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Contents Fall 2010 • Vol. 15, No. 2

departments

Georgia couple cultivating hope in Afghanistan

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We, the Farmers ..................... 2

Georgia Farm Bureau members David and Donna Mull are currently in Afghanistan with the United States Department of Agriculture to help Afghans improve their growing practices and build trust between the new Afghan government and its constituents.

Member Services Update .......8

The Rock Ranch raises cows and fun

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In addition to raising cattle, The Rock Ranch in Upson County offers 20 different agritourism activities, including a collection of antique farm equipment, that give guests up-close encounters with farming. The farm, owned by Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy, also includes two foster homes that are part of Cathy’s WinShape Foundation.

Kid’s Corner............................14 Georgia Happenings..............26

All Georgia Farm Bureau members will

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receive the Georgia Neighbors. However,

Pictured from left, Rhonda Hitch, Andrew Brooks and Jamie Jones won first, second and third place respectively in the Georgia Egg Commission’s annual recipe contest. You’ll want to try their winning recipes!

if you are not a farmer-member and you’d also like to receive the Georgia Farm Bureau News, fill in this coupon and send it to: Georgia Farm Bureau News, P.O. Box 7068, Macon, GA 31209.

Questions about Member Services?

Picture Agriculture in Georgia Contest winners announced

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The six winners of our photo contest have been selected. Enjoy the top six photos and learn the story behind the pictures. Thanks to everyone who submitted a photo, and we hope you’ll enter again next year!

GFB Certified Farm Markets offer fall fun

If you’re looking for a fall outing for the family, make plans to visit a Georgia Farm Bureau Certified Farm Market. Many of the markets offer agritourism activities like corn mazes and sell apples or pumpkins.

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Legislative Update..................12

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Something’s Cooking

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Insurance Update . ................10

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(Photo by Vicki Franklin) This photo was one of the winners in our Picture Agriculture in Georgia Contest. Vicki shot this photo of her grandson on her farm in Baldwin County last year in October.

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FARM BUREAU’S

Zippy Duvall, President

To everything there is a season One of my favorite things about farming is watching the seasons change. After experiencing another long, sweltering summer, I’m ready to welcome fall and cooler temperatures. As a farmer, one of my favorite passages in the Bible is Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8. These verses talk about the cycle of life readily apparent every day on the farm. Verse one tells us, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Verse two continues: “A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.” These two verses describe farming in a nutshell. Everything on a farm happens according to the season, whether it’s the weather or the seasonal chores farmers do, like caring for livestock in the winter, spring planting, tending to crops and cutting hay in the summer or fall harvest. I realize many people reading this column are several generations removed from living on a farm. Maybe your grandparents or greatgrandparents farmed, and you’ve heard their stories, but you haven’t experienced farm life yourself. If it’s been a while since you were on a farm, or if you’ve never visited one, I encourage you to take your family on a field trip this fall to a farm near you to meet real farmers and see how food is grown. Many Georgia farmers sell their commodities direct to consumers and some have started opening their farms to the public and offering a variety of agritourism activities. To locate a farm that welcomes the public, visit Georgia Farm Bureau’s Web 2

site http://www.gfb.org, scroll over to Commodities at the top of the page and then click on Certified Farm Markets. You can also call 800-3421196 and request a copy of our GFB Certified Farm Market brochure. You can also keep up with our farm markets on Facebook for timely updates. Visit http://www.pickyourown. org/GA.htm if you don’t find a farm at our site. No matter which farm market you choose to visit this fall, I’m sure you’ll come home with a new perspective about farming and a priceless memory you made with your family. Consumers are increasingly expressing an interest in how and where their food is grown. GFB’s Certified Farm Market program helps connect farmers and consumers. Farm Bureau realizes consumers should have options to buy locally grown or organic food straight from the farmer if they choose, and we support these farms. But we also support farmers who produce food on a large scale to ensure there is enough food to keep our grocery stores well-stocked and to help feed the world. The farmers who grow the produce, meat, eggs and milk you buy at the grocery store care for their livestock, crops and land just as carefully as the farmers who open their farms to the public and sell directly to their customers. Farmers who sell their commodities commercially must meet numerous food safety requirements. Agriculture in Georgia is very diverse, and there’s room at the table for all types of producers because there are all types of markets and demands for food. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, the world will need to produce 70 percent more food to feed an additional 2.3 billion people by 2050. Thanks to modern farming practices agriculture is getting the job done. According to the See WE, THE FARMERS page 16

