A Nevils-area family was honored Friday as the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce observed Farm-City Week with a luncheon.
Held at the Bulloch County Center for Agriculture, the luncheon honored the Will Anderson family and recognized Chamber Operations and Membership Manager Roxanne Kibler by presenting her with the Agriculture Partner of the Year award.
The honor goes to a person who is not from the agriculture community but shows exceptional support for the community’s industry, Agribusiness Committee member Todd Faircloth said.
Anderson and his brother Reed are sixth-generation farmers growing cotton, soybeans, corn and wheat, as well as operating broiler houses for Claxton Poultry.
Will Anderson, married to Heather Stewart Anderson, is a deacon at Gracewood Baptist Church and trustee for the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home. The couple have three children.
“This is an honor to get this award,” Anderson said as he spoke to a crowded room.
Afterward, he said he had already known he would get into farming, but when his father’s health demanded help, he took over. “I kind of knew I had to come onto the farm or something would happen to it,” he said. “I wanted to do that anyway.”
The award was a surprise, he admitted, but he said he began to suspect “something was going on” the morning of the luncheon.
Kibler said she was also surprised to receive her honor, as it had been a well-kept secret at the Chamber of Commerce.
“I’m speechless, I’m at a loss for words,” she said. The chamber Agribusiness Committee is “a wonderful, hard-working committee and I thank you very much for what y’all do.”
Bulloch County Extension Agent Wes Harris was the featured speaker for the event and shared experiences, along with a slide presentation, of his tour of Afghanistan as a Marine working to help citizens focus on positive farming techniques and crops while targeting the current popular trend of growing marijuana as well as poppies for opium.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.