2019-02-06 / Front Page

John Douglas Newton serving as Vice- Chairman of GFB Young Farmer Committee


John Douglas Newton of Millen is serving as Vice-Chairman of the 2019 Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee. (Photo courtesy of Georgia Farm Bureau) John Douglas Newton of Millen is serving as Vice-Chairman of the 2019 Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee. (Photo courtesy of Georgia Farm Bureau) Jenkins County Farm Bureau member John Douglas Newton is serving as Vice-Chairman of the 2019 Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee.

This is the second year of a two-year term on the committee for Newton, who farms with his brother Ben, growing cotton and peanuts. They are fifth-generation farmers. John also provides soil sampling and crop consulting services. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the University of Georgia.

On the committee, Newton represents the GFB 7th District, which includes Farm Bureaus in Appling, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Candler, Chatham, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Jenkins, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs and Wayne counties.

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

The GFB Young Farmers & Ranchers program is designed to provide leadership development, educational and social opportunities for farmers between the ages of 18 and 35.

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 offers its members a wide variety of benefits, including insurance, but enrollment in any of the member benefits is optional and not a requirement for membership.

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