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Contents Fall 2014 • Vol. 19, No. 2

Mercer preparing doctors for rural practice


Since 1982 the Mercer University School of Medicine has worked to train doctors who will practice in rural areas of Georgia underserved by medical care. Dr. Jean Sumner was a member of Mercer’s first class of doctors in 1986 and practices in Johnson County.

departments We, the Farmers .......................................... 2 Member Services Update ....................10, 16 Kids Corner................................................. 12 Insurance Update ....................................... 14 Legislative Update....................................... 20 Georgia Happenings................................... 24 Something’s Cooking.................................. 26

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Young Farmer contest finalists compete for big prizes


GFB named the finalists for its three Young Farmer contests during the organization’s Young Farmer Leadership Conference in July. Winners of the state awards will be named in December at the annual GFB convention and will advance to the national competition.

World War II vets share memories of service


With Veterans Day coming up Nov. 11, we’re honored to share the stories of two Georgia Farm Bureau members who fought in World War II. North Fulton County Farm Bureau President Dorsey Coleman (pictured) fought in the Pacific with the Marines. Toombs County Farm Bureau Director P.A. Grace served in Europe with the Army.

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GFB names photo contest winners Get the story behind the top 13 photos of Georgia Farm Bureau’s 5th annual photo contest. Thanks to everyone who submitted a photo and please plan to enter again next year!

Nunn and Perdue meet with GFB Board


U.S. Senate candidates Michelle Nunn and David Perdue spoke to the Georgia Farm Bureau Board of Directors on Aug. 28. Learn what they had to say about issues impacting agriculture and rural Georgia. Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2014

It’s fall – think azaleas?


So you probably knew that fall is the best time to plant trees and shrubs, like azaleas, so they can establish their root systems in cooler weather, but did you know there are many azalea varieties that bloom in the fall? Learn about these varieties and get planting tips from Georgia Gardener Walter Reeves.

(Photo by Michelle Hall) Jackson County Farm Bureau member Michelle Hall has a talent for capturing heart-warming interaction between kids and animals. Check out the photo of the little girl with chickens on page 29 that won her an honorable mention in GFB’s photo contest. Hall says the little boy in this photo picked up his new puppy, Scout, when the dog grew tired of playing inspiring her to title the photo ‘I’ll carry you when times are Ruff.” 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 2015 spring/summer issue we’ll email you a link to our website.

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Harvest, a time of plenty I can’t remember the last time that the first day of fall was cool and actually felt like fall, but it sure did this year! Farmers across Georgia are busy harvesting their cotton, peanuts, pecans and soybeans. Farmers often have to drive their harvesting equipment and tractors on public highways to get from one field to another. If you’re traveling on a rural road and come up behind a piece of farm equipment, please be patient and wait to pass it until you have a clear view of the road ahead and can be certain no other vehicle is coming. We shouldn’t ever text while driving, but please don’t text while you’re driving behind farm equipment. By the time you look up from your phone, the farmer may have stopped to wait for a car to pass so he can turn off the highway. I encourage you to pass the time you spend driving behind a farmer praying for him and his family as they harvest their crops and thanking God for the food supply our country enjoys. The abundance, variety, affordability and safety of the food produced in our country that’s available to us in our grocery stores is the envy of the world. On average, American consumers spend 10 percent of their disposable income on food. Did you know we spend the smallest percentage of our income on food of any country in the world? Did you know that the average farmer produces enough food and fiber for 154 people? This is possible thanks to advances in the types of seeds we plant that produce higher yields and the improved crop and livestock production methods farmers have adopted that protect the soil, reduce pests and improve the health of our livestock. If you’re interested in learning more about day-to-day life on the farm, then I encourage you to check out the movie Farmland that is available for online view2

ing at Hulu and Hulu Plus until Oct. 30. Produced by Oscar-winning director James Moll, Farmland follows six young farmers through a year, including GFB members Leighton and Brenda Cooley. I promise you’ll gain a new understanding of what daily farm life is like and how your food is grown. Despite the U.S. having the best food production system in the world, I realize there are lots of people in our country, even in our local communities, who struggle to feed their families. That’s why Georgia Farm Bureau is again collecting donations for its annual Harvest for All Campaign to raise money for the Georgia Food Bank Association, which divides our annual donation among the seven regional food banks across the state. If you’d like to be a part of this effort, stop by your county Farm Bureau office by Nov. 5 to make a donation. This is one of the many ways Georgia Farm Bureau gives back to communities across the state. Another way GFB gives back to local communities across Georgia is by sponsoring organizations such as the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) and the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association (GICAA) that organize the academic and sport competitions the young people of our state compete in. We started our sponsorship with the GHSA in fall 2011. Since then we’ve received positive feedback from lots of you who appreciate GFB sponsoring the GHSA football and basketball finals televised on GPB Television and our sponsorship of the “Georgia High School Scoreboard Show” and the “Countdown to Kickoff” football radio shows. This spring we decided to become the official trophy sponsor for all GICAA athletic and literary competitions. Founded in 2013, GICAA organizes athletic and academic competition for more than 90 private, independent and faith-based high schools and middle schools across Georgia. Farm Bureau has grassroots in every community in this state, so our sponsorSee WE, THE FARMERS page 27








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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: Bill Bryan, Chattooga; Henry J. West, Rydal SECOND DISTRICT: Bobby Gunter Dahlonega; Randy Ruff, Elberton THIRD DISTRICT: George Chambers, Carrollton; Nora Goodman, Temple FOURTH DISTRICT: Skeetter McCorkle, Dearing; 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: Matthew London, Cleveland WOMEN’S COMMITTEE CHAIR: Elaine Avery, Dexter INFORMATION STAFF Andy Lucas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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 Kenny Burgamy . . . . . . Radio-TV Specialist Vickie Amos . . . . . . . . Office Coordinator ADVERTISING POLICY Georgia Farm Bureau Federation reserves the right to accept or reject all advertising requests. 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 perorder, 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 2014 by the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation. Printed by Panaprint, Macon, GA.

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r. Jean Sumner’s office at her internal medicine practice in Wrightsville has the requisite collection of medical books and patient files, but what catches the eye are the pictures: family members, friends, award presentations and places visited. What’s in the manila folders provides a record of her patients’ state of health. In similar fashion, Sumner’s office provides a record of the state of her life. By appearances, it’s a life well lived, or, as she puts it, “a life enjoyed. I hope I have a few more years left.” For much of her 28-year career as a physician, Sumner has been the only doctor living in Johnson County, which has no hospital. Having grown up in neighboring Washington County, she remained close to her family and responded to the community’s need for health care. She started as a nurse and in 1982 enrolled at the Mercer University School of Medicine, where she was a member of the school’s first graduating class in 1986. She knew that Wrightsville and Johnson County needed her. “My husband is a pharmacist. I was a nurse. You’d watch people come home from work. They worked out of the county, they’d come home at 5 o’clock and they’d end up in the emergency room,” Sumner said. “You’d hear about somebody coming to the drug store trying to find something to treat symptoms and then die during the night. You understood that working families and poor families and older people have no place to turn if there’s no health care in a community.” Those in Johnson County turn to Sumner, whose practice goes well beyond internal medicine. Between treating chronic 4

counties – 53 – had no pediatricians. Georgia is not alone in this regard. According to the National Rural Health Association, while 20 percent of the U.S. population lives in rural areas, only 10 percent of its doctors practice in rural areas. This distribution, and the resulting distance of travel required to seek care in many cases, is one of several key barriers to health care in rural areas. If a patient is a 40-minute drive from his ear, nose and throat specialist and has to take a day off work to make arrangements for child care and spend extra money on gasoline, it’s less likely the patient will visit that doctor. “You see a person with an ear problem and they’ll go to an ENT. They have diabetes and they’ll go to an endocrinologist. They have a heart problem and they go to a cardiologist,” Sumner said. “Those specialties are incredibly valuable, but they’re not here. So you use them and certainly access them when needed, but very commonly you are it. So you need to manage the entire person in the context of their family and job and everything else. There are a lot of social challenges.” The development of Mercer’s medical school was an attempt to remove those barriers. If the patients couldn’t or wouldn’t go to a doctor for treatment, the school would endeavor to get the doctors closer to them. According to the school’s website, 60 percent of its graduates practice in Georgia, See DOCTORS page 35

