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Contents Fall 2013 • Vol. 18, No. 2

UGA’s splendor in the grass



We, the Farmers .......................................... 2 Member Services Update ............................ 8 Insurance Update ....................................... 10 Legislative Update....................................... 12 Kids Corner................................................. 18 Farm Safety.................................................. 23

about the cover

Photo by Jay Stone

The 92,746 people who fill Sanford Stadium for Georgia games each fall may not think a lot about the grass carpet between the hedges, but we’ve got the inside scoop of how it’s cared for to withstand the pressure of SEC football.

Bobby Joe’s BBQ Sauce holds ole’-time memories


The Cason family of Bulloch County has been making their BBQ sauce since the early 1950s. For years they gave untold bottles of it away. After getting so many requests for the sauce, they decided to start bottling and selling it in 2009.

GFB salutes GHSA champions


Georgia Farm Bureau is continuing its sponsorship of the Georgia High School Association as the official insurance sponsor for all GHSA sports and academic competitions. We’re recognizing the schools that won 2013 state championships for events occurring last spring.

Cattle producers urged to request ballots for beef referendum


Georgia cattle producers have until Dec. 31 to sign up with the Georgia Department of Agriculture to receive a ballot to vote in a state referendum that will determine if an assessment is collected to fund the Georgia Beef Commission.

Get a taste of fall


Craving Georgia grown apples, peanuts, pecans or pumpkins? Visit our website for a list of GFB Certified Farm Markets for a fun day on the farm! You’ll also find a Meals from the Field apple recipe and info on storing pecans.

GFB photo contest winners named


We hope you’ll enjoy the top 13 photos of Georgia Farm Bureau’s 3rd Annual Picture Agriculture in Georgia Contest. Thanks to everyone who submitted a picture, and we hope you’ll enter again next year!

Walter Reeves fall gardening tips


Georgia Farm Bureau member Walter Reeves, also known as “The Georgia Gardener,” has graciously shared some tips for growing fall vegetables and preparing for next spring.

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(Photo by Ryan Hall) Houston County Farm Bureau member Ryan Hall won an honorable mention in the 2013 GFB Picture Agriculture in Georgia Contest with a photo of a crop duster spraying cotton in the summer. We’re featuring this photo of the same field on our cover because it captures a scene many folks in rural Georgia often witness – the sun setting on farmers as they rush to harvest their cotton crop. The two white rectangles to the left of the sun are cotton modules, harvested cotton that has been compressed and wrapped to be transported to the cotton gin where it will be cleaned and deseeded for processing. Georgia farmers harvested 1.3 million acres of cotton last year that had a crop value of about $1.2 billion. You may read the Georgia Neighbors in its entirety online. If you would like to opt out of receiving a printed copy of the Neighbors please send an email to Please provide your name as it appears on your Farm Bureau membership card along with your membership number. When we publish the 2014 spring/summer issue we’ll email you a link to our website.

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Pictured from left, Georgia Egg Commission Executive Director Jewell Hutto congratulates the winners of the commission’s 30th recipe contest who were: 1st place, Deborah Abercrombie; 2nd place, Jamie Jones and 3rd place, Debra Brooks. Egg Commission VP of Media/Nutrition Director Holly Hidell, far right, offers her congratulations.

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Zippy Duvall, President

By faith, not by sight For years now we’ve all heard that we’re living in a global economy. Thanks to a recent trade trip to Asia that I took in August, there’s no doubt in my mind this is true. My wife, Bonnie, and I traveled to China and Japan Aug. 22-30 with Gov. Nathan Deal and other state officials to promote Georgia products and celebrate the trade partnerships we already have. The trip included more than 50 representatives of Georgia’s agriculture, business, education, government, tourism and transportation sectors. We were charged with promoting Georgia products and services as a desirable brand. Relationships are very important to Asian businessmen. They like to be able to look the people they do business with in the eye. The other representatives of Georgia’s agricultural community on the trip and I worked to establish these relationships for Georgia farmers. We were led by Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black. As the world’s fastest-growing large economy, China represents a significant growth market for Georgia. China is the second largest export destination for Georgia businesses with more than $3.6 billion in exports last year. Georgia leads the United States in exports of carpets, poultry, aircraft and wood products to China. The biggest thing that struck me during the trip was the size of China’s population. America has a population of a little more than 300 million people. China has a population of 1.4 billion people. To put this in terms closer to home, Atlanta is a city of about four million people. Shangai has a population of 23 million people. When we visited Japan, I learned Tokyo has a population of 38 million people, and we think traffic is bad in Atlanta! As a farmer, what I began to ask myself was “Who is going to feed all these people?” Georgia farmers are going to help, which 2

will be good for all of Georgia. Last December, then U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk spoke to the Metro Atlanta Chamber. It was reported that one of the brightest parts of Kirk’s speech was his assessment of agricultural exports. U.S. ag exports have grown even as overall exports of U.S. goods have slowed. Kirk told the group that 7,000 jobs are created for each $1 billion in farm exports. This means more than 20,000 people are getting a paycheck because Chinese residents are eating our chicken, peanuts and pecans. According to an article the Business Insider ran in May, Georgia ranks sixth in the nation for exports to China. Since 2003, Georgia’s exports to China have grown by 443 percent, while Georgia’s exports to the rest of the world have grown by 105 percent. Based on U.S. Census Bureau statistics, Georgia ranks 12th in the nation for all exports. Georgia is the number one exporter of wood pulp, poultry, peanuts, pecans, cotton, paper and paperboard and carpet in the U.S. Soybean products and tractors were also among the top 25 products exported from Georgia last year. Most global consumers trust the safety of American food. Eating our food can be a status symbol in some places in China, which now has more Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets than the U.S. I’ve always known there’s no place like home, but this trip to Asia confirmed this for me. We live in a country where you can go to the store and buy 21 different kinds of a commodity 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Over there, they get up every morning wondering where they’re going to get their food for the next week and the next month. Their economy is booming and their middle class is growing. They just need enough food to feed everyone. We’re blessed in America to have the food production and distribution system that we have. Our farmers produce food that’s viewed as the safest and among the See WE, THE FARMERS page 34








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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 and South Georgia Vice President BERNARD SIMS, North Georgia Vice President ROBERT FOUNTAIN JR., Middle Georgia Vice President Wayne Daniel, Treasurer/ Corporate Secretary DUKE GROOVER, General Counsel DIRECTORS FIRST DISTRICT: Wesley Hall, Cumming; Henry J. West, Rydal SECOND DISTRICT: Bobby Gunter Dahlonega; Randy Ruff, Elberton THIRD DISTRICT: George Chambers, Carrollton; Nora Goodman, Temple FOURTH DISTRICT: Skeetter McCorkle, McDuffie; Marvin Ruark, Bishop FIFTH DISTRICT: Ralph Adamson Jr., Barnesville; Jim Ham, Smarr SIXTH DISTRICT: James Malone, Dexter; James Emory Tate, Denton SEVENTH DISTRICT: Gary Bell, Bellville; Ben Boyd, Sylvania EIGHTH DISTRICT: Scotty Raines, Sycamore; Don Wood, Rochelle NINTH DISTRICT: Lucius Adkins, Elmodel; Paul Shirah, Camilla TENTH DISTRICT: Daniel Johnson, Alma; David Lee, Alma YOUNG FARMER CHAIRMAN: Garrett Ganas, Waycross WOMEN’S COMMITTEE CHAIR: Nanette Bryan, Summerville INFORMATION STAFF Paul Beliveau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director Jennifer Whittaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Editor Jay Stone . . . . . . Publication/Web Specialist Lillian Davis . . . . . . Publications Manager Ray D’Alessio . . . Senior Producer/TV Host Michael Edmondson . Web/Video Manager Mark Wildman . . . . . . Radio-TV Specialist Dean Wood . . . . . . . . . Radio-TV Specialist Damon Jones . . . . . . . . Radio-TV Specialist Rick Treptow . . Senior Radio-TV Specialist 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 Farm Bureau’s Georgia Neighbors was established in 1995. Copyright 2013 by the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation. Printed by Panaprint, Macon, GA.

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A day before the home opener game against South Carolina, the grass at Sanford Stadium was pristine, and all was quiet as UGA Director of Athletic Turf Grounds Kenny Pauley looked over the field.

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Photo by Jennifer Whittaker


he hedges at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium are part of the rich Bulldog tradition. “Between the Hedges” is not merely a part of the UGA lexicon; it’s recognized throughout college football. The hedges, while decorative, also serve as a barrier between the field and the stands. A chain-link fence is buried within them to stop people from crawling through to the field. Kenny Pauley, UGA’s director of athletic turf grounds, and his staff maintain the hallowed hedges. The task typically falls on a handful of students who are tall enough to hold trimmers over the tops and strong enough to provide smooth corners that look good on TV. Classified as an invasive plant, the privet lugustrum hedges grow approximately three feet per year, requiring constant trimming. What’s actually between the hedges, though, is another Bulldog point of pride. The grass, which is probably seen more on TV than the hedges, looks brand new, but it’s not. The current sod of Tifway 419 Bermudagrass that carpets the 72,000-squarefoot expanse on which the Bulldogs play has been there since 2000, and Tifway 419 has been in use on the UGA home field since 1979. The story of how it got there is a lit-

Flanked by the Georgia Redcoat Band, the Georgia Bulldogs run out onto Sanford Stadium’s turf for the game against LSU on Sept. 28.

tle squirmy, according to Ray McEwen, former associate director of facilities for UGA sports. Before 1979, Sanford’s turf was common Bermudagrass on top of Georgia clay. When rains came, standard practice was to cover the field with a tarp in an attempt to keep it dry. McEwen said this had a greenhouse effect on the grass and also drew earthworms to the surface.

