Locals elected to state post for Young Farmer Committee


Special to the Times

Henry County Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee Chairman Thomas Strickland and his wife Carmen Strickland are serving on the 2015 Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee.



Thomas and Carmen Strickland of Locust Grove have been elected to serve on the 2015 Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee. Thomas is a ninth-generation farmer in Henry County and operates Strickland Farms in Luella. Special photo



 Henry County Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee Chairman Thomas Strickland and his wife Carmen Strickland are serving on the 2015 Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee.

The committee oversees GFB’s young farmer activities, including the GFB Young Farmer Leadership Conference on Jekyll Island in July, the GFB Young Farmer Discussion Meet, Achievement Award and Excellence in Agriculture competitive events, the Picture Georgia in Agriculture Photo Contest and the Harvest For All Campaign.

This is the Stricklands’ first year of a two-year term on the Young Farmer Committee.

Thomas is a ninth-generation farmer in Henry County, operating Strickland Farms in Luella. Thomas also runs a small research farm in Pike County for the University of Georgia. He and Carmen both attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
The Stricklands live in Locust Grove with their daughter Trinity, age 3. They are members of Luella Baptist Church.

On the committee, the Stricklands represent the GFB 3rd District, which includes Carroll, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Henry, Newton, Paulding, Polk and Rockdale, counties.

Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization and has 158 county offices. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, state and national activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors. GFB also has 20 agricultural commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major crops and livestock grown in Georgia.