they eat or where it comes from. It is important that they are educated," said Powell.
Powell has been with the NCFB for the past five years. The newlywed and her husband lease land for their beef cattle.
"The Newton County Farm Bureau has grown drastically since 1941. Even after 71 years, the farm bureau is still fighting for agriculture in Newton County and in Georgia. We have many different programs and events that we would love for everyone to be a part of, says Galloway."
To become a member of the Young Farmer's Market, Women's committee, or the Legislative Committee the cost is $25 per year. Members are then eligible to receive car rental and hotel discounts. For more information contact 770-786-7201.

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