“One week we uncovered the field on game day, and it was covered with earthworms. It was so slick nobody could stand on it,” McEwen said. At the request of then-coach Vince Dooley, McEwen researched turf systems that would provide better playing surfaces. Mississippi State had already installed prescription athletic turf at Davis-Wade See UGA page 16 Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2013

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Good BBQ sauces always have a story. For the Cason family of Bulloch County, their sauce’s story began in the early 1950s when a traveling salesman stopped by the Cason Milling Company in Statesboro and shared his sauce recipe with owner Dorris Cason. Dorris took the recipe home from his mill, which sold livestock feed, to his wife Grace, who tweaked the recipe. Her version became a family and community favorite. She continued to make small batches of the sauce until her death in 1993 at 89. “I think I was about 10 when the salesman gave my dad the recipe,” Bobby Joe Cason, Dorris and Grace’s son, recalled. “I can’t ever remember when we didn’t have it and weren’t making it. My mother always made it and gave it away.” Although Grace had a written recipe the family used, it didn’t have precise measurements. The original recipe called for a quarter of a block of butter and a bottle of ketchup. Bobby Joe’s wife, Jane, a math professor at Georgia Southern University, decoded the measurements so the family could make a consistent tasting sauce and stop guessing about how much of each ingredient they used. “It wasn’t too hard to figure out,” Bobby Joe said. “We may have added a little more sugar or ketchup, but it’s still the same ingredients.” 6

Bobby Joe Cason of Statesboro and his sons, Mitchell and John, began bottling and selling their family BBQ sauce in 2009. Cason poses with a display of the sauce at R.J.’s Restaurant in Statesboro.

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Bobby Joe’s BBQ Sauce holds ole’-time memories

Bobby Joe’s Ole’-Time BBQ Sauce was one of many Georgia products on display for sale in the Georgia Grown Building at the Georgia National Fair in Perry this year.

Although Bobby Joe did make the sauce occasionally before his mother died, he started cooking the sauce regularly after her death to give away to friends and for his sons, Mitchell and John, to give to their teachers and coaches at Christmas. “When I cooked it at home, I had an aluminum pot, and I would make about 30 to 35 bottles at a time,” Bobby Joe said. “I cooked it outside so I didn’t get the vinegar smell in the house.” “It was something we did for fun and was a little piece of our family we could share,” John said. “We ran into a problem of running out of bottles. We recycled salad dressing bottles, and people started bringing back their bottles to get more of the

sauce. I figured maybe this is a pretty good sauce if people are asking for refills.” Through the years, the Casons have gotten some interesting feedback on how folks use their sauce. Most folks use it to cook chicken or pork. One guy said he eats it with bread. Bobby Joe said he even had one man claim he sipped a whole bottle driving from Georgia to Florida. “It’s a mild sauce. It doesn’t have any spices. It’s just ketchup, mustard, vinegar and pepper with the right proportions,” Bobby Joe said. “We’ve found kids really love it because it’s not spicy.” While a senior at Berry College and taking an entrepreneur class, John worked See BBQ page 34 Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2013


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eorgia Farm Bureau (GFB) has joined with a neighboring Farm Bureau company to launch a new member benefit program for our members 65 years and older. Through an agreement with Members Health Insurance Company (MHI), Georgia Farm Bureau Medicare Supplement plans are now being offered to GFB members. MHI is an affiliate of the health organization that serves members of the Tennessee Farm Bureau, the largest Farm Bureau in the nation. “With their experience in the Medicare Supplement business and commitment to Farm Bureau, it makes this program worthy of our endorsement,” said GFB President Zippy Duvall. “This is a win-win situation, and those who stand to gain the most are our senior members. It can save many of them considerable money while also helping us serve our members.” The program is possible partly because

supplement plans, which help Medicare beneficiaries pay costs not covered by Medicare, are standardized. The various plans have identical benefits, so the only differences between plans offered by one company and those of another are service and rates. Rates for GFB members may be affordable enough in many cases to save enough in one to two months to cover their annual Farm Bureau membership dues. Because these are group rates, nonmembers may consider joining as a Farm Bureau member for access to the group. “Georgia members who are on Medicare, or soon will be, really should compare these rates to other Medicare Supplement rates in Georgia,” said Anthony Kimbrough, CEO of MHI. “All it takes is a quick call to one of our customer service specialists to see how much money you might be able to save. These are the same specialists we entrust to talk with



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our Farm Bureau members and prospective members every day.” Talk today with an MHI customer service specialist at 1-888-708-0123 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., EST) or visit their website at Jay Murdock is director of the GFB Member Services Department.

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Georgia Farm Bureau is pleased to announce two great additions to our growing array of family entertainment discounts. GFB members are now eligible for discounts at Zoo Atlanta and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment to go along with our existing discounts at Six Flags, Six Flags White Water, Stone Mountain Park, Georgia Aquarium and Wild Adventures Theme Park. Members save $5 off regular gate admission at Zoo Atlanta and 20 percent off single-day and multi-day passes at all SeaWorld Parks. The discounted tickets are available for all of SeaWorld’s locations, including: SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Diego, SeaWorld San Antonio, Busch Gardens Tampa, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Water Country USA Williamsburg, Sesame Place Langhorne, Aquatica Orlando, Aquatica San Antonio and Adventure Island Tampa. Discount tickets must be purchased in advance online. Please visit our member benefits webpage for full program details

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Georgia Farm Bureau introduces low-cost Medicare Supplement insurance from Members Health Insurance (MHI) – giving people a simple and easy way to save some money. Learning more about how you, too, can save takes just five minutes of your time. Call 1-888-708-0123 and speak with one of MHI’s experts. Or compare rates at

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Insurance Update

Protecting your History has it that the origin of modern day underwriting originated in the 17th century with Lloyd’s of London. Imagine you have a boat full of wares headed for the New World, and you’re on the hook if it sinks. What are you going to do? You’re going to make sure that ship is seaworthy! Many years ago, before insurance companies operated as they do today, merchants wanting protection for their ships’ cargo would give their name to Lloyd’s and interested investors would write their name under the merchant’s, thereby providing insurance for the voyage. The concept of underwriting was born. Lloyd’s of London is the British company that famously insured Hollywood actress and 1940s pinup girl Betty Grable’s legs for $1 million and Bruce Springsteen’s voice. There is an enduring connection between providing insurance and managing risk. Why? Because those charged with providing the insurance needed to make sure that those needing it are in the best position possible. Just as a Lloyd’s underwriter would have wanted to know that the ship they were insuring was ready for an ocean voyage, modern day underwriters want to make sure their policyholders are prepared for the risks that they face. This is done partly by up-front investigation. Agents and underwriters work together to collect information necessary to properly size up a prospective policyholder 10

to make sure that they have a policy and a rate that works. Failure to do a good job here can result in insuring the wrong types of risks or not providing the coverage the member truly needs. This part of the process is often viewed negatively, because we have to ask a lot of questions. After all, no one wants holes in their ship! On the other hand, the underwriting process extends far beyond the day you meet with your Farm Bureau Agent. GFB continues to evaluate your coverage and your needs to ensure that you’re well protected. One of the most important services we provide for those with GFB homeowner’s insurance is an independent inspection. Over time many things may change about your home. There may be things that need to be repaired or preventative maintenance that should be done that may go unnoticed or overlooked. Georgia Farm Bureau employs a professional inspection service to periodically, with your permission, perform an inspection of your property. They help to answer questions such as: • Are there any concerns that should immediately be addressed? • Are there any hazards that could put you at an increased risk for a lawsuit? • Do you have adequate coverage to protect you in the event the worst happens? This service is used to better evaluate whether you are adequately protected when disaster strikes.

An example of the value of this service comes from an agency manager in North Georgia some months ago. GFB sent an inspector out to the home of an elderly member. The inspection identified maintenance issues and a deteriorating and unsafe floor on the porch. After the inspection, the GFB agent met with the member and her son to explain the concerns. Her son made the repairs, so this inspection service yielded a safer, better-protected Farm Bureau member. We also periodically review your auto policies to see that everyone in your household is covered and that you’re only paying the price you should. Continually reviewing your exposure to loss is critically important to GFB because we are here to protect you. GFB has created a sound Mutual Insurance Company to protect you and your family. We thrive as a company when you stand on solid ground. Your agent and underwriter are working hard to protect your tomorrow…today! Members of the Georgia Farm Bureau Underwriting Division wrote this article.

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. 27, 2014, at the Georgia Farm Bureau Building, 1620 Bass Road, Macon, Ga., 31210. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m.

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Farm Bill Myths Farm Bureau supports passage of a new farm bill. This important legislation provides stability for our national food supply and protects our natural resources, but numerous myths abound. Some of the more common ones are addressed below.

Myth #1: The farm bill makes farmers rich.

