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More than 200 champion riders from a variety of horse disciplines were honored during ceremonies at the Georgia Capitol on Georgia Equine Youth Champions Day, held Feb. 4. The champions are pictured with Gov. Nathan Deal (front, center) on the steps inside the state capitol. Both the Georgia House of Representatives and the Georgia Senate recognized the youth, all of whom were winners of state championships or invited to compete in national or world championships. The celebration included a group photo with Gov. Nathan Deal, who also spoke at a luncheon held at the Georgia Freight

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Equine Youth Champions honored at Capitol

Depot next to Underground Atlanta. The luncheon, catered by The Varsity, included presentations of certificates to each individual champion. Among them were 10 world champions.

The ACCE also recognized former “Georgia Farm Monitor” reporter Rick Treptow and ACCE Advisory Board member Ann Jones for their contributions to the industry.

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GSWCC’s 2013 efforts, including progress on maintenance and improvements on some of the state’s 357 watershed dams. “We as a state have needed to do maintenance on these structures for some time,” Dykes said, noting that the GSWCC is pursuing improvements on three to five dams per year. “Things like removal of trees and brush and minor engineering work. We’re doing that in a limited fashion across the state, and we’ll be doing more in the coming year.” Duvall talked about finding people who are passionate about organizations like Farm Bureau and the GACDS. The three-day event included meetings for the Georgia Resource Conservation & Development Council, NRCS employees, the boards for the GACDS and GSWCC. Attendees were also offered educational sessions and the release of the GSWCC Green Book - the Manual for Erosion and Sediment Control in Georgia. It can be seen online at During the meeting, Jim L. Gillis Jr. of Treutlen County was recognized for his 75 years of service as a district supervisor on the Ohoopee River Soil and Water Conservation District. Dell Fleming MacGregor of DeKalb County was named District Supervisor of the Year. The late George Hillsman of Oconee County was inducted into the GACDS Hall of Fame.

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GACDS meeting spotlights conservation efforts

Danny Hogan, president of the Georgia Association of Conservation District Supervisors, speaks at the organization’s annual meeting.

Georgia’s conservation leaders were given updates about activities of various conservation organizations in 2013 and heard motivational speeches from Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall and Georgia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Chris Clark during the annual meeting of the Georgia Association of Conservation District Supervisors (GACDS) Jan. 24-26 at the Marriott Macon City Center. Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission (GSWCC) Executive Director Brent Dykes provided an update on the

UGA Extension celebrates 100 years

The University of Georgia Extension is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act, which created the national network of educators known as Cooperative Extension, in 1914. Extension is collecting stories from farmers, homemakers, Extension agents, retired agents, former 4-H members and anyone who has been influenced by Extension. Visit to submit your story. Selected stories will be compiled as part of this historical website celebrating Extension’s centennial. An exhibit, “100 Years of Extension: The Legacy of the Smith-Lever Act in Georgia,” will be displayed at the Richard B. Russell Library on UGA’s Athens Campus May 1-June 30. Hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays. Call 706-542-4444 for more information.

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Georgia Farm Bureau News - April 2014  

Georgia Farm Bureau News - April 2014

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