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SUBSCRIPTION RATES Farm Bureau Members: Included in dues — $1 per year OFFICERS VINCENT “Zippy” duvall, President GERALD LONG, 1st Vice President BERNARD SIMS, North Georgia Vice President ROBERT FOUNTAIN, Middle Georgia Vice President Wayne Daniel, Treasurer/ Corporate Secretary DUKE GROOVER, General Counsel DIRECTORS FIRST DISTRICT: J. Louis Hunt, LaFayette; Henry J. West, Rydal SECOND DISTRICT: Randy Ruff, Elberton; Bobby Gunter Dahlonega THIRD DISTRICT: George Chambers, Carrollton; Nora Goodman, Temple FOURTH DISTRICT: Marvin Ruark, Bishop; William Hutchins, Winder FIFTH DISTRICT: Jim Ham, Smarr; Ralph Adamson, Jr., Barnesville SIXTH DISTRICT: James Emory Tate, Denton; Jimmy Perry Jr., Cochran SEVENTH DISTRICT: Ben Boyd, Sylvania; Gennis Folsom, Glennville EIGHTH DISTRICT: Phil Redding, Bluffton; Don Wood, Rochelle NINTH DISTRICT: Paul Shirah, Camilla; Lucius Adkins, Elmodel TENTH DISTRICT: David Lee, Alma; Daniel Johnson, Alma YOUNG FARMER CHAIRMAN: Matt Bottoms, Molena WOMEN’S COMMITTEE CHAIR: Cathy Barber, Alma INFORMATION STAFF Paul Beliveau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director Jennifer Whittaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Editor Lillian Davis . . . . . . Publications Manager Jay Stone . . . . . . Publication/Web Specialist Michael Edmondson . Web/Video Manager Mark Wildman . . . . . . Radio-TV Specialist Dean Wood . . . . . . . . . Radio-TV Specialist Ryan Naquin . . . . . . . . Radio-TV Specialist Rick Treptow . . Senior Radio-TV Specialist Denny Moore . . . . . . . TV Anchor/Producer Vickie Amos . . . . . . . . Office Coordinator ADVERTISING POLICY All advertising accepted subject to publisher’s approval. Advertisers must assume liability for content of their advertising. Publisher maintains right to cancel advertising for non-payment or reader complaint about advertiser service or products. Publisher does not accept per-order, political or alcoholic beverage ads, nor does publisher prescreen or guarantee advertiser service or products. Publisher assumes no liability for products or services advertised in Farm Bureau’s Georgia Neighbors. For advertising rates and information, contact Linda Fuda at 513-307-7949 or lfudamedia@ rcn.com. Farm Bureau’s Georgia Neighbors was established in 1995. Copyright 2008 by the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation. Printed by Panaprint, Macon, GA. www.gfb.org

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Donna and David Mull are working to develop agriculture-based business in Afghanistan as a part of the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

Georgia couple cultivating hope in Afghanistan By Jay Stone __________________________________________________________________________ David and Donna Mull each had humble beginnings in agriculture. Growing up on a farm in Watson, Ark., Donna’s family had a cotton picker, but it could not reach the ends of the rows. So, she pulled a 10-yard

Back home, the Mulls ride horses and work to maintain horse trails in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

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sack and picked the cotton by hand. As a boy in Hayesville, N.C., David sometimes rode a mule to drive cattle to graze on his father’s land in the mountains of southwestern North Carolina. Those early experiences in agriculture provided the Mulls with unique training for their current assignment, working in Afghanistan as representatives of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service. The Mulls are the first husband and wife team deployed together in Afghanistan by the USDA. In March they arrived in Parwan Province, just north of the Afghan capital city of Kabul. Leaving their Oglethorpe County horse farm for the yearlong assignment has required some adjustments. Upon arriving in Afghanistan, the Mulls found themselves living in a hooch, an 8-foot by 18-foot shipping

container converted into living space. “We call it our crawl-in closet,” David said. They also found themselves in the midst of a set of dire circumstances resulting from three decades of armed conflict that have hurt all aspects of society in the central Asian country. “Coming in from the airport it was a shock to see the devastation and everything here,” said Donna, who ordinarily works as a human resource specialist in the USDA’s office in Athens. “I’d seen pictures and films, but to be actually sitting here amongst it and get a first-hand view of it … my sympathy went out to these people. You see different things going on.” David retired from the U.S. Army in 1991 and works as a rural business specialist out of the USDA’s Athens office. He knew they were going into a combat zone, but wasn’t fully prepared for what he encountered. “It just about took my breath,” said David, who served in Vietnam. “I said, ‘What have I gotten me and my wife into?’ It’s been many years since I’ve seen a country this disadvantaged or underdeveloped.” The Mulls encountered cultivation practices that bear greater resemblance to those from their childhood than to modern American agriculture. Farm implements like tractors and irrigation systems found on many American farms are uncommon, and growers in Afghanistan are limited by minimal storage capacity for their crops. Donna said Afghans often end up selling their crops to other countries only to buy them back later. The couple, who hold Farm Bureau memberships in both Georgia (Clarke County) and North Carolina, is attached to the Kentucky National Guard’s Agribusiness Development Team. They’re helping the locals improve their growing practices, but David said the work goes beyond that. They’ve handed out book bags and done other things to help promote education in Parwan and attempted to build trust between the new Afghan government and its constituents. “It just made you feel good to know that you could be a part of that See AFGHANISTAN page 21 Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2010


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GFB Mutual Insurance Company Annual Meeting of Policyholders The annual meeting of the policyholders of the Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company will be held Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at the Georgia Farm Bureau Building, 1620 Bass Road, Macon, Ga. 31210. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m.

