By Melissa Robinson
The Henry County Farm Bureau
held its annual Farmer Appreciation Dinner Monday night at the
Locust Grove Event Center, where close to 300 guests enjoyed a
barbecue dinner, fellowship and a variety of door prizes.
Henry County Farm Bureau
President Ross McQueen said that the dinner was a joint venture
between the Henry and Clayton County Farm Bureaus.
Ross McQueen (right), Henry
County Farm Bureau President, speaks to hundreds of farmer
at an annual appreciation dinner in Locust Grove.
Photo by Melissa Robinson
He said the dinner is to
give back to the farmers as well as educate people about
membership in the Farm Bureau and its many benefits, and said
one of the greatest benefits the Farm Bureau offers is strong
numbers in representing the interests of farmers to state and
“We do this dinner every year
and it’s a way to give something back. We’ve got 158 offices in the
state and three full time lobbyists in the General Assembly to make
sure that laws that pertain to farmers get protected,” said McQueen.
“We love for people to participate, and there’s strength in numbers
so the more numbers we have, helps get us into legislators’
During a brief speech,
McQueen also spoke about the importance of the Conservation Use
Valuation Assessment (CUVA) in which farmers are eligible for
certain tax benefits on their land.
“It was passed about 11 years
ago by the General Assembly, voted on by the people of Georgia and
the Farm Bureau worked really hard to get this thing passed and
worked hard to keep it from getting changed,” said McQueen. “It’s
the only chance a farmer’s got to holding onto his land.”
Henry County Tax
Commis-sioner David Curry was the featured speaker and also spoke
about CUVA, as well as about other tax topics, including homestead
exemptions and school tax exemptions for seniors.
For more information about the Farm Bureau,
Farm Bureau insurance or how to benefit from CUVA, contact the Henry
County Farm Bureau in McDonough at 770-957-2608.