GAINESVILLE – The annual Hall County Agribusiness Awards were handed out Tuesday morning at the North Hall Community Center.
Nearly eighty civic and ag-leaders attended the breakfast celebration, a reminder of the significance of agriculture in Hall County and the fact that Georgia was the first state in the nation to create a state Department of Agriculture in 1874.
Receiving the “2016 Friend of Agriculture Award” was dairyman Rex Farmer; Bob Williams won the “2016 Farmer of the Year Award”; Scott and Jennifer Glover, owners of Mountain Fresh Creamery in Clermont, were selected as the “2016 Outstanding Agribusiness Award” winners; and Sewell Blackstock was honored with the “Agriculture Hall of Fame” award.
“We’re extremely honored to receive this award,” Scott Glover told the audience, “but most of all we’re very fortunate to be able to do what we love in an area where we grew up.” Glover is a fourth generation dairy farmer.
Family tradition and longevity in agriculture is a common thread for two other award winners: Farmer and Blackstock claim deep family roots in the industry. Williams, on the other hand, is a Gainesville native who started Wauka Mountain Farms in 2008 following a stint in the U.S. Air Force.