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strive to meet your needs and resolve your claims as quickly as possible with as little hassle as possible. During the past two years, our claims department has worked steadily to improve our customer service. We have established a call center to take claims reports directly from you, our members, to ensure that your claims receive immediate attention. We have also streamlined our claims process by eliminating the requirement that members obtain multiple estimates for home and automobile repairs. Now, our claims representatives inspect the damage and immediately complete an estimate for the repair. Then, you are allowed to choose whomever you wish to repair your home or automobile. We will work with your contractor or repair shop to restore your property to the condition it was in before your accident. GFB uses two tools to measure the effectiveness of our customer service – cycle time reports and customer satisfaction surveys. These tools give us monthly results on how quickly we concluded a member’s claim and how the member felt about the way he or she was treated by our claims department. Cycle time reports, which are generated monthly, report the average number of days it takes to close a claim. This report measures our efficiency and promptness. Since 2008, the claims department has reduced the average time it takes to pay a claim by six days. We are currently closing more than 40 percent of our automobile damage claims in less than a week. Our department also seeks direct feedback on customer experiences from our members who have filed claims. This feedback provides us the best opportunity to identify and fix problems, retain loyalty and improve member satisfaction. We randomly

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select members who reported a claim in the prior month and ask them to take an 11-question customer satisfaction survey. The survey measures the courteousness, promptness and communications ability of our staff. We have seen a significant increase in member satisfaction since we began conducting the surveys. Our satisfaction scores have increased by more than seven percentage points in the last 18 months. Currently, 95 percent of the members we survey each month indicate they would recommend Georgia Farm Bureau to others based on the service they received while their claim was processed. Our improvement in customer service could be attributed to the restructuring and automation of our claims department, but I believe it is mostly due to the hard work, dedication and desire of our claims staff to treat our Farm Bureau members as we would want to be treated during a time of crisis. Georgia Farm Bureau’s motto is “Helping you is what we do best” and we remain committed to doing just that! Bobby Holton is senior director of claims for the Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company. Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2010


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Legislative Update Farm Bureau is local Former U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill once quipped, “All politics is local.” So is Farm Bureau. Before there was ever a state or national Farm Bureau organization, local Farm Bureau chapters were springing up all over the country. In 1939, the United Georgia Farmers affiliated themselves with the American Farm Bureau Federation and two years later changed the organization’s name to the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation. To this day, Farm Bureau is a local organization that operates under a decentralized governing and policymaking structure. A locally elected volunteer board of directors manages each county Farm Bureau, and every county organization has volunteer delegates who attend the annual Georgia Farm Bureau Convention. One of the main duties of voting delegates is to elect the organization’s president and board of directors, and each delegate is eligible to seek one of these offices. Another important function of the convention is the adoption of Georgia Farm Bureau’s official policy – our organization’s position on specific issues that affect farmers. County Farm Bureaus submit policy resolutions for consideration by the delegates. If the resolutions are adopted, they become part of Georgia Farm Bureau’s official policy. The implementation of policy is how Farm Bureau gets things done, and volunteer leaders play a key role. For example, Georgia Farm Bureau’s policy calls for farmer representation “on all committees, boards, and councils that impact the planning and use of water in Georgia.” A worthy goal perhaps, but it doesn’t just happen by itself. Somebody has to make it happen, and that’s what volunteers do. In 2008, county Farm Bureau presidents submitted names of farmers from their county who were willing to represent agriculture on one of 10 state

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regional water councils. Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall nominated those members submitted by the counties, and 46 were appointed to a regional water council. There are at least two Farm Bureau nominees on each regional water council. The length of the appointment is three years, and the members serve without salary or reimbursement of expenses. To date, the councils have held eight meetings and more are planned. Once Farm Bureau policy is adopted, it is the role of our state leaders and staff to facilitate it. However, it is volunteer members who make it work. Their willingness to take time away from their livelihood is the most important part.

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of meetings across the state. Farm Bureau members attended every meeting to express how tax changes would impact their farm. Some of these members were recruited by GFB to speak while others voluntarily showed up to offer their input, but in every case, they were volunteers. Every year, Georgia Farm Bureau holds a Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol event at the Freight Depot in Atlanta. Farm Bureau members from all over Georgia converge on the Capitol to show support for agriculture and Farm Bureau. The General Assembly is invited to the luncheon, and last February, speakers included Gov. Sonny Perdue and Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin. More than 700 people showed up for the luncheon. Most were volunteer

There is no advocate for agriculture so convincing as a farmer who has firsthand knowledge and experience on an issue. Another example is the public hearings held across the state by the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians. This council was created by the General Assembly’s passage of HB 1405. The 12-person council is evaluating Georgia’s tax code and making recommendations for changes. One of the members of the council is Skeetter McCorkle, a longtime active member of the McDuffie County Farm Bureau. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle appointed McCorkle, partly in response to a request by GFB President Zippy Duvall that the council have at least one member with a strong understanding of agriculture. Lt. Gov. Cagle’s decision to appoint McCorkle was an excellent choice, and Farm Bureau is proud of his service, but most people are surprised to learn that McCorkle is a volunteer. Despite the importance of the position and the daunting task with which this council is charged, it is a volunteer position – council members are not paid. The council recently held a series

Farm Bureau members who attended at their own expense. Some of them came from as far away as Waycross, Bainbridge, LaFayette and Blairsville. They came to voice the legislative positions of Georgia Farm Bureau. Georgia Farm Bureau’s Presidents to Washington trip involves taking 120 Farm Bureau leaders to the nation’s capital every year. While GFB pays for the airfare and accommodations, the members take three days away from their farms to discuss agricultural issues with the Georgia congressional delegation. Farm Bureau members participate in these activities because they believe their participation makes a difference, and they’re right. There is no advocate for agriculture so convincing as a farmer who has firsthand knowledge and experience on an issue. No lobbyist is as influential with a legislator as a well-informed constituent. After all, Farm Bureau, like politics, is local. Jon Huffmaster is director of the GFB Legislative Department. Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2010


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By Donna Rocker, Ag in the Classroom Coordinator, 1-898-1911, ext. 5365

Wood you believe?