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ailments like diabetes or hypertension, she’s often the first provider to treat a wide variety of injuries and health emergencies. If a farm worker has an accident or someone has a heart attack, her office on West Elm Street is where they go. After hours, she is the de facto emergency room, wherever she happens to be. If she has to take an ambulance ride to Macon or Augusta with a trauma patient, that’s just part of the job. “I used to tell my children they had to learn CPR because people would knock on the door and collapse,” Sumner said. She described a phone conversation with a colleague from a large city, during which a patient came in after being injured by a cow. “I said, ‘I’m sorry, but I have to hang up. I’ve got a man run over by a cow,’ ” Sumner recalled. “He called back a few minutes later and asked if I said ‘car’ or ‘cow,’ and I told him cow. We see agricultural injuries. Not only do we treat those injuries or stabilize them and transfer, but we also educate farm families about safety and safety precautions, and try to anticipate what can go wrong.” This is the life of a rural doctor, particularly those going it alone in their county, which is not an isolated phenomenon. According to the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce, there were 20 counties in 2010 (the most recent year for which statistics are available) that had one or no primary care physicians. One third of the state’s 159

Mercer University medical students Brittany Chandler, left, and Whitney Bembry are training to tackle rural health issues. Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2014

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ixteen million Americans served in World War II, but the National WW II Museum estimates only a little more than 1 million are still with us. With the youngest who served now entering their 90s, an average of 555 WW II vets die every day. In September, GFB media had the honor of interviewing two Georgia Farm

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Coleman tried to join the Army in 1939 when he was 17, but his dad, George, found out and had him discharged. Three years later, he joined the Marines on Dec. 8 at age 20. “I just liked what I saw in the Marine Corps,” Coleman said when asked why he joined that branch of the service. “You had to be heavy enough and tall enough to go through Parris Island.” Coleman credits growing up on his family farm in Roswell for making him a strong, muscular 200-pound Marine just shy of six feet tall. He trained for 10 weeks on Parris Island in Port Royal, S.C., and says of boot camp, “Guys were falling out, but it didn’t bother me. I could have taken two times what they gave out.” He says he understood why the drill instructor had to be so rough. “That DI had 10 weeks to make every one of those guys so darn mean that they didn’t think nothing of pulling a trigger and killing a man.” See COLEMAN page 22

Dorsey Coleman served in the Marines during WW II seeing combat at Tarawa in November 1943.


Bureau members who served. Fulton County Farm Bureau President Dorsey Coleman, 91, fought in the Pacific in the Marine Corps while Toombs County Farm Bureau Director P.A. Grace, 90, served in the Army in Europe. Each survived historic battles that turned the tides for the Allies in their respective theatre of war. Both returned home to the farms where they grew up to live and raise families.

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Pierce Arnold Grace, known in his community as P.A., grew up on his family farm in the Cedar Crossing community of Toombs County. “I think the experience I had as a child on the farm taught me to take care of myself. It taught me to persevere,” Grace said. He also credits his farm background with teaching him how to handle equipment and get along with a lot of people. His father, Benjamin, saw that his son continued his education at an engineering school in Norfolk, Va., after he finished the 11 years the local school offered. While in Norfolk, Grace helped build the USS Alabama putting label plates on gun turrets and installing lavatories. Despite having studied how to maintain Navy equipment, he was drafted into the Army at age 19. “The Army needed me, and the Navy didn’t,” Grace said. “The war was in a tight when I went in and everybody went into the infantry. There was a big shortage due to all the men lost.” He was assigned to the 36th Infantry 143rd Regiment and See GRACE page 22

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WW II vet P.A. Grace is pictured on his Toombs County farm with an MI Garand automatic like the one he used serving in the Army in Europe. Grace’s grandchildren gave him the gun for Christmas three years ago. Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2014

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The three finalist families for the 2014 Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Achievement Award. From left: Drew and Shelly Echols with their children Chloe and Cohen of Hall County; Matt and Melissa Bottoms with daughters Anna, left, and Madelyn of Pike County; and Lori and Chris Rogers with son Caleb of Jefferson County.

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here will be some serious competition and big-time prizes on the line at the 2014 Georgia Farm Bureau Convention on Jekyll Island Dec. 7-9. GFB will announce the winners of its Young Farmer Achievement Award and the Young Farmer Excellence in Agriculture Award. The final round of the 2014 Young Farmer Discussion Meet will decide the winner in that competition. The finalists in all three competitions were announced during the 2014 GFB Young Farmer Leadership Conference on Jekyll Island in July. The finalist families for the Young Farmer Achievement Award are Matt and Melissa Bottoms of Pike County, Drew and Shelly Echols of Hall County and Chris and Lori Rogers of Jefferson County. The Achievement Award recognizes young farmers who derive the majority of their income from production agriculture. The three finalists hosted judges for onfarm visits in September. Each family receives a travel allowance 8

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Receive 15 percent off as a Georgia Farm Bureau member on any make or model of Grasshopper True ZeroTurn™ mower and any parts or accessories purchased at the same time with the mower. Grasshopper is a family-owned business with more than 50 years of manufacturing experience. The Grasshopper Company has specialized in manufacturing True ZeroTurn™ riding rotary mowers since 1969. Grasshopper products are proudly made in the USA and are available through a worldwide network of knowledgeable, independent dealers offering sales, parts and service to turf care professionals, business and government entities and discerning individuals. Find your local grasshopper dealer today by visiting grasshopper.html. Proof of GFB membership is required.

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Horses.. the Mane Attraction

Horses have been on earth for more than 50 million years. Humans domesticated horses some 6,000 years ago and the bond helped shape human history. They helped plow fields and haul goods, served on battlefields, and provided transportation across large expanses of land as humans explored and settled new territories. There are more than 200 breeds of horses from the powerful Clydesdale to the graceful Arabian. Today, some are still used on farms, provide transportation, and help manage livestock, but most are adored companions we ride on trails and compete in a variety of events from barrel racing to track racing to jumping to dressage. They are also excellent therapy animals. Learn more about the horse by matching the words to the description, then find the word in the word search. 1. A member of the genus Equus and family Equidae which includes horses, donkeys and zebras. 2. This equine species is wild, has black and white stripes, and lives in Africa. 3. This is the offspring of a male donkey

and a female horse. They generally cannot reproduce. 4. This equine species is small and has ears that are much longer in proportion to their size than a horse’s. 5. A mature female horse. 6. A mature male horse. 7. A newborn or very young horse, male or female. 8. A male horse 4 years old or younger. 9. A female horse 4 years old or younger. 10. A castrated male. 11. A female horse when she gives birth. (Secretariat’s was Somethingroyal) 12. A male horse when he becomes a father. (Secretariat’s was Bold Ruler) 13. Technically, a horse that is smaller than 14.2 hands. Breeds include Shetland and Welsh. 14. Horses are measured in this unit which equals 4 inches. The height of the horse is measured from the ground to the withers. 15. The ridge between the shoulder blades of a 4-legged animal. 16. A group of midweight horse types



















and breeds used for equestrian sport. Examples are Quarter Horse, Tennessee Walking Horse, and Lipizzaner. 17. Larger, gentle horses for working or hauling. Examples are Clydesdale, Percheron, and Belgian. 18. Swift, fast horses used for racing and speed. Examples are Arabian and Thoroughbred. 19. Winning the Triple Crown in 1973, this big red stallion holds the record at the Belmont Stakes where he ran 1.5 miles in 2:24 minutes and won by 31 lengths. (A length is the approximate length of one horse.) 20. A series of horse races which include the Kentucky Derby (11/4 miles, Louisville, KY), the Preakness Stakes (13/16 miles, Baltimore, MD), and the Belmont Stakes (1.5 miles, Elmont, NY). 21. Each July tens of thousands of spectators come to watch the Saltwater Cowboys swim a select herd of these wild ponies in thePony Swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island in Virginia. A. Colt B. Withers C. Chincoteague Ponies D. Pony E. Secretariat F. Mule G. Foal H. Warmbloods I. Hotbloods J. Zebra K. Mare

