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July 8, 2014

Local farmer serving on American Farm Bureau Hay Committee

MACON — Tift County Farm Bureau Director Farrell Roberts is serving on the American Farm Bureau Federation Hay and Forage Committee for 2014.

The committee is made up of a nationwide group of Farm Bureau members who produce hay. The group makes recommendations to the American Farm Bureau regarding the organization’s policy in relation to hay production. This is Roberts’ second year serving on the committee. He also serves as chairman of the Georgia Farm Bureau Hay Committee.

The 10-member GFB committee consists of members from each of the organization’s 10 districts. Roberts leads the committee in making recommendations to GFB regarding issues that affect farmers who grow hay.

Roberts of Tifton grows Alicia, Tift 85 Bermuda and perennial peanut hay, as well as cotton. He has been farming since 1978 and is a former county Extension agent. He has also worked as a soil conservationist.

Roberts and his wife, Kathy, live in Tifton. They have three children, sons Doug and Dane and daughter Dallas, and two grandchildren.

Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization and has 158 county offices. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, state and national activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors.

GFB also has 20 agricultural commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major crops and livestock grown in Georgia.

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