According to the Georgia Forestry Commission, 24.8 million acres of Georgia’s 37 million acres of land area is forestland. Of this 24.8 million acres, 24.4 million acres is timberland available for commercial use – more than any other state in the U.S. The majority of Georgia’s timberland is owned by private individuals. Timber is one of Georgia’s top 5 agricultural commodities contributing $28.7 billion and 128,000 jobs into the state’s economy. Trees provide us with paper products, shelter, cleaner air and water, habitat for wildlife, and so much more! To learn more about this important Georgia commodity, match the words to the definition. See if you can find the terms in the Word Search. Source: Georgia Forestry Commission. www.gatrees.org 1 Peaches 2. Apples 3. Pecans 4. Pulpwood 5. Cellulose 6. Biomass 7. Habitat 8. Deciduous 9. Forestry 10. Renewable Resource

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By Jennifer Whittaker ontestants competing in the Georgia Egg Commission’s Annual Recipe Contest used their favorite movies as inspiration for original dishes that would make a movie star swoon. The theme for the 27th annual contest held May 5 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry was “Eggs Go Hollywood.” To be considered for the contest, recipes had to be original, serve at least four people, use at least four whole eggs, be prepared in 60 minutes or less and feature crackers as a main ingredient. Rhonda Hitch, of Kathleen, won the first place prize of $2,000 for her Bella Luna Savory Pie inspired by her favorite movie “Moonstruck.” Hitch put a unique spin on chicken alfredo and mushrooms by making a pie shell using angel hair pasta, Parmesan cheese and eggs. “I’m truly shocked to have been named the winner. I thought someone else had it this year,” Hitch said. “The idea for this recipe came from a basic pasta recipe I saw in Southern Living years ago that I’ve tweaked

through the years and made my own.” Andrew Brooks, of Byron, won the second place award of $850 for his “American Graffiti” Beef and Egg Burger, which featured a Black Angus beef patty, hash browns, a fried egg, cheese and bacon. “My idea was ‘If bacon, eggs and hash browns go together, why not combine them with a hamburger?’ ” Brooks explained. “I chose “American Graffiti” as my movie because there was a diner in it.” Jamie W. Jones, of Madison, captured third place and $650 for her “Gone With the Wind” Mini Praline Apple Bundt Cake, which included apples, carrots and pecans. “I wanted a recipe to feature a lot of Georgia grown products, and I picked the movie “Gone With the Wind” to complement my recipe,” said Jones, who prepared her dish dressed as Scarlett headed to the barbecue at Twelve Oaks. Other contestants were: Beth Boyd of Ludowici; Rachel Brooks of Bonaire; Jenna Chrisman of Conyers; Phil Herron of Rome; Betsy Podriznik of Lawrenceville;

1st place winner Rhonda Hitch

Karen Slaughter of Warner Robins and Virginia Webb of Clarkesville. Webb won Best of Show for the second consecutive year for the creativity with which she displayed her recipe. Webb dressed as an angel to prepare her recipe It’s a Wonderful Bread Pudding inspired by the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.” She won $100 for the award. Continued next page

Bella Luna Savory Pie 1st Place, Rhonda Hitch 1 tbsp. salt 7 oz. angel hair pasta 4 tbsp. butter, softened, divided ¼ cup onion, diced 1 small garlic clove, minced 4 oz. baby bella mushrooms, sliced 2 tbsp. white zinfandel wine 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated, divided 2 eggs, beaten 1 cup Mascarpone cheese, softened 1 (15 oz.) jar sun dried tomato Alfredo sauce 2 eggs, beaten ½ cup frozen spinach, thawed, 18

drained well 1 ½ cups chicken, cooked, skinned, boned ½ tsp. Italian seasoning 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper Salt & pepper to taste ½ cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded Smoked paprika Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon salt. Stir in pasta and return to a boil. Cook for 6 minutes. Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium high heat, melt two tablespoons butter. Add onion, garlic, mushrooms and then sauté. Add wine and let cook until wine has evapo-

rated. Drain pasta and return to pan. Briskly stir in 2 tablespoons of butter, ½ cup Parmesan cheese and 2 eggs. Press the pasta into the bottom and up the sides of a deep-dish pie plate. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Spread the Mascarpone cheese over the pasta. Mix together the Alfredo sauce, 2 eggs, spinach, chicken, ½ cup Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper to taste. Pour into pasta shell and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 6 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle Mozzarella and paprika on top of pie. Microwave for 3 minutes uncovered. Let cool for 10 minutes before cutting. Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2010

Photos by Denny Moore

Hollywood inspires egg recipes


Continued from previous page Georgia Egg Commission Executive Director Jewell Hutto announced the theme for the 2011 contest will be “Your Own Incredible Egg Recipe.” The Egg Commission is also changing the contest rules to allow previous first place winners to enter the contest. The top three winners of this year’s contest will not be

eligible to enter the contest until 2012. “We know there are people out there who can’t compete in contests once they win, and with so many contests being discontinued due to the economy, we want to give Georgia cooks an opportunity to produce recipes we can give consumers,” Hutto said. Copies of all ten recipes prepared in

the 2010 contest are available at no charge by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Winning Recipes, Georgia Egg Commission, P.O. Box 2929, Suwanee, GA 30024. Visit the Georgia Egg Commission Web site at www.georgiaeggs.org for more information about the 2011 contest. Visit GFB’s Facebook page to see more photos.