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Your trees, your liability Trees enrich the landscape of Georgia. Think how dull our lives would be without the blooms of a redbud in late winter, the fragrant magnolia in late spring, the shade of an oak in summer or the color of a maple in the fall. There’s also the economic importance that pine trees and hardwoods raised for timber offer. Trees symbolize the energy, economy, environment, and history of this great state. As a property owner, you may recognize the value that trees provide, but did you know that trees may also be a liability? What happens if a tree growing on your land falls? What is your responsibility if the tree falls on your neighbor’s car, your neighbor’s house or your neighbor? Healthy trees on your property afford little risk to you. As long as you are attentive and responsive to the condition of your property, including your trees, you should be free from responsibility if an “Act of God” causes a loss to occur. With Georgia Farm Bureau as your insurance partner, we are here to help you pick up the pieces and return your damaged property to pre-loss condition. We are also

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, March 26, 2015, at the Georgia Farm Bureau Building, 1620 Bass Road, Macon, Ga., 31210. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m.

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here to defend you, up to your policy liability limits, from claims where you are liable for damage to someone else’s property. Consider this scenario if lightning strikes a pine tree in your yard: You see the wound down the trunk, but the needles are green, and the tree is still standing. Time passes. You shrug off the needles turning brown and the loosening bark. One day your neighbor throws his hand up to chat, and as you end your conversation, he points out that your tree is dying and leaning slightly towards the street. You make a mental note to find someone to help you remove the tree, but then, the tree moves down your priority list. A month passes, and another, and then a small storm blows through. You hear screeching tires and run to the window to witness a pickup underneath that tree. You rush to dial 911, but what happens next? Hopefully the driver isn’t injured, and the only concern is the damaged truck and debris cleanup. The reality, however, is that you may be found liable for your failure to remove the tree promptly, especially since it was your tree, and you had clear knowledge it was dead before the loss occurred. Most homeowner and farm-owner policies provide up-to-the-limits of liability coverage to protect you if a situation like the one above occurs. If you have low liability limits, you may be exposed to personal liability above the coverage of your policy. Annually, news media report events where property is damaged, vehicles crushed or people killed from falling trees. In most cases, the loss is a result of an “Act of God,” but there are times when the accident could be avoided altogether. As a property owner, you are responsible for taking reasonable measures to ensure that your property, including your trees, is not a hazard that can create damage or loss to others. Prevention is a key component as you partner with Georgia Farm Bureau to reduce and remove risks that can leave you and your family exposed to litigation and personal financial loss. Your trees, when ne-

glected, can fall or drop large limbs resulting in property damage to others or even bodily injury to a passerby. Inspect your property and your trees, regularly. Consult with a registered forester or a certified arborist. Be watchful for dead or dying trees or limbs, leaning tree trunks, or early signs of rot. If someone makes a point to notify you of a hazard on your property, it is your responsibility to take immediate action to eliminate the exposure. Don’t take unnecessary risks. If the tree is in a precarious place or susceptible to falling across a structure when taken down, then make sure you hire a licensed, insured professional to remove it. Consult with your Farm Bureau agent and make sure your liability limits adequately protect your assets from personal exposure above the limits of the policy. Trees are a magnificent attribute to your land; make sure this natural asset doesn’t create an unnecessary liability for your family. Patrick Smith is senior manager of automobile/casualty claims at the GFB Mutual Insurance Company. He holds the insurance designations of Associate in Claims and Fraud Claim Law Associate. Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2014







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Georgia Farm Bureau is now offering its members a $10 discount when they purchase an annual family membership for Air Evac Lifeteam (AEL). Even with medical insurance, the use of an air medical transport can leave you with unexpected and uncovered expenses. As a member of AEL, you will not incur any out-of-pocket expenses in connection with your flight if you, or a member of your household, are airlifted by AEL or any of the AirMedCare Network providers. Whatever your health insurance benefits provider pays will be considered payment in full. An AEL membership also makes you a member of the AirMedCare Network, which is an alliance among AEL, MedTrans Air Medical Transport, EagleMed and REACH Air Medical Services, creating America’s largest air ambulance membership program. Your membership with AEL enrolls you in all four – giving you coverage in more than 200 locations across 27 states. AEL has nine bases located across Georgia in Carrollton, Cordele, Douglas, Dublin, Jesup, LaGrange, Snellville, Statesboro and Vidalia. AEL partner Erlanger LifeForce has bases in Blue Ridge and Calhoun. Each base covers communities located within a 70-mile radius. On April 10, Evans County Farm Bureau member Leigh Bell suffered a severe diabetic seizure. Bell quit breathing and had to be resuscitated and ventilated. Needing a


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Evans County Farm Bureau member Leigh Bell, center, received the medical care she needed following a diabetic seizure thanks to Air Evac Lifeteam. Bell is pictured with Air Evac flight nurse Stacey Tapley, left, and Air Evac paramedic Jeffrey Fussell, who worked on her as Air Evac pilot Herb Craven, not pictured, flew her from Evans Memorial Hospital to Memorial Hospital in Savannah on April 10.

level of care only available at a larger hospital, Bell was airlifted from Evans Memorial Hospital to Memorial Hospital in Savannah. An AEL team was dispatched from the Statesboro base and arrived at Evans Memorial within 10 to 15 minutes. Traveling 120 miles per hour, the AEL team was able to transport Bell to Savannah within 20 minutes. Bell credits the AEL team for helping to save her life that day. The time saved by airlifting her to Savannah likely made the difference between life and death. Stories like this play out every day as some areas – especially rural regions – are underserved by trauma centers because of the expense of operating these centers. In a medical emergency where a life or limb is threatened, successful patient treatment often depends on the time it takes to deliver the patient to the hospital. Many rural Georgians must be airlift-

ed in these types of emergencies. The bill that follows is often substantial and can be shocking to the patient and their family. Annual AEL family memberships are normally $65, but as a GFB member, you’ll pay only $55 to gain access to the services of Air Evac and the AirMedCare Network. Whatever your health insurance provider pays will be considered payment in full. Fortunately, Bell’s story has a happy ending. Bell is doing very well now. In August, Gary Bell, Leigh’s husband, arranged for the AEL crew that flew her to Savannah to make a surprise landing on their farm. To learn more about Air Evac Lifeteam and the AirMedCare Network, visit your local county Farm Bureau office or http:// Jay Murdock is director of the GFB Member Services Department. Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2014

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GMO crops provide benefits For hundreds of years, people have manipulated plant genes by crossbreeding individual specimens for traits that benefit humans. Traditional crossbreeding depends on numerous crosses and hoping that a good plant variety will randomly occur. Bioengineering reduces the randomness by inserting one or more specific genes for a desired trait into a plant. The result is a genetically modified organism (GMO). There are currently eight crops commercially available from GMO seeds in the U.S.: corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya and squash. Since the first seeds genetically modified with pest management traits became available for major crops in 1996, critics of GMOs have worked to make consumers afraid of food grown using this production tool. In February, the USDA published a report titled “Genetically Engineered Crops in the United States.” According to this report, 93 percent of soybeans, 85 percent of corn and 82 percent of cotton acres planted in the U.S. in 2013 were grown using with GMO seeds. The U.S. isn’t alone in adopting this technology. According to the USDA, 420 million acres of GE crops were planted in 28 countries in 2012 and many more countries import GMO crops. In less than 20 years, this new technology has become the norm on American farms and around the world. Why has this happened? Most farmers are conservative with their finances, and GMO seeds cost more lots more. The technology fee tacked onto a bag of GMO seed often costs more than the seed itself. Why would a farmer be willing to pay $200-$300 more for a bag of GMO seed compared to non-GMO seed? It’s because GMOs provide many benefits for farmers and consumers. One benefit for farmers is that GMO crops often have herbicide tolerance (HT), which allows farmers to control weeds by using a broad-spectrum weed killer without 20

