The Fannin County Young Farmers Association held a joint dinner and class with the Union County Young Farmers Association and the Blue Ridge Mountain Cattlemen’s Association on February 5 at 6:00pm at the Ag Center in Blue Ridge. The class was on Weed Control Methods in Pasture and hay fields. The classroom portion was presented by Jacob Williams the Union County Extension Agent and Eddie Ayers the Fannin County Extension Agent. Ryan Talton the Union County Young Farmers Advisor demonstrated a Super Sponge Weed Wiper that attaches onto the front of a tractor. There were 40 people in attendance. The meal was sponsored by Fannin County Young Farmers, Blue Ridge Mountain Cattlemen’s and Cohutta Pet and Feed.
Pictured Ryan Talton Union County Young Farmers Association Advisor and Union County Agriculture Teacher
Fannin County Young Farmers members traveled to the State Capital in Atlanta on Tuesday, February 13 for the Georgia Young Farmers Legislative breakfast. While at the capital the group visited with Senator Steve Gooch and Speaker of the House David Ralston and thanked them for their support of Agriculture and the Georgia Young Farmers Program.
Featured picture: Kenny Queen, Teri Long, Tom Hamby, Speaker Ralston, Aaron Walden, Tayelor Long Rhonda Mathews
Picture below left to right: Kenny Queen, Tayelor Long, Senator Gooch, Teri Long, Aaron Walden, Tom Hamby
Five Fannin County Young Farmers Association members attended the Georgia Young Farmers State Convention at Chateau Elan in Braselton Feb. 2 and 3. President Kenny Queen and Teri Long served as voting delegates. Teri Long, Tayelor Long, Cherie White, and Theresa Wollschlager entered the photography contest and Teri Long won second place in the Sunbelt Ag Expo division and won $50.00. Candice Ray and Rhonda Mathews entered the chapter display in the chapter display competition. Tayelor Long and Maddie Mathews entered the cornhole tournament and advanced to the second round. Tayelor Long represented the chapter in the spokesperson competition and placed in the top five. There are 59 Young Farmer chapters statewide with over 6,000 members. Georgia Superintendent of Schools Richard Wood, Georgia Career Technical and Agriculture Education Director Dr. Barbara Wall, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, and Georgia Program Director for Agriculture Education John “Chip” Bridges addressed the group. Both a live and silent auction were held to raise funds for the GYFA. Thank you to Mercier Orchards for donating a basket in FCYFA’s name.
There was a trade show and expo with over 40 agriculture company representatives present. It was a time to reflect and celebrate a successful year of promoting Georgia’s Agricultural Industry.