2nd Place, Andrew Brooks Makes 4 burgers 4 1/3 pounds Black Angus beef patties Jerk seasoning Garlic salt 8 slices horseradish cheese Vegetable Oil 3 cups hash browns, refrigerated ½ red bell pepper, diced ½ purple onion, diced Salt & pepper to taste 4 eggs 1 package pre-cooked bacon 4 buns Sprinkle Black Angus beef patties with jerk seasoning and garlic salt. Cook beef patties to desired doneness

using a griddle over medium high heat. While burgers are cooking, pour a small amount of oil at the opposite end of griddle. Cook hash browns, red bell pepper and diced onion. Add salt and pepper to the hash browns. Top cooked patties with two slices of cheese to melt. Remove burgers and set aside. Fry 4 eggs to desired doneness and sprinkle with jerk seasoning. Reheat bacon in microwave or on a hot griddle. Place hash browns equally on each bottom bun. Layer hash browns with a burger, fried egg and bacon. Spread pineapple mustard on top bun.

Photos by Denny Moore

American Graffiti Beef & Egg Burger

½ cup mayonnaise ¼ cup mustard 1 tsp. jerk seasoning 1 tsp. sugar Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.

Pineapple Mustard ½ cup crushed pineapple

3rd place, Jamie W. Jones Makes 12 cakes 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, room temperature ¼ cup sugar 1 egg, slightly beaten 2 cups all purpose flour 1 ¾ cups sugar 2 tsps. baking soda 2 tsps. cinnamon 1 tsp. salt 1 cup oil 3 eggs, slightly beaten 1 ½ cups apples, peeled, diced ½ cup carrots, shredded ½ cup pecans, chopped, toasted Sugared pecans for garnish Whipped cream for garnish Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Spray 12 fourinch mini-fluted bundt pans with cooking spray. Set aside. Mix cream cheese, sugar and egg in a medium bowl. Mix until well blended. In a large bowl, Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2010

combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add oil and eggs. Stir until well mixed. Fold in apples, carrots and pecans. Spoon ¼ cup of apple mixture into prepared pans. Next, spoon enough cream cheese mixture over apple mixture to cover. Carefully spoon another layer of apple mixture over cream cheese, filling pans ¾ full. Place pans on a baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until done. Allow cakes to cool slightly in pans before moving to a cooling rack. Pour praline icing over cakes allowing icing to drip down sides. Garnish with sugared pecans and whipped cream if desired. Praline Icing 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed ½ cup margarine ¼ cup milk 1 cup powdered sugar 1 tsp. vanilla

Photos by Denny Moore

Gone with the Wind Mini Praline Apple Bundt Cake

Bring sugar, margarine and milk to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. As icing starts to cool, it will thicken. 19


Clay Co. Farm Bureau receives Shining Star Award By Jeannie Alday ____________________________________ The Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company (GFBMIC) has presented its Shining Star Award to the Clay County Farm Bureau in recognition of the county receiving a #1 Excellent rating on their recent audit. This means Clay County Farm Bureau had no deficiencies in their insurance operating practices, which demonstrates Clay County Farm Bureau’s commitment to serving their members and being financially accountable to their membership. GFBMIC schedules internal audits of each county Farm Bureau office every 24 to 36 months. The purpose of these audits is to ensure that insurance related procedures within the county offices are being conducted according to company policy. This is a routine business practice and intended to provide GFBMIC management with confirmation that procedures are being conducted in accordance with their intentions.

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Pictured from right, Georgia Farm Bureau Field Auditor Joseph Shoultz presents Clay County Farm Bureau Agent Mac Cox and Office Manager Ann Gay with the Shining Star Award.

The Shining Star Award is a traveling award that is presented to the county Farm Bureau office that has received the most recent #1 Excellent rating on their audit. The GFB Mutual Insurance Company is the state’s largest domestic property/casualty

insurance company. Jeannie Alday is the director of the Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance Companies’ Internal Audit Department. She has earned the following insurance designations: CIA, CISA, CFE, ARM and AINS.

GFB offers scholarships to high school seniors Georgia Farm Bureau will award a total of $14,250 in scholarships to 10 high school seniors who plan to pursue an undergraduate degree in agricultural and environmental sciences, family and consumer sciences or a related agricultural field. The top three students will each receive a one-time scholarship of $3,000. The remaining seven students will each receive a one-time $750 scholarship. The scholarships are available to students whose parents or legal guardians are members of Georgia Farm Bureau as of Sept. 1, 2010. Students submitting an application must currently be a high school senior and plan to enroll in a unit of the University System of Georgia or Berry College during the 2011-2012 academic year. Contact your county Farm Bureau office for more information or an application. The application deadline is February 25, 2011. Applications must be approved and signed by the Farm Bureau president of the county where

Farm Bureau membership is held before being submitted to the home office. You may also download a copy of the application by visiting www.gfb. org, selecting GFB Programs and then FB Women. Each county may submit up to four applications. The Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company and the GFB Women’s Committee sponsor the scholarship program. Winners will be announced in May 2011.

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And the winners are...

