Community Celebrates Farm-City Week

— Written By Janine Rywak and last updated by

Ag producers, business representatives and community leaders from across the county attended the annual Farm-City Week dinner, held Tuesday, September 20 at the Lockhart-Taylor Center of South Piedmont Community College in Wadesboro.

The event was held to emphasize the collaborations between the farming industry and the business community, with 176 in attendance. Outstanding individuals were also recognized and awarded plaques for their dedication to agriculture and business.

Farm-City Week observances take place around the nation each year to strengthen the understanding of farm-city connections that provide our food, fiber and shelter.  Anson County is fortunate to have strong ties that appreciate its agricultural base and its importance to the local economy.

The Anson County Chamber of Commerce and Brown Creek Soil and Water Conservation District joined the Anson County Cooperative Extension staff to host the evening. The event combined the annual Farm-City Week observances with Brown Creek’s annual awards dinner.

Sponsored by Pee Dee Electric, guests were treated to a reception before the event, followed by a barbeque buffet. The evening program highlighted agriculture, award recipients, and entertainment.

Plaques given during the evening included Outstanding Farmer of the Year, awarded by Anson County Cooperative Extension, to Jeff Lee. Oustanding Agribusiness was awarded to Greene Farm, received by Mike and Valerie Greene, and presented by the Anson County Chamber of Commerce.

Brown Creek Soil & Water Conservation District recognized Jack Porten with Porten Farms LLC as the Anson County Conservation Farm Family. Resource Conservation Workshop Participants Katelyn and Brooke and Stovall were recognized for their participation in the named program sponsored at NC State this summer.

The evening’s entertainment was comedian John Felts of Wilmington. Felts entertained the group after dinner with a show of jokes and fun, interacting with the audience and leaving them in laughter.

This year’s event kicked off a week of observing and celebrating agriculture in Anson County. The week ended with the annual Ag Fair at the Extension Center and 4-H Youth Livestock Show at Circle G Arena in Lilesville.

JessicaMorgan, Agricultural Agent, presents the Outstanding Farmer of the Year Award.

JessicaMorgan, Agricultural Agent, presents the Outstanding Farmer of the Year Award.

Shelby Emrich, Chamber Director, presents the Outstanding Agribusiness Award.

Shelby Emrich, Chamber Director, presents the Outstanding Agribusiness Award.

Nichole Carpenter, Soil & Water Board Member, presents the Conservation Farm Family Award.

Nichole Carpenter, Soil & Water Board Member, presents the Conservation Farm Family Award.

Tina Rowell, Soil & Water Director, presents the Resource Conservation Workshop Participant Awards.

Tina Rowell, Soil & Water Director, presents the Resource Conservation Workshop Participant Awards.

Entertainner John Felts ends the show performing a trick with Mark Mills.

Entertainner John Felts ends the show performing a trick with Mark Mills.

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