If the farm bill made farmers wealthy, it would make sense that more people would go into farming. If the farm bill guaranteed profitability, young people would become farmers in droves. But the opposite is true. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the average farmer was 39 years old in 1945, 45 years old in 1974, and 58 years old in 2007. The American farmer is getting older. If the farm bill truly makes farmers rich, most young people do not seem to know it.

Myth #2: The farm bill helps corporate farmers at the expense of family farmers.

Farms today are larger and do more business than farms 50 years ago. This is also true of most retail stores, media outlets, funeral homes, restaurants, hospitals, movie theaters, hotels, and nearly any other business or organization one can imagine. Economies of scale offer incentives for all types of businesses to become larger and more efficient. The farm bill offers an opportunity for small family farms to remain economically viable. Farm bill programs help small farmers weather tough economic times. According to USDA, more than 2.1 million farms existed in the U.S. in 2011, and 97.3 percent of these operations were family farms. In addition, 89 percent of U.S. farms had gross annual sales of less than $250,000. These numbers have remained virtually unchanged over the last 20 years. A strong argument can be made that the farm bill has played a major role in helping to preserve small family farms.

Myth #3: The farm bill works against the free market.

Agricultural commodity markets are extremely volatile by nature, so even with a farm bill, farming remains one of the occupations most dependent on free market forces. One function of the farm bill is to create mechanisms, like crop insurance, by which farmers can manage their risks from disaster. Farmers who purchase crop insurance choose their policy based on the type of risk associated with the crops they produce. According to National Crop Insurance Services, farmers paid $4 billion in crop insurance premiums in 2012. Crop insurance is underwritten and subsidized by the federal government to make it affordable. The risk exposure is too great for private companies to completely underwrite it. Farm 12


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Bureau supports a market-based economy, but there are times when government can play a positive role. Examples include rural power, flood insurance for homeowners, transportation infrastructure, etc. These programs complement and promote free markets, not eliminate them.

Myth #4: It’s called a farm bill because most of the money goes to farmers.

About 80 percent of all farm bill funding is authorized for the nutrition title of the farm bill. The nutrition title funds the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infant, & Children (WIC), the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and other similar programs to assist people with nutritional needs. None of that funding is designated for farm programs.

Myth #5: Nutrition assistance promotes fraud and abuse.

It is wrong to assume all citizens receiving nutrition benefits are abusing the system. According to USDA 2011 data, 45 percent of all SNAP participants were minor children, and about 10 percent were more than 60 years old. USDA has implemented programs to reduce errors and abuses to the program.

Myth #6: The farm bill would be easier to pass minus the nutrition title.

Agriculture is generally located in predominantly rural areas of the country. According to the 2010 census, nearly 81 percent of the U.S. population is considered urban. Of the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, only 34 represent districts whose population is majority rural. Having a nutrition title in the farm bill helps build the consensus needed to pass legislation.

Myth #7: Removing the nutrition title from the farm bill reduces spending.

Removing the nutrition title from the farm bill will make no change in nutrition spending. Most of the provisions in the nutrition title are included under mandatory spending. It takes an act of Congress to change it. The farm bill supported by Farm Bureau, which failed in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 20, would have cut nutrition title spending by $20 billion. Representatives who voted against that bill actually voted to maintain the current level of nutrition spending.

Myth #8: The farm bill contributes to obesity in the U.S.

The purpose of the farm bill is to provide high quality food to Americans at reasonable prices. By any objective measure, the effort has been successful. Individuals are responsible for the food they choose to eat and how much they consume. Jon Huffmaster is director of the GFB Legislative Department.

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Pictured from left, GFB President Zippy Duvall congratulates the finalist families competing for the GFB Young Farmer Achievement Award: James and Brooke Hitchcock with their children Moriah and J.W., of Washington County; Russ and Mandy Moon and

GFB names finalists for Young Farmer Awards By Jay Stone ___________________________________ Georgia Farm Bureau honors the best and the brightest farmers between the ages of 18 and 35 with its annual awards programs – the Young Farmer Discussion Meet, the Young Farmer Achievement Award and the Young Farmer Excellence In Agriculture Award. The 2013 finalists for all three awards were announced during the GFB Young Farmer Leadership Conference held July 12-14 on Jekyll Island. James and Brooke Hitchcock of Washington County, Russ and Mandy Moon of Madison County and Charlie Sanders of Greene County were named finalists for the Young Farmer Achievement Award, designed to recognize the accomplishments of young Farm Bureau members in production agriculture and leadership development. The Hitchcocks grow corn, cotton and peanuts and raise cattle. The Moons have four poultry houses, run a herd of about 60 beef cattle and grow a variety of grains as well as strawberries and blackberries. Sanders and his wife Nancie are partners in the family dairy farm with her grandfather, parents and brother. Charlie is the farm’s heifer and calf manager. Each family receives a $200 travel al14

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month to maintain proper nutrient levels to the plants. Earlier this year, Athens experienced 42 straight days of rainfall, Pauley said, and like many farmers around the state, he was looking for sunshine.

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UGA from page 6 Stadium but had encountered a number of problems, McEwen said. Taking MSU’s experience into account, he had a sand/ gravel base installed under hybrid Bermudagrass – Tifway 419 – in a design still in place today. The football coaches aren’t shy about what they want out of the field. McEwen said he talked with Dooley daily. The legendary coach wanted to know what the conditions were going to be like on Saturday. Likewise, current coach Mark Richt insists on close-cut grass so as not to slow down the speedy Georgia players. McEwen said the 1983 UCLA game, played under heavy rainfall at times, showed how effective the turf system was. “It was raining so hard the cameras from the photo deck couldn’t see the field,” he said. “But there was no standing water on the field.” The turf is still doing the job today. “When it rains you can hardly tell. We put a lot of water on this field because it drains so well,” said Pauley. With that drainage, the UGA grounds staff applies fertilizer as often as twice a

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Soil is the naturally occurring mixture of minerals, organic matter, water and air that forms the surface of the earth. Everything depends on soil either directly or indirectly, whether it is a plant with roots running into the soil to get nutrients or animals obtaining nutrients from eating the 1. Soil 2. Dirt 3. Sand 4. Silt 5. Clay

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he University of Georgia’s Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest is seeking entries for the 2014 contest. The contest, sponsored by the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, helps food entrepreneurs showcase their food products. Many former contest winners now have their products sold in specialty food stores and supermarkets across the Southeast. “Flavor of Georgia is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to gain publicity and exposure for their products,” said Sharon P. Kane, food business development specialist with the UGA CAED. “It’s also a chance for them to network with other food entrepreneurs and industry experts.” Georgia-based entrepreneurs can submit as many products as they like. Registration and product runs from Nov. 1 to Feb. 7, 2014. Finalists will be invited to take part in a final judging and public tast20

ing March 17-18, 2014. Contestants can submit products that are already commercially available or foods that are in the market-ready prototype stage. There is no limit on the number of products that an individual may submit. Product categories include: barbecue and hot sauces; jams and jellies, condiments and sauces; confections; meat and seafood products; dairy products; snack foods; beverages and miscellaneous products. A panel of judges – made up of food marketing experts, grocery buyers, chefs and industry specialists – will judge each product based on flavor, use of Georgia ingredients, Georgia theme, unique or innovative qualities, commercial appeal and originality. More information about the contest and registration is available online at http:// or by calling 706-583-0347.

October is GMO Awareness Month and consumers are encouraged to visit to learn more about genetically modified organisms. This website gives consumers an opportunity to ask questions about GMOs and get answers from farmers, scientists, health experts, nutritionists and others. Visitors have submitted questions on topics ranging from human health and environmental impact to labeling. GMO Answers was launched by ag biotechnology companies in acknowledgement that consumers want to know more about their food and where it comes from. Recently, GMO Answers commissioned a national Internet survey with general consumers and a subset of foodengaged consumers to find out what they know and what they want to know. While the survey found that many are concerned about GMO use on farms, it was clear that consumers have a growing desire for more information about what GMOs really are and how they’re used. Specifically, the survey found that: • Almost half (49 percent) of respondents said they would not be able to define what a GMO is, if asked. • Only eight GM crops are commercially available in the United States (corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya and squash), but 83 percent of respondents said they thought there were 10 or more. • While 58 percent of respondents do worry that food produced with GMOs is less safe than other types of food, 60 percent still believe that GMO foods are at least as nutritious as nonGMO alternatives. Meanwhile, the Grocery Manufacturers Assoc. launched its new website, Similar to GMO Answers, it is designed to provide consumers, policymakers and the news media with answers to their questions about the use of genetically modified food ingredients. Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2013

GFB to award college scholarships Contact your county Farm Bureau office for more information or an application. The application deadline is February 21, 2014. Applications must be approved and signed by the Farm Bureau president of the county in which the applicant resides or attends high school. You may also download a copy of the application by visiting http://www., selecting Programs and then Ag in the Classroom. The Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company and the GFB Women’s Leadership Committee sponsor the scholarship program. Winners will be announced in May 2014.


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 scholarship of $3,000. The remaining seven students will each receive a $750 scholarship. Students submitting an application must currently be a Georgia high school senior and plan to enroll in a unit of the University System of Georgia or Berry College during the 20142015 academic year.