Picture Agriculture in Georgia Contest winners announced

By Jennifer Whittaker ________________________________________________________

L Photo by Teresa Chambers

ast spring we asked Georgia Farm Bureau members across the state to send us their best snapshots of Georgia agriculture and got a great response! Jones County Farm Bureau member Teresa Chambers won the grand prize of $150 for her photo titled Hidden Gold. Honorable mentions were awarded to Dana Smith of Washington County, Becky Durham of Greene County, Robert Grizzle of Cherokee County, Jeannene Powell of Polk County and Vicki Franklin of Baldwin County. Each contestant who received an honorable mention received $75. The contest drew 205 entries, creating stiff competition. A panel of professional photographers selected 12 photos from all eligible entries. These photos were displayed at the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Conference held in July, and conference attendees voted to select the contest winners. “Since the contest was intended to spotlight Georgia agriculture, we wanted to get the input of farmers, and since the contest was sponsored by the GFB Young Farmer Committee, we thought it appropriate that the winners be selected by members of our Young Farmer Program,” said GFB Field Services Associate Director Andy Lucas, who coordinated the contest. The top 12 photos will be featured in a calendar that GFB will distribute at its annual convention in December. In the meantime, to view the top 12 photos, visit the GFB Web site at http://www.gfb.org, scroll down to the bottom of the home page and click on the photo contest link. GFB plans to hold the contest again next year, so start snapping photos to enter. Look for contest details next spring on GFB’s Web site, at your county Farm Bureau office or in the spring issue of Georgia Neighbors.

Hidden Gold, Grand Prize Winner Teresa Chambers, Jones County Photo by Dana Smith

Teresa shot this photo of three-week old Holstein calf Tate in May on the Jones County dairy farm she and her husband, Judd, own. “I’ve just always enjoyed playing around with a camera,” Teresa said. “After hearing about the contest I thought about photos I could enter and came up with the idea for this one. The yellow flowers, which are actually weeds, only bloom in the spring. I selected a blue halter for color contrast and selected Tate to photograph because she is one of my favorite calves.” Teresa waited for Tate to lie down and then went to work shooting the calf from different angles to get the perfect shot. “I lay on the ground to get the angle for this photo. I’m really happy this photo won because I did put a lot of thought into the picture. A lot of times when you plan a photo it doesn’t come out the way you plan it.” Teresa won her first photo contest in 2008 with a photo of Tate’s grandmother.

Photo by Becky Durham

Future Farmer of Georgia Dana Smith, Washington County

Dana shot this photo of neighbors Chris Cowart and his son, Connor, in July 2009. “I was in the yard and saw them in the cornfield,” 22

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Dana said. The shot was taken on the Washington County farm of John Bridges, Chris’ father-in-law.

Ginger

Becky Durham, Greene County

Opposite page, top to bottom: Hidden Gold by Teresa Chambers; Future Farmer of Georgia by Dana Smith; and Ginger by Becky Durham. This page, top to botom: Winter White by Robert Grizzle; Farming, It’s Not My Job, It’s My Way of Life by Jeannene Powell and Growing Up Country by Vicki Franklin.

Becky shot this photo of her daughter’s Jersey show heifer, Ginger, on Feb. 13. She shot the photo on the Greene County dairy she and her husband, Dan, own. “I got up early the morning after it snowed and walked all over the farm taking pictures,” Becky recalled. Becky said Ginger gained experience as a model from being shown by her daughter, Dana, in two commercial dairy shows prior to the storm. The Durhams have operated their dairy since 1988 and have a milking herd of about 100 Jerseys and Holsteins. Photo by Robert Grizzle

Winter White

Robert Grizzle, Cherokee County Robert took this striking shot of his neighbor’s barn from his yard the morning of Feb. 13. “Robert likes to take photos, and he shot this using the new camera I gave him for Christmas,” said his wife, Amber.

Farming, It’s Not My Job, It’s My Way of Life Jeannene Powell, Polk County

Photo by Jeannene Powell

Bandi, a seven-year-old Australian Shepherd, Blue Heeler mix, is a farm dog through and through. “We were standing around the barn talking back in the spring when I looked up and saw her sitting on the tractor,” Jeannene said. “She rides the tractor with my husband, Van, and goes everywhere with him. She’s just one of our kids.” Jeannene said the title of her photo was inspired by the fact that all Bandi knows is the farm life. “It’s the way we live.” Bandi knew she wanted to be a farm dog even as a pup. The Powells got her at their local livestock market at their daughter’s urging. While they were looking at the puppies, Bandi came over to Van and laid her head on his boot. She’s been right at home ever since on the Powells’ Polk County farm where they raise cattle, chickens and hay.