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There are currently eight crops approved to be grown from GMO seeds in the U.S.: corn, soybeans (pictured above), cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya and squash.

good news for everybody. The use of GMO seed also increases farmers’ production efficiency, which results in lower food costs for consumers. Higher yields, fewer chemicals, better soil health, fewer greenhouse gas emissions - all of these things are good, but we’re talking about our food. The question everyone wants answered is: Is it safe to eat GMO crops? Many of the world’s premier scientific bodies, including the National Academies of Science, the American Medical Association, and the World Health Organization have studied this issue for more than a decade and found GMOs to be safe. At least three U.S. regulatory agencies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have subjected GMO crops to intense See GMO page 33 Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2014

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COLEMAN from page 6 After leaving Parris Island, Coleman was sent to Washington, D.C., to guard the Naval Communication Annex. While in DC., he briefly served a stint on kitchen patrol putting the domestic skills he learned during the couple of years he and his dad lived as batchelors after his sisters married. His KP duty was cut short due to inflamed tonsils and an infection on his hand, and he was sent to New River, N.C., for artillery training. “They gave me a Browning Automatic Rifle, and buddy I fell in love with that thing,” Coleman recalls. Before he knew it, he was boarding a ship in Rhode Island bound for the Pacific. He said the ship sailed through the Panama Canal and took 31 days to sail to American Samoa. To escape his seasick bunkmates, Coleman once again volunteered for KP duty. He was assigned the task of making coffee every morning at 5 a.m. To survive the “lousy” food he struck deals with the guys in charge of the bread and butter rations. In exchange for bringing them each a hot pitcher of coffee every morning, he got a loaf of bread with butter each day. Coleman managed to pass most of his time aboard ship in the kitchen. “I don’t like to go in holes. I wanted to stay out where I could jump into the water if I needed to.” After several months on American Samoa, Coleman served in the heavy artillery unit of the 2nd Marine Division that fought Japan to take the Island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands along the equator. Controlling Tarawa was important to the U.S. and its Allies because they wanted to take the Marshall Islands to establish an air base to attack the Marianas Islands and move on to the Philippines and Japan. A Japanese garrison and air base on Betio was cutting off communication between the Marshall Islands and Hawaii. Although it’s the largest island in the Tarawa Atoll, Betio is only about 800 yards wide and about two miles long. The battle of Tarawa began in the early morning of Nov. 20, 1943, and lasted for 76 hours. “The first day we suffered the majority of our casualties. Half drowned and others were mowed down. The Japanese surprised us because there were Imperial Marines on the island, and they were dug in,” Coleman said. Coleman said he went onto the island in the second wave of troops serving in the long-range artillery. “I pulled the trigger, but I never knew if a shell hit a human being,” Coleman said. “I had the best job on the gun. As the lanyard man I held a piece of rope and pulled it when they said to.” When the battle was over, almost 1,700 U.S. and ally service men were dead and 2,101 were wounded. The Japanese lost 4,690 men. See COLEMAN page 32 22

GRACE from page 6 trained in Fort Worth, Texas, for 20 weeks. “It came natural because I had guns since I was 8 years old,” Grace said. Grace got to visit his family before boarding a ship in New Jersey that took him to Europe. He remembers the ship zig zagging across the Atlantic to dodge submarines and taking showers in salt water. He said he didn’t get seasick, but a lot of his shipmates did. “It took about 10 days to travel to Scotland. Then we crossed England in a train and then crossed the English Channel in a small boat,” Grace said. He recalls arriving in France in October. His division was attached to Gen. George Patton during the Battle of the Bulge that occurred between Dec. 16, 1944, to Jan. 25, 1945. The battle began after Germany launched an offensive campaign through the forested Ardennes region of Belgium, France and Luxembourg. Grace said the food and weather was almost as bad as the enemy. “It was the worst weather they had in France in years. At one point it reached 16 below zero. My feet froze and my toenails came off.” He served as a machine gunner in the Alsace region of France, the southern section of the Battle of the Bulge. “We had to guard the tanks and the tanks guarded the infantry. It was a team affair,” Grace recalled. About 610,000 U.S. forces were involved in the battle that resulted in 19,000 U.S. deaths, 47,500 wounded and 23,000 captured or missing. It was the largest and bloodiest battle the U.S. fought in WW II. Grace was wounded on Jan. 31, 1945, by friendly fire when a mortar shell fell short. He was shipped to Paris then England. He came back to the U.S. in a hospital ship and received a medical discharge. He was awarded a Bronze star and the Infantry Combat Badge for his service. In January 1946 he married his high school sweetheart, Bobbie Nell Stanley, with whom he exchanged letters throughout the war. They had two daughters, Shirley Grace Cook, who died several years ago, and Beth Grace Morris. The Graces were blessed with four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Since his wife died in 2002, Grace stays busy attending American Legion and Farm Bureau meetings. He bought 410 acres of his dad’s farm with GI money and farmed for several years growing peanuts, corn and produce for Piggly Wiggly, but said, “I was not a successful farmer, and so I planted trees in 1961.” Through the years he operated a wrecker business, had a trucking business and worked building interstates I-16 and I-95 and Hartsfield Airport. “I’ve always worked for myself,” Grace said. “I’ve left a lot of tracks.” Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2014

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Oct. 29 – Dec. 11 O.F. Edwards North Center, Kingsland Exhibit features 28 pieces of Georgia’s state art collection. Visit http://www.gaarts. org or call 404-962-4015 for more information.


Oct. 30-Nov. 1 • Lumpkin Fall has arrived in this historic village where it’s always 1850. See the leaves turning and cotton being ginned. Smell the cane juice being cooked into syrup. Watch reenactors make candles, spin cotton, work wood and pound the blacksmith’s iron. Muscogee Creek Indians will demonstrate traditional ways of storing food for the winter. Event runs from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call 229-838-6310 or visit http://www.westville. org for more information including admission prices.


Tallulah Gorge State Park • Tallulah Falls Nov. 1, 9 & 15 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. all days Hike down to Bridal Veil Falls to watch kayakers paddle the Tallulah River. The water flowing through the gorge will be stronger than usual making the falls more outstanding. Hike is strenuous. Bring snack and water. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. Call 706-754-7981 for more information. If this hike sounds too tough, there are easier walks through the park. Visit the park’s Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center that displays the history of this Victorian resort town and the ecosystem of the area.

Dec. 13 Enjoy festive music and sweet treats as you tour the historic village. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Nov. 15 • Darien Living history presentations highlighting the various cultures and people that inhabited Georgia’s coast before our state was established in the 1730s. A battle reenactment will occur at 2 p.m. Call 912437-4770 or visit FortKingGeorge for more information.

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Nov. 1 & 2 • Walker County Enjoy the fall scenery while browsing booths of handmade crafts and food vendors from across the U.S. Event will be held at the group shelter. Benefits the Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park. $10 per car

Nov. 22 From 6 – 8 p.m. Go Native Now performers will provide a Native American dance program as guests enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal under the stars. The dinner is a ticketed event that requires reservations by Nov. 15. Call 229-391-5205 to make a reservation or visit http://www.abac. edu/museum for more information about any museum events.


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Nov. 15 • Juliette Beginning quilters can learn about hand piecing and stitching in the big frame and the steps of making a quilt. Event runs from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. See HAPPENINGS page 30 Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2014

GFB cookbooks still available

Want to get a head start on your Christmas shopping? Copies of “A Legacy of Georgia Cooking,” published by the Georgia Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee, which features recipes provided by GFB members are still available. Most of these recipes feature Georgia-grown commodities and have been served at family suppers, Farm Bureau and church events statewide, so you know they’re good. Most county Farm Bureaus are selling the cookbook, which is beautifully illustrated with original artwork and photos depicting Georgia agriculture. To purchase a cookbook, contact your county Farm Bureau office or the GFB Field Services Department at 478-0679, ext. 5231 or email With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, we’re sharing a classic pecan pie recipe that comes from Linda Ann Jacobs in Appling County. Jacobs says the recipe has been in her family for almost 65 years, passing down through five generations. Her grandmother developed the recipe and added flour to make the pie firm. Her grandson loves the pie and was making it with adult supervision when he was eight years old.