Peanut sweepstakes offers vacation, assorted prizes


eanut fans have a daily chance to win a vacation and hundreds of other prizes until Nov. 30. Vacation destination choices include California, Colorado, New York or Florida. Visit to register for a chance to win. After registering, participants play a game called “Crack the Peanut” for a chance to win instant prizes like peanut and peanut butter packs, iPods and gift cards. If you crack three peanuts that match, then you’re an instant winner! “When it comes to getting through an early morning or long day, everyone wins with peanuts. At seven grams per serving, peanuts have more energy-boosting protein than any nut,” said Bob Parker, president and CEO of the National Peanut Board. “Through the Energy to Burn sweepstakes we’re able to celebrate the power of peanuts and help re-energize Americans with a fun vacation.” The “Energy to Burn” sweepstakes, is sponsored by the National Peanut Board and co-presented by Hampton Farms, Planters and Skippy. Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2013



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Cattle producers urged to request ballots for statewide beef referendum

UGA from page 16 300-pound football players running, jumping and falling on it or 450-member bands marching across it. The field even withstood the test of a country music concert in April when Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan performed at Sanford Stadium. After the concert Pauley and his staff just replaced the sideline turf and installed automated irrigation. Pauley, who has been in his current position with UGA for five years, hasn’t had to replace the entire playing surface, just patches here and there, which he gets from Pike Creek Turf in Adel. Pauley said 22

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eorgia cattle producers have until Dec. 31 to sign up with the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) to receive a ballot to vote in a state referendum that will determine if an assessment of up to $1 per head is collected to fund the Georgia Beef Commission. After cattle producers expressed an interest in creating a state beef commission for the purpose of handling promotion, education and research efforts for Georgia’s beef industry, Georgia legislators passed Senate Bill 97, which authorizes the referendum, during the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly. The GDA is creating a list of eligible producers who may vote in the referendum. An eligible producer is defined as anyone who has owned cattle in Georgia during the last 12 months. There is no cost to receive a ballot. It is expected the beef referendum will be held in early 2014. In order for the commission to be funded, at least 25 percent of the total number of producers who receive ballots must vote by returning their ballots to the GDA, and two-thirds of the producers who vote must approve the commission. As outlined in SB 97, the proposed referendum would assess cattle producers no more than $1 per head to be collected when cattle are sold. Cattle that sell for less than $100 per head would be exempt from the assessment. This assessment would be separate from the National Beef Checkoff (NBC). NBC funds can only be used to promote beef meat and cannot be used to fund production management research, such as forage or animal health research, or youth programs, both of which could benefit Georgia beef producers. The funds for the Georgia Beef Commission would remain in Georgia to benefit Georgia beef producers. Additional information will be sent to producers, who register to vote, with their ballot after Dec. 31. Eligible producers may receive a ballot by registering through

the GDA website at or by sending a written request for an application to: Georgia Department of Agriculture 19 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW Room 324 Atlanta, Ga., 30334 The written request should state: I would like a ballot for the upcoming referendum for the beef commodity commission marketing order. Include your name, proper address, and phone number. Beef producers may also sign up for ballots at the offices of the following organizations: county Farm Bureaus, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, Georgia Livestock Marketing Association, Georgia Milk Producers and county Cooperative Extension offices.

there is a 100,000-square-foot plot at Pike Creek that UGA keeps in reserve. Said McEwen, “As football has progressed and become more specialized and coaches wanted to practice on the game field, there was a need for a tougher, more vibrant grass, something that recovered quicker. The hybrids were developed for drought tolerance and could be mowed to a close height.” UGA and USDA turfgrass scientists developed Tifway 419 in South Georgia in the late 1950s. Tifway 419 is a sterile hybrid, which means it doesn’t produce

seed and grows mostly across the ground rather than up. Pawley said it is cut to 3/4” and purposefully kept short to complement the Bulldogs’ fast players. “Notre Dame used to keep their grass 3-4 inches. You’d go in there and it would slow you down,” Pauley said. “Michigan did it too. Coach Richt, he likes a fast surface. That’s why we mow it every day, to tighten it up and keep it mowed to about 3/4 of an inch because he’s got a fast team. You can differentiate some heights. We just keep it one solid surface. My thing is the grass shouldn’t stop us.” Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2013

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Orange triangles like the ones placed on this farm equipment indicate a slow-moving vehicle. These signs warn motorists to reduce their speed. Farmers should ensure these signs are clearly visible on their equipment.

Practice patience with farm equipment on roads By Jed Evans ___________________________________ Fall is an exciting time for Georgians. If you are driving through the country, you are likely to see more farm equipment on the roads in Georgia during this time of the year as fall harvest is under way. Safety should be on everyone’s mind as you travel up and down Georgia’s highways. Motorists traveling in rural Georgia of-

ten come upon cotton pickers, combines, trucks pulling peanut wagons and slow moving tractors. These machines move much slower than a driver going 55 mph. Drivers should realize that our farmers are entitled to use public roads to get from field to field. Many farmers are more than willing to share the road and pull to the shoulder when possible. However, this does not stop accidents from happening. Both farmers and mo-

torists should take extra caution on the roads, especially during this busy time of the year. Farmers operating slow-moving vehicles (SMV) on public roadways should place clearly visible SMV emblems on equipment traveling less than 25 mph. Farmers should also use warning flashers and signal lights to indicate to motorists their location and turning intentions in advance of making turns. Also, farmers and farm employees should be aware of the surroundings and other passengers on the road. Motorists are encouraged to be cautious when traveling behind a slow-moving vehicle. When traveling behind a farm vehicle, take extra caution before attempting to pass. Only pass farm equipment when it is safe and legal to do so, and only when you have plenty of room. Farm machinery should be given plenty of space to make a turn or stop. Motorists should watch for hand signals from the driver’s side of the vehicle and be on the lookout for small pathways that the vehicle may be turning into. If the equipment pulls to the right side of the road, don’t assume it is letting you pass. Farmers must sometimes pull to the right to execute wide left turns. For everyone, taking just a few extra minutes to be safe is very important. Though we are all in a hurry, nothing is more essential than getting to where we are going safely. We will all save time and money by slowing down and practicing a little patience.

Young farmers to raise money for Harvest for All campaign The GFB Young Farmer Committee is holding its annual Harvest for All Campaign for the ninth year to raise money for the seven regional food banks located around Georgia. The Young Farmer Committee works with the Georgia Food Bank Association and Feeding America to help Georgians facing the challenge of feeding their families. Food banks have the ability to stretch each donated dollar into many meals. For every dollar donated, the seven regional food banks in Georgia are currently able to provide grocery products equating to four meals back into the community. For example, a $50 donation will create 200 meals for those in need. Since 2004, GFB has coordinated eight Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2013

Harvest For All campaigns through which GFB members across the state donated about 50,000 pounds of staple food items and more than $80,000 in cash donations distributed to the food banks in Georgia affiliated with Feeding America. In 2005, GFB

members collected 17,000 pounds of food, which were donated to victims of Hurricane Katrina in Hancock County, Miss. If you would like to make a donation, please visit your county Farm Bureau office by Nov. 1. Remember $1 equals four meals!


GFB congratulates GHSA champions

GYMNASTICS (April 26) – Teams – 1. Lambert 2. Tift County 3. Carrollton 4. Buford 5. Newnan 6. Lassiter TRACK – Boys (May 2-4) – A Private – Athens Christian A Public – Commerce

AA - Westminster AAA – St. Pius X AAAA – Marist AAAAA – McIntosh AAAAAA – Mill Creek – Girls (May 9-11) – A Private – Our Lady of Mercy A Public – Marion County AA – Westminster AAA – Cedar Grove AAAA – Marist AAAAA – Dunwoody AAAAAA – Westlake TENNIS (May 11) – Boys Team Champions – A Private – Walker A Public – Marion County AA – Westminster AAA – Blessed Trinity AAAA – Columbus AAAAA – Starr’s Mill AAAAAA - Brookwood – Girls Team Champions – A Private – Walker A Public – Baconton AA – Westminster AAA – Blessed Trinity AAAA – Marist AAAAA – Lakeside-Evans AAAAAA – Walton

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Georgia Farm Bureau is continuing its sponsorship of the Georgia High School Association as the official insurance sponsor for all GHSA sports and academic competitions. We congratulated the 2012-2013 fall/winter champions in our last issue. Below is a list of the schools that won 2013 state championships for events occurring at the end of the school year. “Georgia Farm Bureau is proud of our ongoing partnership with the Georgia High School Association as our organization feels it is important that we continue to support Georgia’s youth,” said GFB President Zippy Duvall. “This is a way we can strengthen our connections with communities across the state.”

White County Farm Bureau Agency Manager Ward Gann, right, presents a trophy to Christian Coleman of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School during the GHSA Boys State Track Meet held May 2-4 in Jefferson.

SOCCER (May 16-17) – Boys – A – Paideia AA - Westminster AAA – St. Pius X AAAA – Dalton AAAAA – McIntosh AAAAAA – Berkmar – Girls – A – Paideia AA – Westminster AAA – St. Pius X AAAA – Marist AAAAA – Northgate AAAAAA – Parkview

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LACROSSE (May 18) – Boys – A – AAAAA – Westminster AAAAAA – Centennial – Girls – A-AAAAA – Westminster AAAAAA - Milton

The Marion Girls Track Team won the GHSA Class A Public State Championship during the GHSA Girls State Track Meet held May 9-11 in Albany.