Growing Up Country

Vicki Franklin, Baldwin County

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Photo by Vicki Franklin

Vicki shot this photo of her grandson, Will, in October 2009 on her family’s cattle and hay farm in Baldwin County. “Will is all boy. He is very energetic, inquisitive and helpful,” Vicki said. “He loves his family and loves to explore the farm, ride four wheelers and help take care of and feed the cattle.” Vicki, who loves to take photos around the farm to capture the changes each season brings, said she and Will were returning from a walk around the farm when she snapped this photo. “As we approached the barn, he started running and jumping in front of me. With him in the foreground and the barn in the background I thought it would make a great photo,” Vicki said. 23


GFB Certified Farm Markets offer fall fun is here, which means fresh apples, peanuts, pecans and pumpkins are in season and available at many Georgia Farm Bureau Certified Farm Markets! If you’re looking for a fall outing for the family, many of our farm markets offer hay rides, petting zoos, corn mazes and special festivals. After Thanksgiving, when it’s time to pick out your Christmas tree, make plans to visit one of our many Christmas tree farms located across the state. Visit http://www.gfb.org/commodities/cfm to access a complete listing of our GFB Certified Farm Markets. Be sure to visit the farm’s Web site or call to verify hours before visiting. APPLES--------------------------B.J. Reece Apple House Ellijay • 706-276-3048 www.reeceorchards.com Dacula Briarpatch Dacula • 770-962-4990

R & A Orchard Inc. Ellijay • 706-273-3821 www.randaorchards.com Thomas Orchards, Greenhouse & Gift Shop Bishop • 706-769-5011

Connell Farms Hollonville • 770-229-4096 www.connellfarms.com Davis Farm Fresh Produce Pelham • 229-294-2540 Drigger’s Farm Market Collins • 912-653-1938 Metter • 912-685-6071 Elliott Farms Lizella & Macon 478-935-8180 www.elliottfarmsga.com Freeman Springs Family Farm Rocky Face • 706-673-4090 Lane Southern Orchards Fort Valley • 478-825-3592 www.lanesouthernorchards. com

Hillcrest Orchards Ellijay • 706-273-3838 www.hillcrestorchards.net

Tiger Mountain Orchard Tiger • 706-782-3290 www.tigermountainorchards. webs.com

Hillside Orchard Farms Country Store Lakemont • 706-782-2776 www.hillsideorchard.com

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Marks Melon Patch Dawson • 229-698-4750 www.marksmelonpatch.com

Adams Farms Fayetteville • 770-461-9395 www. adamsfarmfayettevillega.com

Mitcham Farm Oxford • 770-786-8805 www.mitchamfarm.com

Jaemor Farm Market Alto • 770-869-3999 www.jaemorfarms.com Little Bend Orchard’s Apple Barn Ellijay • 706-635-5898 www.redapplebarn.com Mack Aaron Apple House Ellijay • 706-273-3600

Berry Patch Farms Woodstock • 770-926-0561 www.berrypatchfarms.net

Perry Pecan & Produce Ellaville • 229-937-2087 Poppell Farms Odum • 912-586-2215 www.poppellfarms.com Rocky Ridge Farms Lexington • 706-207-5098 www.rockyridgefarmmarket. com Rutland Farms Tifton • 229-821-0581 Southern Belle Farm McDonough • 770-898-0999 www.southernbellefarm.com T&T Farms Dublin • 478-676-3670 Uncle Bob’s Pumpkin Patch Newnan • 770-253-8100 www.uncle-bob.com Vann Strawberry Farm Baconton • 229-787-5133 www.vannfarms.net The Pumpkin Patch Stockbridge • 770-954-9356 www.aboutyule.com

Cagle’s Family Farm Canton • 770-345-5591 www.caglesfamilyfarm.com

Mercier Orchards Blue Ridge • 706-632-3411 www.mercier-orchards.com

Cagle’s Farmhouse at Papa Albert’s Market Canton • 404-567-6363 www.caglesfarmhouse.com

Panorama Orchards Farm Market East Ellijay • 706-276-3813 www.panoramaorchards.com

Calhoun Produce Inc. Ashburn • 229-273-1887 www.calhounproduce.com

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Lowrey Farms Rome • 706-295-1157

Payne Farm & Produce Calhoun • 706-629-5704

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PECANS OR PEANUTS------Dean Farms Climax • 229-246-2628 Until Oct. 30

RJ&G Farms Inc. Claxton • 912-618-9312

Osage Farm Rabun Gap • 706-746-6952

Lowrey Farms Rome • 706-295-1157

Rutland Farms Tifton • 229-821-0581

Waldrop’s General Store & Farm Market Winston • 770-942-4571

Minter’s Farm Fayetteville • 770-461-2840 www.mintersfarm.com

Williams Tractor Farm Bartow • 478-552-2283

Rockin “S” Farm Market Canton • 770-781-2864

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Secret Forest Tarrytown • 912- 529-3702 www.secretforesttrees.com

Ellis Brothers Pecans Inc. Vienna • 1-800-635-0616 www.werenuts.com

Sasnett Fruits & Nuts Byron • 478-953-3820

Freeman Springs Family Farm Rocky Face • 706-673-4090

Thomas Orchards, Greenhouse & Gift Shop Bishop • 706-769-5011

Luke Orchards Ray City • 229-455-3071 Merritt Pecan Co. Inc. Weston • 229-828-6610 Pearson Farm Fort Valley • 478-825-7504 www.pearsonfarm.com

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Berry’s Christmas Tree Farm Covington • 770-786-5833 www.berrystreefarm.com

Durrence Farm Reidsville • 912-557-4939 Thru Thanksgiving

Cagle’s Family Farm Canton • 770-345-5591 www.caglesfamilyfarm.com

Little Bend Orchard’s Apple Barn Ellijay • 706-635-5898 www.redapplebarn.com

Double B Farms Christmas Trees Lizella • 478-935-8742

The Old Barn Christmas Tree Farm Sunnyside • 770-227-5237 www. theoldbarnchristmastrees.com

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Yule Forest HWY 155 Stockbridge • 770-954-9356 www.aboutyule.com

Perry Pecan & Produce Ellaville • 229-937-2087 Peyton’s Pecans Camilla • 866-739-8607 www.peytonspecans.com

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Georgia Happenings Historic Westville----------- Lumpkin Civil War Days Oct. 21-24 Experience a Civil War town, visit with soldiers and villagers as they go through their daily lives during wartime.