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Instructions Cream eggs and sugar together. Add flour, corn syrup and vanilla. Stir in pecans. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Bake at 300 degrees 1 hour. Serves 6 to 8.

Nuts about Pecans 3 Did you know pecan trees are native to the United States? 3 The U.S. produces about 80 percent of the world’s pecan crop. In 2012, nearly three-fourths of U.S. pecans were produced in Georgia, New Mexico and Texas, with Georgia being the top producer. 3 Georgia has been a top pecan producing state since the late 1800s. 3 Pecan trees usually range in height from 70 to 100 feet, but some trees grow as tall as 150 feet or higher. Trees may grow to be 80 feet in diameter. 3 Pecans are among the top category of foods to contain the highest antioxidant capacity. 3 One ounce of pecans provides 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for fiber. 3 Pecans are a natural, high-quality source of protein that contain very few carbohydrates and no cholesterol. Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2014


Something’s Cooking Georgia Apple Ham Sandwiches

any Georgians travel to the mountains during the fall to enjoy the colorful leaves and visit one of the many apple orchards in North Georgia. Even if you aren’t able to travel to the mountains, you can still enjoy the taste of fall with these easy recipes featured on the September segment of “Meals from the Field.” The Apple Cheese Casserole makes a great side dish for any meal - breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Georgia Apple Ham Sandwiches are sure to be a hit at tailgates or fall picnics. “Meals from the Field” airs monthly on Georgia Farm Bureau’s weekly “Georgia Farm Monitor” TV show and is produced in partnership with the Georgia Department of Agriculture and its Georgia Grown program. You can view the cooking segments on the Farm Monitor YouTube Channel at Check out the listing of GFB Certified Farm Markets at to locate apple orchards or markets that sell Georgia Grown apples.

12 soft dinner rolls * 4 ounces soft cream cheese 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 cup chopped Georgia apples with peels on 1/4 pound sliced deli ham Split roll in half lengthwise, spread cream cheese on both sides. Sprinkle with garlic powder. Evenly arrange apples on bottom half of rolls and top with ham. Place top half of bread on apple, ham mixture. Wrap sandwiches with aluminum foil and bake at 300 degrees for about 15 minutes until warm. Cut rolls to desired size and serve warm. You can cut rolls by their original size or smaller to make appetizers. *We used Kings Hawaiian mini sub rolls.

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Combine flour, sugar, and salt, cut in butter until it resembles coarse meal. Set aside. Toss apples with water and lemon juice, spoon into a greased 8-inch casserole. Sprinkle with flour mixture. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover and top with cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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WE, THE FARMERS from page 2 ship of these two associations is a perfect way to give back to our members by investGeorgia Farm Bureau will award a ing in their children and grandchildren. total of $14,250 in scholarships to 10 In addition to giving back to our comhigh school seniors who plan to pursue munities, Georgia Farm Bureau continues an undergraduate degree in agricultural to give back to our members by increasing and environmental sciences, family and the value of your membership. This year consumer sciences or a related agriculwe’ve added several new member benefits tural field. that include discounts on Polaris ATVs, The top three students will each CASE IH tractors, Grasshopper mowers receive a scholarship of $3,000. The and Air Evac transport services. remaining seven students will each re GFB now offers almost 40 services and ceive a $750 scholarship. benefits to our members. If a member were Students submitting an applicato utilize all of them, their value would far tion must currently be a Georgia high exceed our $25 membership dues. This school senior and plan to enroll in a year, we’ve had about 9,000 new members unit of the University System of Georjoin us and more than 4,500 of these new gia or Berry College during the 2014members aren’t taking advantage of our 2015 academic year. most popular member benefit – our insurance services. This tells me there are a lot of you who recognize and appreciate the value of the member benefits we offer. Serving as the voice of Georgia farmers and residents of rural Georgia in the legislative arenas of Atlanta and Washington, D.C., is Farm Bureau’s original member benefit. In my spring column I told you eanut fans have a daily about a rule thechance U.S. to Environmental win a vacaProtection Agencytion andand thehundreds U.S. Army of other prizes until Nov. 30. Vacation destination choices include California, Colorado, Registration for the 2015 Flavor of New York or Florida. Visit Georgia Food Product Contest begins Nov. 3. The contest, sponsored by the University to register for a chance to win. of Georgia Center for Agribusiness & After registering, particiEconomic Development, helps food entrepants play a game called “Crack preneurs market their products and gain the Peanut” for a chance to win publicity for their companies. instant prizes like peanut and Contestants may submit products peanut butter packs, iPods and gift cards. already commercially available or foods If you crack three peanuts that match, that are market-ready prototypes. There is then you’re an instant winner! no limit to the number of entries one can “When it comes to getting through an submit. early morning or long day, everyone wins Finalists will be invited to participate with peanuts. At seven grams per servin the final round of judging March 9 and ing, peanuts have more energy-boosting a public tasting March 10 as part of the protein than any nut,” said Bob Parker, Agricultural Awareness Day in Atlanta. president and CEO of the National Pea Visit for nut Board. “Through the Energy to Burn more information about the contest or sweepstakes we’re able the to register starting Nov.to3 celebrate or call 706power of peanuts help per re-energize 583-0347. Entry feeand is $100 product Americans with a fun vacation. ” if registering via the website. Registration The$115 “Energy Burn” sweepstakes, is costs per toproduct for registrasponsored by the National Peanut Board tions received by mail. Registration rates and co-presented Hampton Farms, increase two weeksbybefore the Jan. 30 Planters and Skippy. registration deadline.

Corps of Engineers have proposed that would expand their regulatory authority Contact your county Farm Bureau under the Clean Water Act. They want to office for more information or an appligo from just regulating navigable waters of cation. The application deadline is Febthe U.S. to regulating ponds, lakes and even ruary 21, 2014. Applications must be apditches on private property. proved and signed by the Farm Bureau If this proposed rule is allowed to go president of the county in which the apinto effect, it will weaken private propplicant resides or attends high school. erty rights. The U.S. Constitution gave You may also download a copy of Congress, not federal agencies, the authorthe application by visiting http://www. ity to make laws and it should stay that way., selecting Programs and then Ag Visit to in the Classroom. learn more. The Georgia Farm Bureau Mu I’m encouraging everyone who values tual Insurance Company and the GFB private property rights to visit the website Women’s Leadership Committee sponand submit comments to voice your opposor the scholarship program. sition to the rule by Nov. 14. Postcards voicWinners will be announced in May ing opposition to the rule are also available 2014. at your county Farm Bureau office. If you

drop by to sign it, we’ll mail it for you. Harvest time is a special time for all of us. To some it means a change of season, or a time to bring the crops in from the field. Harvest time may represent the beginning of the fair season and community festivals, family time and showing kindness to others. One thing is for sure, the older I get the more I grow in my faith. I pray this article encourages you to open your heart and mind to show kindness to others. I assure you that it will feel good and our world will be a better place because you allowed God to use you. 2 Peter 1:3-7 tells us that as we grow as partakers of the divine nature we are expected to be diligent and add to Godliness, brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.