BASEBALL (May 18-20) A Private – Eagle’s Landing Christian A Public – Charlton County (May 25-27) AA – Lovett See CHAMPIONS next page Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2013

Georgia Farm Bureau donated a pallet of peanut butter to the Portal Middle High School in Bulloch County on Sept 23. The donation will be used to make sandwiches for the PMHS football teams during their football and weight training seasons. Senior football players and cheerleaders participated in the presentation, which was attended by representatives of the school, the Bulloch County Farm Bureau (BCFB), Georgia Farm Bureau and the Georgia Peanut Commission. “We’re doing this for three reasons,” GFB President Zippy Duvall said. “It’s important to give back to your community, Georgia Farm Bureau plays a major role in Georgia high school athletics and sports programs, and we wanted to say thank you to this community that has been so good to agriculture.”

CHAMPIONS from previous page AAA – Cartersville AAAA – Redan AAAAA – Pope AAAAAA – Milton GOLF (May 20) – Boys – A Private – Brookstone A Public – Gordon Lee AA – Westminster School AAA – Woodward Academy

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Peanuts fuel football players

PMHS Head Coach Dave NeSmith said he started feeding his players peanut butter sandwiches as a way to help them build weight and muscle on the advice of college coaches. “We are very thankful for Georgia Farm Bureau for providing this to us. Peanut butter is great for building and repairing muscle, it’s heart friendly, and it gives you energy throughout the day,” NeSmith said. “I had been making sandwiches for them, but had AAAA – Marist School AAAAA – Gainesville AAAAAA – Norcross – Girls – A Private – Darlington A Public – Schley County AA – Vidalia AAA – North Oconee AAAA – Carrollton AAAAA – Lakeside-Evans AAAAAA – Lambert

to stop two months ago due to the cost. We now have a lot of peanut butter to eat guys.” GFB became aware of the school’s need for peanut butter after a staff member toured the school last winter as part of an agricultural leadership program. The Class A school is one of the smallest in its division. Duvall said he hoped this would serve as an example to county Farm Bureaus across the state as a way they could do something similar to give back to their community.

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from the Field This simple salad recipe is a great way to enjoy fresh Georgia apples and pecans! It was featured on the September segment of “Meals from the Field,” which airs monthly on Georgia Farm Bureau’s weekly “Georgia Farm Monitor” TV show. Recipes from each month’s segment are available at You can view the cooking segments on the Farm Monitor YouTube Channel at Georgiafarmmonitor.

Georgia Apple Salad

Spinach (or favorite salad mix) Sliced Georgia Apples Feta cheese Georgia Pecans (chopped or whole) Favorite vinaigrette On a bed of spinach, add apple slices, Feta cheese crumbles and pecans. Top with your favorite vinaigrette.

GFB Certified Farm Markets offer fall produce & fun Apples, peanuts, pecans, pumpkins and sweet potatoes are in season and available at many Georgia Farm Bureau Certified Farm Markets. No matter where you live in Georgia, you can find a market near you to get your favorite fall treats or enjoy agritourism activities. Many of our farm markets offer hayrides, petting zoos, corn mazes or special festivals. Cooler weather makes fall a great time to pack up the family for a daytrip to the country. 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 to access a complete list of our GFB Certified Farm Markets. Be sure to visit the farm’s web site or call to verify hours before visiting.

Store pecans properly to enjoy year-round Georgia pecans may be most commonly associated with Thanksgiving and Christmas dishes, but consumers can enjoy pecans long after they’ve put away the holiday decorations. In fact, stocking up on Georgia pecans during the harvest season between October through December is a smart way to save money, since pecans are easily freezable. When pecans are in season and plentiful, consider buying extra packages for later use or purchase in bulk. Freezing & Storage Tips To maintain the flavor and freshness of pecans, try these suggestions: • Transfer shelled pecans to an airtight container or zipper-locked bag after purchase. • Store in the refrigerator for up to nine months or freeze them for up to two years. • Pecans can be thawed and refrozen repeatedly without losing flavor or texture.


• Store unshelled pecans in a cool, dry place for three to six months. Visit for great recipes or to learn more about the nutritional benefits of pecans.

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Natural resource courses available online for youth & teachers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering online courses for youth and teachers through an educational webpage. S.K. Worm helps Through these cours- students learn about es, students can learn soil. how soil, water, air, plants and animals help sustain a healthy environment. The webpage offers interactive and downloadable classroom activities that will entertain younger students with NRCS characters like S.K. Worm. Older students can complete lessons that offer hands-on activities and promote field investigation. For more information visit http://www.

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My American Farm tablet app available

Kids love playing video games. Now there’s a free tablet app available for download on iTunes and Google Play that features five games from the My American Farm website – In My Barn, My Little Ag Me, Equipment Engineer, Farmer’s Market Challenge and Ag Across America. App users are rewarded with a virtual sticker after successfully completing each game. The games may also be played at the My American Farm website Lesson plans for classroom instruction are also available. This educational resource is a project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. More teacher resources and kids’ games are available at the National Agriculture in the Classroom website




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Photo contest winners capture essence of Georgia farm life By Jennifer Whittaker 1





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hen we questioned the winners of this year’s Georgia Farm Bureau Picture in Agriculture Contest winners, we discovered most of the photos were shot while the photographers were going about their daily lives. That’s why we started the contest four years ago, to capture the beauty of rural Georgia that so many of our members see every day. Glascock County Farm Bureau member Anna Raley took the winning photo of rye being harvested on her family’s farm. She won $150 as the first place overall winner and her photo will be featured on the cover of the 2014 GFB Young Farmer Calendar. GFB members and employees submitted almost 300 photos in the contest. A panel of professional photographers selected 12 photos from the member category entries and the three winners of the employee category. Young farmers attending the GFB Young Farmer Leadership Conference in July chose the grand prize winner from the 12 member photos. Honorable mention prizes of $75 were awarded to the following in the member category: Shane Curry, Shelby Gay, Amanda Gunn, Ryan Hall, Freddy Hooks, Donald Mendrala, Clay Talton, Sarah Thornton, Dwight Wallace, Ashlee Wood and Ricky Yarbrough. Houston County Office Manager Lisa Dean won the grand prize of $100 in the employee category. Tift County Office Manager Lauren Grimes won second place and $75 in the category, and Taliaferro County Office Manager Gaye Ratliff won the $50 third place prize. “The Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee has had a lot of positive response with our photo contest since it started in 2010,” GFB Young Farmer Committee Chairman Garrett Ganas said. “This contest and the calendar is a great way to promote the things that are best about farm life. People like taking photos, and this is a great way for them to share the beauty of their farms and communities with others.” The 2014 GFB Young Farmer Calendar features the 12 member photos shown here. Contact your county Farm Bureau office to obtain a calendar. GFB plans to hold the contest again next year, so start shooting photos to enter! Contest details will be available next spring on GFB’s website and at county Farm Bureau offices.

1–Bringing in the Sheaves

$150 Grand Prize Member Category Anna Raley, Glascock County Raley, a senior at Glascock County High School, went the extra mile to get this photo of rye being harvested on her family’s farm in May 2012. While Cecil Shelton, who was harvesting the crop for her dad, John, and Anna’s little brother, Thomas, were comfortable in the airconditioned combine, Anna fought dust, briars and bugs to capture the shot. “I was very uncomfortable, nevertheless, it was worth it to get a great picture,” Raley said. Raley, who has been taking pictures for four years as a hobby and for her school yearbook, has a wide subject range including sports, people, animals and still life. She’s even taken newborn photos of a cousin.

Going Green

$100 Grand Prize Employee Category Lisa Dean, Houston County Dean went to extreme heights to get this bird’s-eye view of the grain bin and corn growing around it by climbing the ladder of another bin. She shot the photo on the farm of Chip Free in Elko, Ga., last summer. “I’ve always been inspired by the way farmers provide the daily bread for people all over the world with very little recognition for their hard work,” she said. Dean said the grain bin she photographed is used to store corn, wheat or soybeans until the grain can be hauled to a local granary to be sold.

Honorable Mentions, Member Category listed alphabetically


Shane Curry, Appling County Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2013

3–Quarter horses

Shelby Gay, Telfair County Gay raises registered quarter horses on her Telfair County farm. She, her husband, Jamie, and son, Will, were riding other horses one day in April when they rode by these seven beauties lined up along the fence. Gay said they use their horses to gather cattle on the farm.

4–Clover with a Bee

Amanda Gunn, Lincoln County Gunn, a student at Augusta Technical College studying graphic design and photography, says photography has always been a hobby. “I’ve just always taken pictures. Can’t remember when I didn’t do it.” She shot this photo one evening in April at the home of her mother and stepfather Lisa and Richard Brown, who have honeybee hives. “I just started taking pictures of the light on the clover and saw a bee,” Gunn said.

5–Agriculture Air Support

Ryan Hall, Houston County Hall captured this crop duster spraying the cotton field across the street from his house last summer. Farmers often use crop dusters to spray pesticides and herbicides on their fields if application is time sensitive or if rainy, wet weather prevents them from spraying their fields using ground equipment.

