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Farmers Appreciation Luncheon is February 11

February 11th from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Donalsonville Lions Hall

Ag Person of the Year and Farm Family of the Year to be announced

The Donalsonville-Seminole County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Farmers Appreciation Luncheon and awards ceremony, Thursday, February 11, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Donalsonville Lions Hall located on South Wiley Avenue in downtown Donalsonville.   

The announcement of Seminole County’s Ag Person of the Year, selected each year by the Seminole County Young Farmers Association, along with the presentation of the Farm Family of the Year, will highlight the event. This annual luncheon is sponsored again this year by Southwest Georgia Farm Credit and will feature Tim Coolong, University of Georgia Department of Horticulture Professor and Extension Specialist,  as the guest speaker.

In an effort to keep guests as safe as possible during the COVID-19 Pandemic, indoor distanced seating will be available on a first come, first served basis  and outdoor seating will be available in the adjacent City Park. Live streaming of the program and presentations will be accessible via social media. There will be a to go meal option and the wearing of masks will be encouraged by all attendees.

For additional information, or to reserve your seat,  and/or a to go meal, attendees are requested to RSVP to Sarah Avery or Kadie Matthews at the chamber office by calling 229-524-2588.

About the speaker

Timothy Coolong, UGA Department of Horticulture Professor and Extension Specialist obtained all three of his degrees — his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate — from the University of Georgia Department of Horticulture and, after several years serving as the vegetable extension specialist at the University of Kentucky, he was hired at the UGA Tifton campus to perform vegetable research and outreach. After five years in Tifton, Coolong returned to the Athens campus to oversee teaching, Extension, and research for organic vegetable production. While he primarily conducts field research, he has worked on a broad variety of topics, from germplasm evaluation to food safety in vegetables. In Spring 2019, Coolong began to manage research and extension outreach for industrial hemp production in Georgia. He currently teaches courses focused on experiential learning in organic agriculture and has directed or advised nearly two dozen graduate students. He is also the UGA coordinator for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. 


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