Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 25, 2013

Macon County Farm Bureau members serve on GFB Young Farmer Committee

Special meeting today at Ag Center

MACON — Macon County Farm Bureau member Matt Oliver and his wife Ivy, of Ellaville, are serving on the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee for 2013.

The Olivers and other farmers on the committee from across the state work to enhance the overall effectiveness of Georgia Farm Bureau by providing leadership, educational and social opportunities to enable young adults to become more active members and to assume additional roles of leadership and responsibility within county, state or national Farm Bureau organizations.

This is the first year of a two-year term on the committee for the Olivers.

A graduate of McMinn County High School in Athens, Tenn., Matt grows wheat, soybeans, peanuts and grain sorghum on 340 acres in partnership with MCFB Young Farmer Chairman Andrew Albertson. Matt also works with Valley Farms in Macon County.

Ivy, who holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgia Southwestern State University, is director of membership for the Americus-Sumter Chamber of Commerce.

The Olivers attend Central Baptist Church in Americus.

The Olivers represent GFB’s 8th District, which includes Clay, Crisp, Dooly, Houston, Lee, Macon, Marion, Pulaski, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Stewart, Sumter, Terrell, Turner, Webster and Wilcox counties.

The Americus-Sumter County Chamber of Commerce and the GFB District 8 Young Farmer Representatives host a meet today at the Sumter County Ag Center. Keith Harbin, a GFB estate planner, will present on Estate Planning for Farmers, and the public is invited.

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.          

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