6–H2O for Ag

Freddy Hooks, Mitchell County Hooks works part-time for the Flint River Soil & Water Conservation District, which works with farmers to help them conserve water and protect water and soil quality. He took this photo during the process of installing a sprinkler package on an irrigation system that enabled the system to operate more efficiently, using less water. Hooks’ son, Jake, farms the family’s fourthgeneration farm, so Hooks knows how vital water is to farmers. “Water is so important to us because without it we couldn’t grow crops,” Hooks said. “The soil on our farm is very sandy. Water filters through it quickly making irrigation or rain essential to the growth of our crops. I can’t help but think about the Luke Bryan song, ‘Rain is Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2013

a Good Thing.’ Whether it comes from the sky or the irrigation system, water is a blessing from God either way.”

7–Bee Hive

Donald Mendrala, Cherokee County Realizing bees play an important role in the production of food as crop pollinators, Mendrala chose to apprentice with two professional beekeepers, Terry Ross and Randall Cagle, to learn the trade for his senior project at Sequoyah High School in Canton, Ga. Mendrala took this photo last year at the farm of Terry and Jeannie Ross, who keep bees. The photo shows bees buzzing around a nucleus box, which is a hive that has been formed by splitting a large hive and introducing a new bee. Visit http://beekeeperdonald.wordpress. com/page/5/ to learn more about beekeeping and Mendrala’s project.



8–Autumn Gold

Clay Talton, Elbert County Talton, an Extension agent in Elbert County, shot this photo last November during the soybean harvest on Bobby Eavenson’s farm in Dewy Rose, Ga. Talton was recording crop yields and other harvest notes when he saw the photo. He shot it with his iPhone to post to Facebook to let folks know the soybean harvest was in full swing. “It wasn’t until I looked on the computer that I realized how good the photo was,” Talton said.



Sarah Thornton, Wayne County Thornton took this photo on the Deal farm in Appling County in March 2012. “I pass by this farm several times a week. I always have my camera with me, so I just had to stop and take a few shots to get the beauty of the canola field against the sky with the old building,” Thornton said.


Photos are numbered for i.d. purposes and do not indicate contest rankings.

Curry, an Appling County Extension agent, was checking a research plot on Jeff Dean’s farm when he shot the irrigation pivot watering the cotton. The photo was taken in July of last year, which was much drier than this past summer. Georgia farmers depend on irrigation in dry summers to water their crops.

10–Sunset Irrigation

Dwight Wallace, Peach County Wallace shot this photo in Macon County at the Super Sod farm outside Marshallville. “I’m sure I looked a bit funny running to get the sun from the right angle and then running away to keep from getting the camera (and me) wet,” Wallace said.


11–Boll Beauty

Ashlee Wood, Wilcox County Wood loves to take photos of the crops her husband, Brad, grows with his dad, Don, on the family farm. She took this photo on See WINNERS page 34

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Something’s Cooking Georgia cooks win $3,500 in 30th Egg Recipe Contest

than fried them to make them healthier. The cucumber sauce is yogurt based so, it’s lower calories.” Other finalists competing in the contest were: Beth Boyd of Ludowici; Saralee

Article & photos by Jennifer Whittaker eborah Abercrombie of Flowery Branch baked the winning recipe in the Georgia Egg Commission’s 30th Egg Recipe Contest. Abercrombie won $2,000 for her Eggcellent Sausage and Cheese Roll. “I just can’t believe I won,” Abercrombie said. “My goal [in cooking] is to find something quick and easy, and eggs are always good. It’s not unusual for me to use four dozen eggs in a week.” Abercrombie decided to enter the contest after coming across newspaper clippings from 1986 when she last competed in the contest and won $100 for her confetti chicken salad. She reached out to the Georgia Egg Commission, got the information for this year’s contest and entered on a lark. Second place winner Jamie Jones is no stranger to the contest having been a finalist

last year and having won third place in 2010. Jones, of Madison, won $850 for her Timeless Strawberry Shortcake Bread Pudding. Jones said her bread pudding recipe, which was baked in eight-ounce Mason jars, could be altered to use whatever fruit is in season – blueberries, strawberries or peaches. “Bread pudding used to be a poor man’s dessert, but now it’s served in some of the fanciest restaurants,” Jones said. “I put it in Mason jars so you could take it anywhere.” After winning the contest in 2009 and 1997, Debra Brooks, of Byron, captured third place and $650 for her Greek Style Breakfast Egg Rolls. Although labeled as a breakfast dish, this creative spin on a gyro would be delicious served any time of the day. “I wanted to do something from another country, and Greek food has a wow factor to it,” Brooks said. “I baked them rather


Eggcellent Sausage & Cheese Roll 1st place, Deborah Abercrombie Serves 6

6 eggs 8 ozs. cream cheese, softened & divided 1/3 cup evaporated milk 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1 Tbsp. all purpose flour 1 lb. Hot sausage, cooked, crumbled, drained 11/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided Preheat oven to 375˚ F. Line the bottom and sides of a 12x 81/2 x 1-inch pan with parchment paper; spray parchment with cooking oil. Beat the eggs with a wire whisk and set aside. Beat 2 ounces cream cheese and milk until smooth. Add flour, salt and pepper until combined. Add eggs; mix well. Pour into parchment-lined pan. Bake 15-20 minutes. While egg mixture is cooking, crumble and cook sausage until done. Drain excess grease. Mix sausage with remaining 6 ounces of cream cheese. Remove egg mixture from oven when puffed and set. Spread sausage mixture over cooked egg mixture and sprinkle with 1 cup cheese. Remove from pan by lifting parchment paper. Roll up cooked egg mixture, peeling parchment paper off while rolling. Sprinkle top of roll with remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Slice and serve. 30

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Brooks of Byron; Mildred Felton of Winterville; Brenda Hammack of Byron; Rhonda Hitch of Kathleen; Betsy Holt of Cartersville; and Deborah Puette of Lilburn. “The theme for this year’s contest was ‘Eggs Any Way, Any Time, Any Place,’ so contestants could do anything they wanted,” said former Egg Commission Executive Director Jewell Hutto. “These cooks are amazing. They understand what eggs do in a recipe and their nutritional benefits.” There’s no telling how many eggs Georgia cooks cracked during the past 30 years in an attempt to win the annual contest. Let’s just say the commission succeeded in its goal of using the contest to increase egg consumption! Robert Howell, who worked for the Egg Commission 38 years, said the contest

began as a way to learn the types of recipes Georgians enjoyed cooking and how they were using eggs. “As the years passed and women became more involved in the workplace and other activities, they still enjoyed cooking for their families, but with less time available to them, they looked to us for recipes that were quick to fix with less ingredients,” Howell said. Sadly, what was a yearly tradition for Georgia cooking enthusiasts came to an end with this year’s contest. No future contests are being planned after Georgia egg producers voted to disband the commission during a referendum held in April. Visit to see the recipes of the other seven finalists.

Timeless Strawberry Shortcake Bread Pudding

ters. Reserve the rest for garnish. Carefully fold in quartered strawberries. Spoon bread mixture into prepared jars, filling 3/4 full. Pour 2 cups water into a 9x13-inch baking dish with sides. Place filled jars in water making a water bath. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until pudding is set. Pudding will be moist. Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan over low heat, melt cream cheese with powdered sugar, stirring until smooth (about 2 minutes or until desired sauce consistency). Remove from heat and stir in remaining vanilla. Before serving, carefully remove jars from water bath and place on a clean towel to dry and slightly cool. Drizzle cream cheese sauce over bread pudding. Garnish with remaining strawberries and serve. For leftovers, replace lids on jars and refrigerate up to 3 days.

2nd place, Jamie Jones Serves 6

6 (8 oz.) jelly jars Nonstick cooking spray 4 eggs, lightly beaten 2 cups half & half 3/4 cup sugar 1/8 tsp. salt 11/2 tsps. vanilla extract 1 (0.10 oz.) packet strawberry shortcake flavor mix* 1/2 lb. loaf stale French or Italian bread, roughly cubed 1 cup white chocolate baking chips 1 lb. fresh strawberries, rinsed & stemmed 2 cups water 4 ozs. cream cheese, softened 1 tbsp. powdered sugar * Found on baking aisle where canned frosting is sold. If not available, you may use 1/2 teaspoon sweetened strawberry flavored powdered drink mix.

Greek Style Breakfast Egg Rolls 3rd place, Debra Brooks Makes 10 egg rolls

Egg Rolls 1 cup frozen grilled steak, thawed, cut in small pieces 4 eggs, soft scrambled 1 tbsp. garlic, minced 1 cup spinach, sautéed & well-drained 1/2 cup feta cheese 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes 10 egg roll wrappers Italian blend cheese, shredded Cooking spray Cucumber Sauce 1 cup plain Greek yogurt 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup cucumber, shredded 1 tbsp. Ranch Dill seasoning (1 tsp. dried dill may be used) 1 tsp. garlic, minced 1 tsp. sugar Salt to taste Fresh dill, garnish

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Remove jar lids and spray sides and bottoms of jelly jars with cooking spray; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk eggs with half and half. Stir in sugar, salt and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add strawberry flavor mix and stir until combined. Fold in bread and chocolate baking chips. With a sharp knife, slice 3/4 of the strawberries into quar-

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Mix together steak, eggs, garlic, spinach, cheese and tomatoes. Spoon evenly into egg roll wrappers and wrap as directed on package. Arrange on a cookie sheet and spray each roll with cooking spray before baking. Bake for about 15 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with Italian blend cheese 5 minutes before removing from oven. While baking, prepare sauce. Mix together yogurt, mayonnaise, cucumber, dill seasoning, garlic, sugar and salt. Serve with egg rolls and garnish with fresh dill.