Fall Harvest Days Oct. 28-30 & Nov. Nov. 4-6 Enjoy an 1850 autumn celebration. Activities include operating a cotton gin, making sugar cane syrup, hay stacking, corn shelling, historic games and plenty of country cooking. Call 229-838-6310 or visit http://www. westville.org for more information. Admission for both events is $10 for kindergarteners through age 64. Senior citizens 65 and older is $8. PreK kids free.

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41st Annual Mountain Harvest Arts & Crafts Sale Oct. 23 & 24 Blue Ridge State Farmers Market Sponsored by the Fannin County Homemakers Council, this event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Call 706-374-2335 for more information. The Royal Alpaca Challenge Nov. 6 & 7 International Horse Park, Conyers This free family-friendly event, presented by the Georgia Alpaca Association, features alpaca breeders from across the country competing for cash prizes. Local youth will have a chance to compete and attend showmanship classes. For more information, visit http://www.royalalpacachallenge.com. Rock Eagle Programs------- Rock Eagle 4-H Center Eatonton Night Hike Nov. 20 Rock Eagle staff will lead a night hike through the woods to discover various nightlife. Afterward, enjoy a campfire with hot cocoa, songs and story time. Event begins at 7 p.m. and is geared for all ages. Programming lasts about two hours. Cost is $5 for ages 13 and older,

$3 for ages 5-12 and free for ages 4 and under. Payment due upon arrival. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is needed prior to arrival. Contact Matt Hammons at 706484-2862 or mhammons@uga.edu for more information or to register. Art at the Rock Nov. 20-21 Multiple art forms will fill two indoor showrooms. Enjoy music and food while you shop for the holidays. Last year this juried show and marketplace drew 70 artists and more than 1,000 visitors. Visit http://www. rockeagle4h.org/art or call Tina Maddox at 706-484-2874. Callaway Gardens Events------------------------------ Painting Autumn Trees in Watercolor Nov. 6 & 7 See bright fall colors and have your chance to paint them at this workshop, which lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Class includes demonstrations, instruction, critique, and individual coaching. Fee: $225 for both days, $125 for Saturday only. Nature Naturally Outdoor Weekend Nov. 12-14 A family-friendly weekend of outdoor activities at Callaway Gardens! Fee is $150 per person, which includes accommodations, a Friday evening cookout and Saturday dinner. Sessions cover photography, geocaching, canoeing/kayaking on Mountain Creek Lake, and an astronomy program. Call 800-225-5292 or visit http:// www.callawaygardens.com for more information. Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2010


Young farmers competing for great prizes By Jennifer Whittaker ____________________________________ Georgia Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer Program continues to recognize the best of the state’s next generation of farmers through its Young Farmer Achievement and Young Farmer Discussion Meet Contests. Finalists for both contests were named at the GFB Young Farmer Family Conference in July. The state winners of each contest will be announced during the organization’s annual convention in December. Christy Bryan of Chattooga County, Jessica Bryant of Jackson County, Jonathan Fordham of Bleckley County and Will Godowns of Pike County were selected as the four finalists of the GFB YF Discussion Meet Contest during the preliminary rounds of the competition held during the July conference. The four, who were among 19 contestants competing to make it to the final round, will compete again at the GFB convention. The state discussion meet winner will receive $500 from Dodge, an Arctic Cat 500 4x4 all-terrain vehicle and an expense-paid trip to the 2011 American Farm Bureau Convention in Atlanta, Jan. 9-12, to compete for national honors. The three runners-up in the state competition will each receive $350 from SunTrust Bank. The national winner will receive

The state winners of the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Achievement and Young Farmer Discussion Meet Contests will each win an expense-paid trip to the 2011 American Farm Bureau Convention in Atlanta, Jan. 9-12, 2011, to compete for national honors and $500 cash courtesy of Dodge. The national winners of these contests will win a 2011 Dodge Ram, courtesy of Ram Trucks.

a 2011 Dodge Ram Truck, courtesy of Ram Trucks and paid registration to the 2011 American Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Leadership Conference, Feb. 5-7, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. The three national runners-up will receive a $6,000 U.S. savings bond and a Farm Boss from Stihl. The three finalists of the GFB Young Farmer Achievement Award are: Brian and Melissa Ogletree, Spalding County; Stuart and Lauren Boykins, Screven County; and Steven and Tiffany Metcalf, Turner County. The state winner will be named at the GFB Convention. The Boykins grow cotton, peanuts, wheat and corn. Stuart does custom farm work for other farms. The Metcalfs grow cotton, peanuts, grain sorghum and wheat and raise cattle. Steven custom harvests cotton for other farmers and is a member-owner of the Hat Creek Peanut and Farm Supply. The Olgetrees grow wheat, brown top millet, sericea lespedeza, soybeans, canola and hay mulch and raise grassfed beef. Brian and his family also operate a seed cleaning business.

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the ranch, on-site lodging is available. The Rock Ranch has eight authentic Conestoga wagons, each of which will sleep eight people. They’re parked near campfire sites and give visitors a chance to rough it

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