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This is the fifth year GFB held its Picture Agriculture in Georgia Photo Contest. GFB members and employees submitted more than 200 photos that showcased the beauty of rural Georgia and farm life. Washington County Farm Bureau member Bridget Hitchcock shot the grand prize photo selected from the member category. She won $150 as the first place winner, and her photo will be featured on the cover of the 2015 GFB Young Farmer Calendar. A panel of photographers selected 12 photos from the member category entries and the three winners of the employee category. GFB members attending the GFB Young Farmer Leadership Conference in July selected the grand prize winner from the 12 finalists of the member category. Honorable mention prizes of $75 were awarded to the following in the member category: John Callaway, Beth Clifton, David Cromley, Vicki Franklin, Robert Grizzle, Michelle Hall, Janet Mazurek, Suzie Miller, Jacob Nolan, Rachel Patrick and Margaret Saponari. The 2015 GFB Young Farmer calendar features the top 12 member photos. For the second year, Houston County Farm Bureau Office Manager Lisa Dean won the grand prize of $100 in the employee category. Monroe County Farm Bureau Office Manager Sandi Williams won the second place prize of $75, and Franklin County Farm Bureau Office Manager Rebecca Whitfield won $50 as the third place winner in this category. To see Williams’ and Whitfield’s photos visit picwinners. GFB plans to hold the contest again next year. Contest details will be available next spring on GFB’s website and at county Farm Bureau offices. 1–“This is how we help feed the world.” $150 Grand Prize Member Category Bridget Hitchcock, Washington County Hitchcock snapped this photo of her husband, Jonathan and their daughter, Andie, walking through a corn field on the family farm in late April as the crop was coming up. The Hitchcocks farm in partnership with Jona-

than’s brother James, and father Waylan. Bridget works on the farm along with Jonathan’s sister, Jennifer, and James’ wife, Brooke. In addition to corn, the family grows peanuts, cotton, wheat, canola and soybeans. Bridget and Jonathan also raise Holstein bull calves to sell for beef. Bridget and Jonathan chair the Washington County Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee and Bridget is president of the Tennille Farm Bureau Chapter.

Teamwork $100 Grand Prize Employee Category Lisa Dean, Houston County Dean says she was able to capture this photo because she “happened to be at the right place at the right time,” during peanut harvest last fall. Dean had taken lunch to her boyfriend, Ryan Hall, who works for farmer Chip Free. The photo shows peanuts that have been dug from the ground being dumped from a wagon into a semi-truck to be hauled to a peanut buying point where they will be cleaned and dried before making their way to a processing plant. The hay bales in the background were made from the peanut vines dug out of the field. Cattle love to eat peanut hay! 2–Breakfast Time John Callaway, Troup County Callaway stood on the toolbox of his pickup truck one morning last fall to get this shot of his 13-month old bulls eating their daily ration of dried distillers grain, soy hulls, corn and corn gluten. In addition to the distillers grain, these 1,200- pound “boys” also eat hay or high-moisture balage and graze the pasture where they have plenty of room to exercise. Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2013

3–Field of Sunflowers Beth Clifton, Greene County Clifton shot this field of sunflowers on the farm of her parents, Larry and Nancy Eley, on a late fall afternoon in mid-October last year. The Eleys planted the sunflowers to be used for a family friend’s bridal shower and Nov. 9 wedding. Larry said he started planting the sunflowers in late July and continued to plant a few rows every two weeks through late August to ensure they had flowers for the wedding. “Everyone was amazed to see sunflowers so late in the fall, but they were absolutely beautiful,” Clifton said. Mother Nature cooperated and didn’t send a killing frost to the Eley farm last year until after the wedding was over. 4–Home on the Range David Cromley, Bulloch County Cromley caught this breathtaking sunset on Feb. 27 while walking on his family’s farm with his wife, Jamie, after she got home from work. He said the cows were standing on a mound of dirt that elevated them to the right height so they were silhouetted against the sunset. Cromley farms with his dad, Chap, uncle Hal and cousin Colby raising cattle and growing cotton, peanuts and grain. 5–Earning his Keep Vicki Franklin, Baldwin County Franklin says she enjoys documenting her family’s farm life through photography and got this action shot of Clifford, her husband Horace’s border collie, as he was helping the Franklins move cattle from one pasture to another. Franklin says Clifford has the natural herding instinct of his breed, but Horace has trained the seven-year-old dog to respond to herding commands issued by a whistle. 6–Rough Start Robert Grizzle, Cherokee County This Simmental calf was born on Jan. 30 following the Jan. 28 snowstorm that shut down Atlanta. After being born, the calf tumbled down a gully and was separated from its Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2013

mama overnight. The mama cow never left the side of the gully, and her pacing the edge of the gully the next morning led Grizzle to find the calf wedged between the bank and a log. After rescuing the calf, Grizzle took it to his parents’ back porch where they warmed it up with blankets and a space heater. Wanting to document the miracle of the calf surviving the snowstorm, Grizzle used a tripod and the timer on his camera to shoot this photo of himself carrying the warm and dry calf back to its mama in the pasture. This was the best thing for the calf so it could nurse its mama and get her colostrum milk. For several days after calving cows secrete colostrum milk, which contains natural antibodies and helps calves build their immune systems. The calf recovered fully and is thriving. To see a photo of her with her mama shot in September turn to page 33. 7–Best Friends Michelle Hall, Jackson County Hall captured this candid of her friends’ daughter feeding the family’s chickens just before sunset one evening in May last year. “I’ve never met another child that loves chickens like she does,” Hall said. Hall says the family has about 60 chickens with breeds including Dominique, Orpington and Leghorn. The family sells the eggs the chickens lay. 8–We’ve Got the Munchies Janet Mazurek, Elbert County Mazurek says she and her husband, Roger, usually feed their beef cows about 10 a.m. each morning. The Mazureks have a herd of beef cows that are a cross between the Angus and Charolais breeds. The ladies eating hay, grown on the Mazurek farm, are brood cows and usually have one calf a year. 9–A View of Grain Suzie Miller, Dodge County Miller shot this photo of wheat last April in a field down the road from her house. Miller says she was looking for a colorful and unique way to show the beauty of a growing crop to enter in the GFB contest. “One day when the sky was so blue and the sun was shining at an angle that made the grain heads glisten, I stopped and shot a few photos. They were colorful but not very unique. So, I decided to crawl into the edge of the field and lay on my back and see what I could see,” Miller said. “I shot some photos and they were just what I was after.” See WINNERS page 33




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

The Callaways raise registered Angus and registered Simmental cattle and cross the two breeds to produce registered SimAngus cattle. They sell their bulls and some of their heifers to other cattle producers to be used as breeding livestock. The Callaways also have a few commercial (non-registered) cows that are bred to produce steers and heifers for 4-H and FFA students to show.


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Do you recognize this symbol? Less than 30% of drivers know what these symbols mean.* But it is a matter of life and death for drivers of automobiles, farm equipment and animal-drawn vehicles on rural roads. The top triangle is a daytime view of the slow moving vehicle emblem. It is to be displayed on vehicles designed to travel at speeds of 25 mph or less. It is not simply a reflector. This is a warning to slow down. Occasionally you may encounter a slow moving vehicle (SMV) traveling at night. The SMV emblem’s red border is designed for nighttime visibility. Your car’s headlights will reflect off the red border of the SMV emblem and appear to you to be a glowing red triangle floating in the darkness. It is extremely important to slow down immediately because reduced lighting will make it difficult to judge how rapidly you are closing in on a slow moving vehicle, or what the dimensions of the slow moving vehicle may be. *According to findings of Penn State researcher Philip M. Garvey, author of “Motorist Comprehension of the Slow-Moving Vehicle Emblem.”

HAPPENINGS from page 24

• Be Patient • Yield to Wide Vehicles • Don’t Assume the Farmer Knows You’re There • Pass with Caution


Dec. 6 • Warm Springs An actor portraying President Franklin Roosevelt will recite the “Day of Infamy” speech, which sent the U.S. into WW II. Performances at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. Visit or call 706-655-5870 for more information.



Nov. 22 & 23 Rock Eagle 4-H Center, Eatonton The 6th Annual Art at the Rock will showcase about 75 artists working in paint, clay, glass, metal, fiber and other media. Music, food and a market offering locally grown/made products will round out the event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 22 and from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Nov. 23. For more information call 706-484-2873 or visit 30

Dec. 13 • The Rock Enjoy the colorful Christmas lights at the ranch founded by the late Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A founder, while running or walking for a good cause. A one-mile fun run begins at 5 p.m. The 5K begins at 5:30 p.m. The race will end at Truett’s Barn with Christmas fun for the whole family. Registration fee is $30. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Winshape Trailblazer Scholarship Fund. Ranch is located an hour from Atlanta and Columbus & 40 minutes from Macon. Call 706-647-6374 or visit rockranch for more information.

