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October 16, 2012   Email to Friend 

GIVHAN RECOGNIZED IN SOUTHEASTERN FARMER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
Mary Johnson
(334) 235-1406
October 16, 2012

During the opening day luncheon of the Sunbelt Ag Expo, ten state farmers were recognized in the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award competition. Swisher International President Tom Ryan, left, presents Alabama state winner Sam Givhan with his trophy.


MOULTRIE, Ga., - Dallas County row crop, cattle and catfish farmer Sam Givhan represented Alabama in the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year contest in Moultrie, Ga. Florida dairy farmer and fruit juice processor Dale McClellan was selected as the overall winner during the Willie B. Withers Luncheon.

Givhan, a decorated Vietnam veteran who has farmed for 42 years, was nominated for the Alabama Farmer of the Year award by Alabama Farmers Federation Area VI Organizational Director Robert Utsey.

As the Alabama state winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo award, Givhan received a $2,500 cash award and an expense-paid trip to the expo from Swisher International of Jacksonville, Fla.; a $500 gift certificate from the Southern States cooperative and the choice of either $1,000 in PhytoGen cottonseed or a $500 donation to a designated charity on behalf of Dow Agrosciences. Courtesy of Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm Supply, each farmer and nominator received a Columbia Cathedral Peak Vest.

Givhan is chairman of the board of directors for the Alabama Farmers Cooperative and has been on the board for nine years.

He served as president of the Dallas County Farmers Federation for 26 years, is president of Central Alabama Farmers Cooperative, serves on a committee for the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and is on the Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association board. He is a founding member of the Alabama Agribusiness Council and a member of the Alabama Farmers Federation Wheat & Feed Grains Committee.

Givhan and his wife, Lynne, are members of Safford Baptist Church. They have two adult sons, Sam, an attorney in Huntsville, and David, who manages the farm’s hay and cattle production.

As the overall winner, McClellan received additional prizes including a $15,000 cash award from Swisher International; a Columbia Steen’s Mountain Tech Full Zip Jacket from Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm Supply; a year’s use of a tractor from Massey Ferguson of North America; a $500 gift certificate from the Southern States cooperative and the choice of either another $1,000 in PhytoGen cottonseed or a $500 donation to a designated charity on behalf of Dow Agrosciences.

The Farmer of the Year award competition began in 1990, and the winner, selected from 10 Southeastern state finalists, is based on excellence in agricultural production, farm management and leadership in farm and community organizations. In the 23-year history of the award, seven overall winners have come from Florida.


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