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Georgia Happenings Annual Tybee Festival Of The Arts


Oct. 24-Dec. 8 Quinlan Visual Arts Center • Gainesville Dec. 24-Jan. 26, 2014 Monroe Arts Guild • Monroe Jan. 28-Feb. 27, 2014 The Currahee Artists Guild • Toccoa March 4-April 17, 2014 Paradise Gardens • Summerville April 19-May 27, 2014 Dogwood City Art Gallery • Tallapoosa Featuring 28 pieces from Georgia’s state art collection, this exhibit highlights the diversity of the collection owned and managed by the Georgia Council for the Arts. The first of its kind in decades, the exhibit features work created by Georgia artists from the 1970s to the 1990s including Benny Andrews, Lucinda Bunnen, Herbert Creecy, Howard Finster, Ruth Laxson and Nellie Mae Rowe. The exhibit will travel to nine communities across the state through Dec. 2014. The exhibit will travel to Jonesboro, Dublin, Tifton and Kingsland, Ga. between May 31 and Dec. 11, 2014. These exhibition dates will be listed in the spring/ summer Georgia Neighbors. For more information visit http://www. or call 404-962-4015.

Nov. 1 – Nov. 3 The Tybee Arts Association holds weekend events for the show and sale of art by Association members. Local artists will show their art, including paintings, driftwood sculpture, fiber arts, stained glass, prints, jewelry, photography, art quilts, prints, glass art, pottery, handcrafted furniture and much more. Friday, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Most shows held at Tybee Arts Building, 7 Cedarwood, Tybee Island.

Mountain Arts and Crafts Celebration

Nov. 2 – Nov. 3 Cloudland Canyon State Park Local skilled and recognized artist painters, sculptors, potters, and crafters will display their work in Group Shelter 1. Some free food and drinks will be available and door prizes will be given. You can visit with the vendors and buy treasures from them.


Every Sat. in Oct. Fall frolics, pumpkin patch & corn maze Nov. 9 Veterans Day Celebration (fireworks) Nov. 16 & 23 Cane grinding Dec. 8 Victorian Village by Candlelight Dec. 14 Wiregrass Christmas Dec. 19 & 20 North Pole Express Train Rides Formerly the Agrirama, this wonderful museum lets visitors step back in time to the late 1800s in Georgia’s wiregrass region. More than 35 structures have been relocated to the 95-acre site and faithfully restored or preserved. Costumed interpreters demonstrate the lifestyle and activities of the time. The GMA Gallery hosts exhibits featuring rural Georgia. Upcoming exhibits include: Oct. 2013-Jan. 2014 Back Roads of Georgia Feb. 2014-April 2014 Women’s Faces in Pottery April 2014-May 2014 Her World in Quilts: Sue Turnquist Visit or call 229-391-5200 for more information.


WESTVILLE’S FALL FESTIVAL Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 Join the folks at Westville in Lumpkin, Ga., as they demonstrate autumn chores common to Georgians in the 1850s like harvesting crops, ginning and spinning cotton, cooking sugar cane into syrup and making candles and soap. Visit http://www. for more information or call 229-838-6310.


Nov. 8-10 Habersham, Rabun, White & Towns Counties Set your GPS for a ramble through the studios, workshops and storefronts of painters, potters, wood turners, jewelry makers and yarn spinners in the Northeast Georgia mountains. Enjoy live demonstrations each day. Visit or call 706-947-1351 for more information. Event hours are Fri., 1-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sun. 1-5 p.m.

The National BBQ Cup

Nov. 15 – Nov. 16 Cumming Largest BBQ contest in the Southeast, with 150 professional and amateur pitmasters competing for $25k in prize money. Activities include arts and crafts, food vendors, a kid zone and more.

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Nov. 23-24 Rock Eagle 4-H Center, Eatonton Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Artists will display their crafts under the covered Georgia EMC Building. Art for sale will include paintings, pottery, jewelry and other fine arts. Food and beverages will be available throughout the show grounds. Visit or call 706-484-2873 for more information.

ies and cider are provided for all volunteers. You are welcome to bring a lunch and have it on the grounds. There is no charge for this event, but participants are asked to call 888733-1850 and register ahead of time.


Most events take place inside the east entrance located seven miles southwest of Folkston, Ga., along GA Highway 121/23. Visit or call 912-496-7366 ext. 233 for more information. Sugar Cane Grinding & Syrup boil Nov. 16 Take part in a traditional sugar cane boil from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cut your own sugar cane from the garden, grind it using a traditional mule operated grinder and sample the juice. Watch as staff and volunteers boil down a vat of sugar cane juice to produce authentic pure cane syrup. Christmas on Chesser Island Dec. 7 Celebrate the holidays at the Chesser Island Homestead with a hayride, luminaries, caroling and live music. The swamp homestead will be decorated with traditional homemade decorations and open for tours. Stay warm by the bonfire while enjoying homemade cookies and cider.


Dec. 2 Deck the Halls! Tired of the commercialization of Christmas? Attendees will learn how to make 19th century Christmas decorations and decorate the historic Westville village. Participants will be working with sharp tools, wire, and other items that could be hazardous for children, so small children should be left at home. CookGeorgia Neighbors • Fall 2013

Dec. 7 Christmas Open House Event includes music, dancing and Christmas celebrations authentic to the 1850s. Visitors will have the chance to make crafts to take home and visit with Father Christmas. Event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit or call 229-838-6310 for more information.

Victorian Christmas

Dec. 12 – Dec. 13 Thomasville Historic Downtown Thomasville and the award winning Great American Main Street City invites you to come and make a memory this Christmas season! Take an unforgettable journey back in time to the 1890s when life was simple and true Christmas spirit reigned. Enjoy horse drawn carriages, strolling carolers, holiday shopping, dancers, musicians, museums, food and holiday delicacies, and of course, St. Nicholas!

All Creatures Great & Small

Thru Jan. 5, 2014 Museum of Arts & Sciences, Macon A special exhibition of paintings, sculptures & mixed-media art from the permanent collection of the Georgia Museum of Art. Exhibit includes works by folk masters Howard Finster and Mose Tolliver. The majority of the featured artists have spent their lives in the South including Georgia artists Michael Crocker, Finster, Willie Jinks, R.A. Miller and O.L. Samuels

Titanoboa: Monster Snake Thru Jan. 25, 2014 Museum of Arts & Sciences, Macon This children’s exhibit is an example of all creatures great! Features a full-scale model of the largest snake known to ever inhabit the earth. Based on the fossil of a 48-foot long, 2,500-pound pre-historic snake found in a Colombian coal mine. Fossil evidence suggests Titanoboa slithered across the earth 60 million years ago, after the extinction of dinosaurs. This is a Smithsonian exhibit with accompanying documentary about the discovery of the fossil. Don’t let a fear of snakes keep you away; it’s not too scary. There’s even a tunnel children can crawl through to pretend they’re inside the snake. Museum of Arts & Sciences Hours of operation 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday. Visit or call 478-477-3232 for more information.


Jan. 24-26, 2014 Speakers include gardening/lifestyle authors James Farmer, Ann McCormick, Thomas Mickey, and Helen Yoest. These authors will have their books available for sale and will sign autographs through the weekend. Other lectures include Hayes Jackson with the Alabama Extension Service, Chris Strand, director of Winterthur Gardens, Lois Trigg Chaplin with Bonnie Plant Farms and Norman Winter with the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. Event includes a garden marketplace and silent and live auctions. Preregistration is required by Jan. 17, 2014. The $249 registration fee includes Friday evening reception, two continental breakfasts, Saturday box lunch and evening banquet and programs with printed materials. For more information contact the Callaway Gardens Education Department at 1-800-225-5292. 33

WE, THE FARMERS from page 2 highest quality in the world. So much so that other countries want our food. When we go to the grocery store we don’t have to worry if the basic items that we want will be there. We just have to decide what brand of milk, bread or cereal we’re going to buy. The state of Georgia is committed to ensuring Georgia’s economy continues to reap the economic benefits of international trade. State leaders have been working diligently for years now to deepen the Port of Savannah in preparation for the expansion of the Panama Canal that will soon accommodate larger ships. Georgia Farm Bureau applauds the Senate for passing legislation that will boost harbor maintenance funding and encourages the House to follow suit. The Port of Savannah is the second largest U.S. container port for exports, and we don’t want

to lose this status to another port. Last year more than 39 percent of the exports that left the Port of Savannah were ag commodities. Foreign countries want our products; we have to ensure we have adequate infrastructure to get our products to them. Speaking of congressional action needed, we’re still waiting on Congress to pass a farm bill. You may question why farmers need a farm bill if we have so much demand for our product overseas. The farm bill is needed because it provides the structure for our food system in the U.S. There are a lot of myths about what the farm bill does and doesn’t do. I encourage you to read the Legislative Update on page 12 to learn more. The farm bill isn’t just for farmers; it’s also for consumers. In 2013, only 16 percent of the total budget for the U.S.