GFB Certified Farm Markets offer fall produce & fun No matter where you live in Georgia, you can find a GFB Certified Farm Market near you to get apples, peanuts, pecans and pumpkins or enjoy agritourism activities like corn mazes and hayrides. After Thanksgiving when it’s time to put up a Christmas tree, make plans to visit one of our many Christmas tree farms across the state. Visit to access a complete list of markets. Call or visit the farm’s website to verify business hours. Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2014

GFB accepting applications for college scholarships High school seniors who plan to pursue a college undergraduate degree in agricultural and environmental sciences, family and consumer sciences or a related agricultural field have until Feb. 6, 2015, to apply for one of the 10 GFB Scholarships for Agriculture the organization will award next year. The top three students will each receive a $3,000 scholarship. 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 2015-2016 academic year. “Georgia Farm Bureau is pleased to offer this opportunity for Georgia students planning to pursue a career in agriculture,” GFB President Zippy Duvall said. Scholarship recipients will be announced in April. After recipients confirm they are pursuing a qualifying major at one of the eligible colleges or universities named in the application, scholarships will be paid directly to the school. Contact your county Farm Bureau office for more information or an applica-

Website answers peanut allergy questions

Looking for information on how to handle a peanut allergy? Visit http://www. The website provides sound scientific information about peanut allergies with links to resources about allergy management. You’ll find interviews from experts and information on food allergy topics ranging from proper diagnosis to why school bans don’t work. The website, funded by the National Peanut Board and other peanut grower groups including the Georgia Peanut Commission, emerged from consumer research conducted in 2013. The study, which surveyed 2,000 child caregivers, revealed significant misconceptions about food allergies, such as study participants perceiving peanut allergies affect 24% of the U.S. population when the National Institutes of Health says only 0.6 % of Americans have a true peanut allergy. Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2014

tion. Applications must be approved and signed by the Farm Bureau president of the county in which the applicant lives or attends high school. You may also download a copy of the application by visiting The Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company and the GFB Women’s Leadership Committee sponsor the scholarship program.

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Senate candidates Nunn and Perdue meet with GFB Board By Jay Stone

technology and make sure it can feed not only our population but be available to help feed the world,” Perdue said. “I think it’s a huge opportunity to see the growth rate of the rest of the world. There’s no reason we can’t be the bread basket of the world if we focus on that as a strategic opportunity.” Nunn focused on nurturing the next generation of farmers. “It’s really important to Georgia’s livelihood and way of life,” Nunn said. “We know that the majority of the farmers in our state are over 55 years old. So we need to make sure that we are really supporting those young farmers and ensure that they have access to land and capital and really be a part of this agricultural tradition, economy and heritage.” The candidates agreed that immigration reform is needed, but differed on how to approach it. Perdue suggested a segmented approach, saying the U.S. should first work to secure its borders, then address people who are in the country illegally and streamline the H-2A program. Nunn said she would fight for comprehensive immigration reform, which would include giving people a pathway to citizenship that places them behind those who are in the U.S. legally, requires them to learn English and subjects them to background checks.

Nunn and Perdue are running for the seat currently occupied by Saxby Chambliss, who steps down at the end of the year. The election will be held Nov. 4.

COLEMAN from page 22 “When they finally secured the island, for four days all we did was bury the dead and burn the bodies we couldn’t bury so we wouldn’t get cholera.” For weeks after the U.S. had taken Betio, Coleman said Japanese bombers would fly over the island every night about 10 p.m. One night when an alert was called, Coleman’s sergeant grabbed him and put him on a 50 caliber machine gun to guard the beach. Having never fired that weapon before, Coleman spent an anxious night with his backside clinched tight. After Coleman left the island, he shipped back to Hawaii to regroup and for more artillery training at the Parker Ranch. He was packed and ready to go to the Phil-

ippines with General Douglas MacArthur when his captain sent him to Guam to set up heavy artillery training. He was still on Guam overseeing training on the 155mm Howitzer when the war ended. After the war, he traveled home through Camp Pendleton in San Diego and made his way back to Georgia. Coleman says he prayed a lot during the war and knows if God hadn’t looked out for him he wouldn’t be here today. “The good Lord took care of this old boy and put me in heavy artillery,” Coleman said. “People say I’m crazy, but I never worried whether I’d come home or not. When I left I said, “Dad, if it be the Lord’s will I’ll be back. Otherwise, I’ll see you in heaven.”

In 1947 Coleman married Charline Mulkey, also from Roswell, who died in 2011. The couple had two children, Karen and Steve, and were blessed with six grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Coleman raised chickens for a while, worked as a carpenter, in auto sales, and as a grading contractor. The Colemans also owned a realty company. “I never had anything come up that I didn’t think I could do,” Coleman said. He says he doesn’t recall people making a big fuss when he returned home from the war, but today people often tell him they appreciate his service. “Nobody owes me a thing because it’s my country, and I was defending my country.”


Photo by Jennifer Whittaker

U.S. Senate candidates Michelle Nunn and David Perdue spoke to the Georgia Farm Bureau Board of Directors on Aug. 28, sharing their views on a variety of topics affecting agriculture, including biotechnology, immigration and farm labor, and federal government regulation. They fielded questions from the GFB board and gave interviews to GFB media and local news outlets. Perdue, the Republican candidate, expressed support for continuing the development of biotechnology crops, securing national borders, streamlining the H-2A program and reining in federal regulation like the EPA’s waters of the U.S. rule. Nunn, the Democratic candidate, focused her remarks on promoting collaboration across party lines in Washington. She expressed a desire for secure borders with legal long-term access to immigrant labor for farmers and said farmers need to be allowed to continue to be productive without facing unnecessary regulatory burdens. Both candidates said they would like to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee. In an interview with GFB media, Perdue said the export opportunities for Georgia farmers will grow with the expansion of middle classes in other countries. “We have to do everything we can to keep it healthy moving forward, managing

Photo by Jennifer Whittaker

David Perdue spoke to the GFB Board of Directors on Aug. 28.

Michelle Nunn spoke to the GFB Board of Directors on Aug. 28.

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WINNERS from page 29 10–See it All Jacob Nolan, Wayne County Nolan was perched on the top of his grain bin, an estimated 30 feet up in the air, about 8 a.m. one morning in August last year when he pulled out his iPhone to document a typical scene on his farm during corn harvest. “You can’t pick corn until the dew dries, so we were loading corn cut the day before into the grain bins,” Nolan explained. On the left side of the photo, corn is being dumped from a grain cart into a semi-truck. The red auger that runs from the bottom of the grain bin to the hatch beneath the truck turns and propels the grain up the chute into the bin, which holds an estimated 8,000 bushels. The corn in the red cart on the right side of the photo is waiting to be dumped into the semi-truck and loaded into the bin. The pecan trees in the orchard behind the equipment were planted in December 2011 and January 2012. Nolan said this orchard represents 25 of the 40 acres he planted to diversify his farm as demand for pecans has grown in recent years. Nolan and his wife, Emily, who serve GMO from page 20 scrutiny. It takes years to test a GMO crop for consumer and environmental safety. Those on the market have passed the test. Some consumers remain skeptical, and that is to be expected. But nobody can deny that GMO crops are among the most exhaustively tested products in history. The safety record for GMO crops and food derived from them is excellent. GMO crops are being used to produce safe, wholesome, and nutritious food, and this technology helps American farmers feed the world.

on the GFB Young Farmer Committee, also grow cotton, peanuts, soybeans and wheat on their farm and raise beef cattle. 11–Classic Country Rachel Patrick, Pike County Patrick shot this photo last April on part of the Dyar family’s farm in northwest Greene County. Patrick’s cousin Andy Dyar made the tin flag hanging on the barn. The barn was one of many the U.S. government built in the area through the Civilian Conservation Corps program in the 1930s and early 1940s to provide jobs and encourage people to farm after the boll weevil and Great Depression caused many people to leave their farms. The John Deere 2020 tractor has been in the Dyar family for decades, used to cut and bale hay and for logging. 12–Mary’s Little Lamb Margaret Saponari, Elbert County Lambie came to live in the Saponari house after being abandoned by her mom at birth in early spring. Saponari said the family’s Australian Sheepdog, Molly, adopted the With the world’s population expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, it’s going to become increasingly important that we adopt new technology that allows us to increase food production. Visit to learn more about GMOs. You may also submit questions you have about GMOs that will be addressed by third-party independent experts. Jon Huffmaster is director of the GFB Legislative Department.




lamb as her own pup when it became clear she wouldn’t lose her cozy bed. After a month or so of bottle feedings, Lambie grew bigger and healthier than her cousins in the pasture. By summer, Lambie had grown too big for her indoor dog kennel, and the Saponari family returned her to the pasture with the rest of their flock.

