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Skaggs: Agriculture breakfast to honor Hall farm standouts
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Many may find it hard to believe, but agriculture is among the largest industries in Hall County. Hall County agriculture accounted for more than $260 million in farm income in 2009. And in Georgia, agriculture is the No. 1 industry by far, representing more than $10 billion in farm income in 2009.

Hall County agriculture is more than just cows and chickens. Certainly poultry and cattle make up a significant portion of Hall County’s farm income, however, other commodities such as corn, hay, nursery and greenhouse production, dairy, fruits, vegetables, wheat, Christmas trees, goats, horses, and agritourism all contribute to the county’s total farm income.

An effort to recognize individuals who have contributed greatly to field of agriculture and agribusiness, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce and Hall County Cooperative Extension are playing host to the 15th annual Agribusiness Recognition Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the East Hall Community Center.

The awards to be presented include:

  • Friend of Agribusiness, to an individual who has consistently promoted agribusiness and agriculture in Hall County. 2009 Winner: Alan Wayne.
  • Outstanding Agribusiness, to a member of the agribusiness community who demonstrates significant presence and progress in this area. The agribusiness must have been in operation for at least five years to qualify for this award. 2009 Winner: Crystal Farms.
  • Farmer of the Year, an individual or family whose farm is a model for others and who has made significant a contribution to agribusiness and community services. 2009 Winner: Benny London.
  • Ag Hall of Fame. This award is given each year (living or deceased) in recognitions of sustained contributions to Hall County agriculture and agribusiness. 2009 Winners: Dr. Fred Ingle, Rogers Head, Tommy Irvin.

The breakfast is sponsored by Jackson EMC; awards are sponsored by Mar-Jac Poultry. Other contributors making this event possible include Ag Georgia Farm Credit, Chandler Equipment, Crystal Farms, Hall County Farm Bureau, Hall County Soil & Water Conservation District and Jaemor Farm Market.

The program will begin at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and should conclude by 9 a.m. Please join us Wednesday as we recognize Hall County’s top industry, agriculture and those who make it great!

For more information or to RSVP, call the Extension office at 770-535-8293. Farmers, agribusiness leaders, government & community leaders, and all 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.

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