Fannin County Young Farmers Association News Release


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The Fannin County Young Farmers Association and The Blue Ridge Mountain Cattleman’s Association help a joint function on January 11 at 6pm at Cohutta Country Store.  A meal was served and was sponsored by BRM Cattleman’s Association and Cohutta Country Store. Guest speaker was Dr. Brent Credille, DVM, PhD, DACVIM; Assistant Professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia  . He spoke to the group about DYSTOCIA MANAGEMENT IN BEEF CATTLE, Fetal dystocia is abnormal fetal size or position resulting in difficult delivery. Dr. Credille also brought a calving simulator to demonstrate to the group how to properly deliver a calf if the cow is unable to deliver on her own. Anyone who wanted to try to deliver the calf was able to give it a try. Pictured is Tayelor Long and Dr. Credille. 65 people were in attendance.

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The Fannin County Young Farmers Association held their monthly meeting and agriculture talk on Dec. 18, 2017, at noon at the Feed Fannin Farm House at the Fannin County School System property on Ada Street. Twenty-four were in attendance. The meal was sponsored by Fannin County Farm Bureau, Circle J Steakhouse, and Wendy’s of Blue Ridge. The program focused on updates in taxes, insurance, and property appraisals in the agricultural industry. Speakers were Dawn Cochran, of the Fannin County Property Appraisers office, Charlie Edmondson, of State Farm Insurance, and  Stephanie Ingle, representing Jackson Hewitt Tax Service.  Association business was led by President Kenny Queen and discussed, and the meeting was adjourned at 1:45 p.m. The January meeting and talk will be held Jan. 15 at the Veranda at Cucina Rustica at noon. Mark Lee, owner of RC Drones sales and service will lead the presentation on The Use of Drones in Agriculture.

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Fannin County Young Farmers Association fresh wreath and swag class was held at Fannin County High School on November 30 at 6:00pm. There were 45 participants that were instructed on how to make fresh wreaths and swags. The Fannin Sentinel sponsored the refreshments. N and N Florist, Silks for Less,  Floral Creations, and Young Farmers members donated the supplies. Becky Howard, Katherine Dyer , Rhonda Mathews, and Cherie White instructed the class. FFA members Zachary Franklin, Layne Epperson, Lucas Patterson, Brooke Crowder, Bretton Williams, and Tayelor Long assisted. This workshop will be scheduled again next year, with the deadline to register the Friday before Thanksgiving.

Pictured Left To Right: Courtney Crump, Cassidy Rymer, Julie Locke, Kelly Locke, Kayla Allen, Candace Newton

Pictured Left To Right: Becky Ratliff and McKenzie Owenby.

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The Fannin County Young Farmers Association held a grape production tour and talk on Monday, November 27. The group toured Hot House Vineyards, The Vineyard at Gibbs Farms and Bear Claw Vineyard.  25 FCYFA and community members attended. Mr. Clark MacAllister County Extension Agent in both Lumpkin and Dawson Counties and a member of the University of Georgia Viticulture Team presented a program on grape production in the state and in our area. Ron and Diane Sullivan and Bubba Gibbs gave a tour of their vineyards to the participants. The group the traveled to Bear Claw Vineyard and toured their processing facility. Fannin County Extension Agent Eddie Ayers was also on hand to answer questions. A spaghetti dinner was made possible by sponsor United Community Bank and Bear Claw Vineyards hosted the presentation and dinner .  The Fannin County Young Farmers Association also held their monthly business meeting  at the end of the evening.

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A group of Fannin County Young Farmers Association members attended the Sunbelt Agriculture Expo in Moultrie, Georgia on Tuesday, October 17. The Sunbelt Agriculture Expo is North America’s Premier Farm Show with 1200 plus exhibitors, 300 plus seminars and demonstrations, equipment driving ranges and test tracks, harvesting and tilling demonstrations.

Those members attending were Left to right Phyllis Davis, Kenny Queen, Eli Queen, Teri Long, Kenny Holland, Tayelor Long, Bill Bragg, Seth Davis, Tom Hamby and not pictured Rhonda Mathews.

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The Fannin County Young Farmer Association Advisor Rhonda Mathews and five Fannin County High School Agriculture Education students volunteered at the Feed Fannin Gardens on Wednesday, October 11. The soggy gardens did not stop the work to be done. Fences and tomato cages were able dissembled to mark an end to the growing season and sweet potatoes that were recently harvested were cleaned and loaded to be delivered to the food pantry.

Pictured Left to Right: Cathy Beck- Feed Fannin, Mason Ballew, Kayden Couch, Bretton Williams, Dakota Burk, and Evan Asbury.

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The Fannin County Young Farmer Association held its monthly meeting at the Blue Ridge Cannery on September 18 at noon. The constitution and bylaws were adopted, business was discussed, and officers were elected.

Left to Right Front: Candace Ray- Secretary, Theresa Wollschlager- Parliamentarian, Erica Davis-Director of Public Relations. Back: Darrell Davis- Vice President, Kenny Queen- President, Kenny Holland- treasurer, Rhonda Mathews- Advisor.

Convoy of Care – South Georgia Tornado Relief

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Georgia Bureau of Investigation

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Contact: Natalie Ammons


For Immediate Release

February 6, 2017

Convoy of Care – South Georgia Tornado Relief


Atlanta, Georgia – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is once again partnering with state law enforcement agencies,  Channel 2 WSB-TV, the Georgia Motor Trucking Association, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA) and Caring for Others, Inc., to help raise funds for South Georgia residents who survived the  historic tornado outbreak last month.

“The communities in South Georgia need money to be able to fund specific needs of each individual resident, whether it’s to cut down trees or to restore homes,” said Tim McVay, WSB-TV Vice President and General Manager. “That’s why we are urging our viewers to make cash donations now.”

The Convoy of Care will take a load of supplies to South Georgia on Sunday, February 12th.  Mt Zion Baptist Church  in Albany will be accepting the donations and distributing supplies on site. Volunteers from Caring for Others and the law firm Stewart, Seay and Felton will load up the tractor trailer truck donated by Holland, Inc. which was part of the first Convoy of Care that saw five tractor trailer trucks go to flood ravaged Baton Rouge, Louisiana in August last year.

Law enforcement organizations including the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, along with state agencies; Georgia State Board of Pardons & Paroles, Georgia State Patrol, and Georgia Bureau of Investigation, have pledged to use their network to raise the awareness of the Convoy of Care online fundraising effort.

“We’re all One Georgia, and we want to continue to demonstrate how law enforcement serves the very communities we are sworn to protect,” said Clarence

Cox, National Vice President of NOBLE.

Funds being collected through Caring for Others will be disbursed directly to Long Term Recovery Committees being established in the Berrien, Cook, Crisp, Dougherty, Thomas, Turner, Wilcox, and Worth counties in coordination with GEMA, Caring for Others is accepting online cash donations at – click on “South Georgia Disaster Relief” at the top of the page or checks may be mailed to Caring for Others, Inc., 3537 Browns Mill Road, SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30354.  Please indicate that you are donating to South Georgia Tornado Relief.

“The men and women of the GBI are honored to partner with Channel 2 WSB and our law enforcement counterparts n raising money for the tornado victims in South Georgia. This money is desperately needed so that they can begin to rebuild their lives,” said GBI Director Vernon Keenan.

Seventeen Georgians were killed by tornadoes that blew through South Georgia in January and caused more than $100 million worth of damage. State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says much of the damage was to structures and properties that were uninsured.




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