The calf featured in Robert Grizzle’s “Rough Start” made a full recovery and is thriving today. She’s pictured here (#18) with her mom in September.

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ums are the plants most of us associate with fall because they’re on display for sale at grocery stores and garden centers. They’re great for adding a splash of fall color to our front porches, but if you want to think outside-the-box when it comes to adding fall color to your yard, let’s talk azaleas. You may not associate fall with azaleas because the traditional varieties of this shrub that our grandmothers planted bloom in the spring. Newer varieties like Bloom ‘N Again, Bloom-A-Thon, Encore, and Forever and Ever bloom first in spring and then again in summer through fall depending on the variety and growing conditions. Many of the repeat blooming varieties come in a wide range of red and orange, so, look for these colors if the thought of pastel-colored azaleas blooming in the fall disturbs your seasonal sensibilities. In the fall, red and orange azaleas will add a

Fireside Red is one of 25 varieties available in the Bloom ‘N Again line of repeat azaleas that bloom in the spring and again in the fall.


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Best time to plant, new varieties offer second bloom

We think of azaleas as a spring shrub, but fall is the best time to plant them. Gardening Expert Walter Reeves demonstrates how to cut a compacted root ball of an azalea he’s about to plant at Callaway Gardens. Pictured from left are materials Reeves recommends gardeners use when planting an azalea: mulch (in this case bark chips), compost (in this case a store-bought planting mix for outdoor plants, trees and shrubs), a shovel and knife.

lower layer of color to your yard, mirroring the fall foliage of your trees. In the spring, these same red and orange blooms will provide a complimenting contrast to the pastel blooms of the traditional varieties that have signaled spring’s arrival in the South for generations. Even if you’re not interested in planting one of the new varieties of repeat blooming azaleas, fall is the preferred time to plant azaleas, or any trees or shrubs for that matter, because the cooler temperatures of fall and rainier winter weather make it easier for plants to establish new roots than Georgia’s hot, dry summers. Below are tips for planting azaleas – no matter the time of year – that Atlantabased gardening expert Walter Reeves shared with Georgia Farm Bureau media last spring during a visit at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain. 1) Read the label on the azalea to see if the variety you’re buying prefers full sun or partial shade. Pick a planting site accordingly. Dig a hole about three feet wide and Photo courtesy of Gardener’s Confidence® Collection

It’s fall – think azaleas!

just a little deeper than the root ball of the azalea. Azalea roots need room to grow. 2) Loosen the root ball with a knife or small garden clippers by cutting the roots in several places and loosening the roots with your fingers. Reeves stresses the importance of loosening the root ball saying, “This is what causes the roots to explore the soil around them. If we don’t have a good root system, we won’t have a pretty azalea.” 3) Azaleas grow best in acidic, welldrained soils with added organic matter like composted leaves. If the soil is hard clay, loosen it thoroughly with a shovel. Add organic matter, such as dead, shredded leaves or compost and mix into the original soil. Fill the bottom of the hole with the mixed soil so that when you set the root ball of the azalea in the hole, the bottom of the azalea stem is slightly above the edges of the hole. When you place the azalea in the hole and fill it with dirt you’ll want the azalea to be sitting in a slight mound with the soil surface level with the top of the roots. 4) Mulch the azalea with pine straw, pine chips or rotted leaves. Mulch conserves moisture in the soil. 5) Water the azalea after planting so that the soil is soaked to a depth of six to eight inches. If weather is dry, water thoroughly at least once a week until cold weather arrives. After frost, winter rains should provide adequate water. If you plant azaleas in the spring to late summer, be sure to water at least once a week. Mulch is especially important in the spring and summer to prevent moisture loss. Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2014

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Dr. Jean Sumner in Johnson County practices internal medicine, but because the county has no hospital, she sees everything from farm workers who are crushed by livestock to heart attacks.

DOCTORS from page 4 and 80 percent of that group are in rural or underserved areas. With those things taken into consideration, Mercer medical students are required to go through community medicine rotations in small towns. “We put them in places where they can find out what it is like to be in the community,” said Dr. William Bina III, dean of the Mercer School of Medicine. The school takes the commitment to rural health a step further, partnering with the state to provide scholarships and loan repayment programs for students who commit to practicing in rural counties upon completion of their residency requirements. The programs, which can significantly reduce the amount of debt the students graduate with, require them to work in a county with a population of 35,000 or less, a group that includes 108 of Georgia’s 159 counties. Second-year medical student Brittany Chandler is in the Georgia Board of Physician Workforce scholarship program, and once she finishes her residency, she’ll have a four-year commitment to work in an underserved county. “That was my goal anyway. It lines up perfectly with Mercer’s mission as well,” Chandler said. “Their mission is to put doctors back into underserved areas of Georgia.” Though it has its challenges, Sumner said rural medical practice comes with benefits more difficult to find in urban settings, among them the fact that because she’s treating entire families, even entire generations in the county, she notices trends that might get missed in a larger practice. Georgia Neighbors • Fall 2014

This is not lost on current medical students at Mercer. “You see what the actual needs are of the community,” said Whitney Bembry, a fourth-year medical student from Hawkinsville. “You know kind of broadly what the issues are but each community is unique and different. If you can understand what’s plaguing the community the most, you can start to tailor a treatment plan.” Bembry did her community rotation in Fort Valley and noticed a high incidence of diabetes. “If you know that’s a major issue then you can start thinking about whether it’s educational programs to help people manage their diabetes, teaching them about healthier eating to help reduce the risk of them developing those conditions,” said Bembry, who has a master’s degree in community health and is interested in medical research to tackle pressing rural health issues. “Once you have an idea of what’s going on in the community, you can start thinking of ways to really help your patient population.” Chandler grew up in Jackson County north of Athens and as a Mercer undergraduate spent her summers shadowing doctors in the Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville, where the distance many patients had to travel caught her attention. “People come to that clinic in Gainesville from miles away,” said Chandler who has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Mercer and would like to practice pediatric medicine. “They’d come from Maysville or Jefferson because that’s really the only place for them. These people really do need help.

We need more primary care physicians in rural Georgia. In Maysville there may be a few family practitioners, but if you need to go to the hospital, you have to go to Gainesville, you have to go to Commerce. It’s a distance for some people. You have to think about paying for gas, you have to think about taking off from work.” The doctors and medical students focus on public health and developing skills for medical treatment, but Sumner said access to medical care in a community is also an important economic development tool. Done well, she said, it allows industries to locate in places where families can live and be healthy. So what’s in it for the doctors? “In terms of quality of care, challenge, in terms of excitement, in terms of reward, you can’t find a better job,” Sumner said. “I asked a group of physicians who were in small towns one time what they liked the most about their practice. One of them said this, and I think it’s true: it’s the intergenerational care concept, the fact that you care for families, that you care for generations of people. You can really change their course of health and change the course of your community by raising the standards.”

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“Amazing Details of Washington’s Dining Habits” by Guy Coalter, Special Features Writer

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Farm Bureau’s Georgia Neighbors - Fall 2014  

Georgia Neighbors features people and places of interest in Georgia and educational information about agriculture.

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