Donalsonville Farmer Honored

The Georgia Peanut Commission announced the winner of the Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award on Thursday.

Published on: Jan 21, 2011

Greg Mims of Donalsonville was honored with the Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award at the 35th Annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show Thursday at the Albany Civic Center in Albany, Ga.

The Georgia Peanut Commission presents the award annually to one Georgia peanut farmer based upon the applicant's overall farm operation; environmental and stewardship practices; and leadership and community service activities.

Mims farms in a partnership with his dad and brother. The farming operation consists of 4,000 acres of crops including peanuts, corn, cotton, soybeans, wheat and snap beans. He also raises cattle.

The GPC noted Mims is a leader and avid agricultural supporter in the Seminole County community. He is a member of the Seminole County Young Farmers, Seminole County FFA Alumni, County supervisor for the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation Commission and volunteers with Relay for Life. He is also a graduate the Peanut Leadership Academy and a Georgia delegate for the National Cotton Council and a state officer with the Georgia Young Farmers Association.

The Georgia Peanut Commission also presented awards to individuals and businesses for their service to the peanut industry and promotion of peanuts across the United States. Award winners are:

Distinguished Service Award: former Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin

Research and Education Award: Jim Todd, professor emeritus of entomology with the University of Georgia

Media Award: Jennifer Whittaker, editor with the Georgia Farm Bureau

Export Award: Stephanie Grunenfelder, vice president of International Marketing with the American Peanut Council

Special Award: Sally Wells, logistics and administrative manager for Birdsong Peanuts Southeast Division in Blakely, Ga.

The one-day show sponsored by the University of Georgia and the Georgia Peanut Commission attracted more than 1,600 visitors and 76 exhibitors.

Jennings, Fla., farmer Gary Cone won the grand door prize donated by Kelley Manufacturing Co. Cone received one season's use of a new 4-row or 6-row KMC peanut combine.