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Skaggs: Farmers will be honored Nov. 13
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The annual Hall County Farm City Week Breakfast is set for 7:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at the East Hall Community Center. The event, coordinated by the Hall County Cooperative Extension and Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, will feature Wes Sarginson, a well-known Atlanta broadcaster. A complimentary breakfast will be served. Reservations are required.

For many years, the Hall County Extension Service and the Hall chamber have coordinated the breakfast in observance of National Farm City Week, the third week in November each year. During the week, local farmers and those working in agriculture and agribusiness are honored and encouraged to build strong relationships between our rural and urban community and our city businesses and leaders. We recognize these hardworking individuals and companies who help spur our economic prosperity and feed our country, state, country and the world.

The purpose of the Hall County Farm City Breakfast is twofold: to highlight the impact of agriculture and agribusiness in Hall County and to educate and enlighten the entire community on the importance of agriculture to Hall County and the state of Georgia.

Wes Sarginson joined the 11Alive news team in 1997 and served as co-anchor of 11Alive News. His broadcast career spans more than 41 years. He began in television in the 1960s in Montgomery, Ala. Following that, he worked in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Tampa, Fla., and spent six years as an anchor at WSB-TV in Atlanta. Throughout the years, Sarginson has received numerous awards and honors, including eight Emmy awards, five awards from United Press International and seven from The Associated Press. Aside from broadcasting, Sarginson wrote a book, "Fast Eddie Watkins," published in 1982, and he served as a 1st lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

The breakfast sponsor is Jackson EMC. Other sponsors include Cargill, United Community Bank, SunTrust, Crystal Farms, Hall County Farm Bureau, Jaemor Farms and Mar-Jac Poultry. The program will begin at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and should conclude by 9 a.m. Please join us Nov. 13 as we recognize Hall County’s top industry — agriculture.

For more information or to RSVP, call the extension office at 770-535-8293. Farmers, agribusiness leaders, and local residents interested in agriculture are invited to attend.

Billy Skaggs is a Hall County extension agent. He can be reached at 770-531-6988. His column appears biweekly and at

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