BBQ from page 6 with his dad and brother to write a business plan for selling the sauce. His class worked to develop a name and logo for the sauce. “We settled on Bobby Joe’s Ole’-Time BBQ Sauce because it sounded the most Southern and authentic,” John explained. “The name has a lot of meaning behind it, and it ties in our family tradition of making the sauce.” The Casons decided to partner with the Braswell Food Company in Statesboro to bottle the sauce because their sauce business is a side gig. Bobby Joe, Jane, Mitchell and John all have full-time jobs, and they didn’t have the money to build a plant to process and bottle the sauce that would meet federal food safety standards. “Braswell Food is a local company, and they are experts. They wanted to help us out and bring another family-owned busi-

ness on board,” John said. “We worked with Braswell’s chefs to convert our recipe to make several thousand bottles at a time.” Because many of Bobby Joe’s friends have diabetes, the Casons worked with Braswell Food to develop a sugar-free sauce that’s sweetened with Stevia, a natural sweetener. The Casons sell their sauce directly to individuals by the bottle or case and to stores who retail it. “I don’t go through a distributor because when you do, the price goes up, and we’re trying to keep the price down,” Bobby Joe said. “This is a pleasure to do. I never had any idea I’d be selling it. Just thought I’d be cooking and giving it away.” Visit for more information, or to place an order, call 912-601-2870.

WINNERS from page 29 Oct. 31, 2012. “Brad wanted some pictures of the cotton because it was so beautiful last year. While he likes the wide-angle pictures that show how white the field is, I like the up close shots,” Wood said. “The sky was so beautifully blue that morning. I don’t even think I had the photo contest in mind. I just like having farm pictures each year.” If you’d like to learn more about growing cotton or watermelons, visit Ashlee’s blog at Look for the links to Cotton Elementary and Water34

melon Elementary under the heading “Posts You Might Want to See!” on the homepage.

12 Spring Grazing

Ricky Yarbrough, Jones County Middle Georgians know spring is on the way when the Yoshino cherry trees bloom in March. Yarbrough captured this idyllic scene of his beef cattle grazing ryegrass on his farm in Bradley, Ga. His farm is appropriately named Cherry Ridge Farms Land and Cattle. Visit to learn more about the farm.

Department of Agriculture was allocated for farm programs. Conservation and forestry programs that preserve undeveloped land accounted for six percent while 72 percent was allocated to food assistance and nutrition programs. Also keep in mind that all developed countries have national farm policy with programs to ensure their citizens are fed. This is because being able to produce food for your citizens is a national security issue, just like having a viable military. Proposed changes to the farm bill have farmers taking their share of spending cuts just like every other government program. Farmers realize we have to do this to balance the budget, but we need Congress to pass a farm bill that provides a safety net for the times when commodity prices fall, as they always do because commodity prices are cyclical. As a farmer, I hope your family has a blessed fall and has the chance to visit one of our many certified farm markets that offer Georgia-grown apples, peanuts, pecans and pumpkins. In the book of John, we find the story of a nobleman whose son was sick and dying. He asked Jesus to come and heal his son. We find Jesus’ answer in John 4, verse 48 where Jesus said, “Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.” In Verse 50 Jesus tells the nobleman to “Go thy way; thy son liveth.” The man brought the situation to Jesus and obeyed by believing and going his way. Through trusting Jesus and obeying him, his son lived. Farmers epitomize what it means to trust and obey. They are blessed to have the privilege of planting a seed and watching it grow into the food we need to survive. Farmers are great businessmen and are good at what they do. Year after year, they borrow millions of dollars to put a crop in the ground in all kinds of conditions. In obedience they trust the Lord to water their crops and allow the sun to shine. As the crops grow, a miracle of God happens before our eyes. He always delivers on his promises when we trust and obey. Seeing may be believing, but trusting is believing in something that you can’t see.  Through trusting and obeying Jesus, we not only get to see the miracles, we also get to experience them. I pray that you and your family already know this truth. Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2013

Fall Vegetable Garden Tips From Walter Reeves, The Georgia Gardener,

Garden expert, writer, radio and television host Walter Reeves grew up on a farm in Fayette County where his family raised chickens and cows. Reeves, a Georgia Farm Bureau member, is now a respected garden guru, and the author or co-author of nine books on gardening. Known as “The Georgia Gardener,” he has hosted “The Lawn and Garden Show with Walter Reeves” Saturday mornings on Atlanta’s WSB radio for 19 years. Reeves hosted “Your Southern Garden” on Georgia Public Television for 10 years and can be seen in repeats of the DIY Network’s “Garden Sense.” Reeves also distributes a biweekly email garden newsletter. He graciously shared these tips with us for fall vegetable gardening. Visit his website at to learn more.

October If your late tomatoes aren’t setting fruit, the reason could be poor pollination due to heat and humidity. • Use an electric toothbrush to vibrate each flower cluster two to three times a day for three days. • Or lightly tap each flower cluster with a pencil four to five times a day for three days. Dream of strawberry shortcake for next spring! Plant strawberries in a well-tilled bed. Good strawberry varieties are Earliglow, Allstar, Camarosa and Chandler. • Plant them 12 inches apart, preferably in a raised bed. • Cover plants lightly with pine straw to protect them for the winter.


When to harvest cool-season vegetables  Broccoli: closed.

bright-green color; head still tightly

Cabbage: head is firm, leaves tight.  Collards: bright-green color; small midvein on each leaf.  Mustard Greens: Harvest individual leaves when they are large enough for your use, or harvest the entire plant when leaves are full size. Warm weather will cause the plants to send up flower stalks. Pull out the plants when this happens.

• Remove the foliage of asparagus plants now, before the red berries fall off. Otherwise, seeds will sprout, and the asparagus bed will become too crowded. • Clip out the woody flower stems of mature parsley at ground level, taking care not to damage new leaves that have emerged there. Dig the plants and plant in 6-inch pots to bring indoors to a sunny window. • If parts of your garden will not be used until next spring, you can improve the soil and prevent erosion by planting a cover crop now. Plants can be tilled into the soil just before you plant next spring. Good cover crops are: Cover Crop Crimson Clover Winter Wheat Annual ryegrass Alfalfa

Seeding rate per 1,000 sq. feet 3.3 ounces 40 ounces 1/2 to 1 pound 80 ounces

If you decide not to plant a cover crop over your garden for the winter, at least mulch the garden with wheat straw to prevent erosion. The straw will be almost completely decomposed by spring. Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2013



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“Drop Your Cholesterol Like a Hot Potato!” (By Frank K. Wood) If you suffer from age-related diseases such as elevated cholesterol, arthritis, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or memory problems, you need 1,001 Home Health Secrets for Seniors. From natural remedies for arthritis to how to avoid falls in your home, it’s in this book and written especially with seniors in mind.  Flatten your tummy in your sleep!  Overweight? Chew this and lose those excess pounds!  Unclog your arteries while sipping this amazing tea!  Enjoying this tasty and popular nut can help cut your cholesterol by 20 points without medication! Documented at a cardiac research center in California.  Is it possible to reverse heart

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disorders, and even mental problems!  One super vitamin protects your vision, fights infections, keeps skin, bones, and cells healthy, plus fights heart disease, cancer, memory loss, arthritis, liver disease, Parkinson’s, and complications of diabetes. Are you getting 100%?  Prevent high blood pressure, colon cancer, senility, and fragile bones. All with one — yes, one — inexpensive daily supplement that keeps you healthy and strong.  Nature’s wonder food for your body — once praised by Gandhi. Fights heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, and even protects against breast, colon, and prostate cancer!  Clogged arteries virtually disappear when you add this to your life every day.  Trick your body into losing weight! Melts off fat safely, naturally, and best yet, easily. TO ORDER A COPY The Folk Remedy Encyclopedia for $9.99. See coupon. ©FC&A 2013


disease naturally in 365 days or less? In eight out of every 10 patients studied, “The arteries that had been clogged were clean. The blood vessels started looking clean and clear as they did before they developed heart disease.”  This cheap, easy-to-get, home remedy pill might be the “vaccine” that prevents deadly Alzheimer’s disease!  This arthritis-friendly diet not only eases your pain ... but helps you lose weight and live longer, too!  If you take this common pill every day, you could add years to your life! The medical evidence is mounting! TO ORDER A COPY 1,001 Home Health Secrets for Seniors for $9.99. See coupon. ©FC&A 2013

Learn all these amazing secrets and more. To order your books, just return this coupon with your name and address and a check for $9.99 per book, plus $3.00 shipping and handling to: FC&A, Dept. 4076, 103 Clover Green, Peachtree City, GA 30269. You get a no-timelimit guarantee of satisfaction or your money back. FREE SHIPPING if you order two or more books! You must cut out and return this coupon with your order. Copies will not be accepted! IMPORTANT — FREE GIFT OFFER EXPIRES DECEMBER 3, 2013 All orders mailed by December 3, 2013, will receive a free gift, Get Well and Stay Well, guaranteed. Order right away! Name_________________________________________________ Address________________________________________________ City_________________________State_________Zip__________  Quantity_____ BPFS The Folk Remedy Encyclopedia: Olive Oil, Vinegar, Honey and 1,001 Other Home Remedies  Quantity_____ BVMS The Senior’s Guide to Metabolism  Quantity_____ B5GS 1,001 Home Health Secrets for Seniors 4076

Farm Bureau's Georgia Neighbors - Fall 2013  
Farm Bureau's Georgia Neighbors - Fall 2013  

Farm Bureau's Georgia Neighbors - Fall 2013