The Newton County Farm Bureau was recognized recently during the Georgia Farm Bureau’s 3rd District Annual Meeting for its outstanding member programs.
Keith Mitcham is the NCFB president.
The NCFB Promotion & Education Committee, chaired by Sandi Mitcham, received the 2014 GFB 3rd District Outstanding Promotion & Education Award. The committee held three farm days at local elementary schools, reaching more than 2,000 students and 113 teachers with information about Georgia-grown products, farm animals, soil layers, ag careers and farm equipment.
The NCFB Women’s Leadership Committee, also chaired by Sandi Mitcham, received the 2014 GFB 3rd District Outstanding Women’s Leadership Committee Award. The committee hosted an educator workshop for 31 local elementary school teachers, who participated in hands-on activities on local farms each teacher received more than $100 worth of teaching materials for classroom use.
The NCFB Young Farmer Committee, chaired by B.J. Marks, received the 3rd District Outstanding Young Farmer Committee Award. The committee organized the Ag Day on the Square event on April 26. The event featured a tractor show, displaying antique and modern tractors, and was attended by more than 300 people.
NCFB also received a membership certificate, awarded to county Farm Bureaus that achieved growth in membership.
Keith McWaters, who runs a cattle and hay operation in Social Circle, received the 3rd District Young Farmer Achievement Award, which recognizes young farmers who derive the majority of their income from production agriculture.
The GFB 3rd District includes 14 county Farm Bureaus in west central Georgia.
Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization and has 158 county offices. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, state and national activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors. GFB also has 20 agricultural commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major crops and livestock grown in Georgia.