Farmer Stories

05
Oct

Female farmer produces hemp history in South Georgia

She pushes. He pulls. They both use their bodyweight to heave the makeshift hemp seed dispenser across lumpier soil. Sweat…

25
Aug

First-year livestock farmer forecasts promise in cattle, COVID

They spring from the family’s Polaris 4-wheeler already knowing the day’s duties. Mariah refills the water troughs. Makinzi replenishes the…

19
Jul

Decades of federal land discrimination motivates farmer to mentor

Donnie McCrary’s youthful eyes and ears witnessed the outdoor altercation. His father, Turner McCrary, confronted land owner Sam Grice about…

05
Jun

Military vet returns home, renews family pine farm

Dontavius Jones dune buggies down Smothers Road. He hooks an immediate left onto a bumpier-riding Lower 5 Points Road. A…

03
Jun

Rainbow Coalition pushes Black farmers to contact U.S. Rep. Bishop

The conference call message to Black farmers across the nation was clear: Email or call U.S. Rep. Sanford D. Bishop…

25
May

Urban farmer creates pop-up possibilities for rural producers

Think of him like an organic crops curator. He travels above and through Georgia’s Black Belt Region, relationship-building and collecting…

04
May

Rural research student earns highest honor amid coronavirus

She ended her collegiate career as part of a historic class. The class of COVID-19. Jonesha Johnson, 20, joined…

28
Apr

CARES Act expands emergency resources for farm businesses

Facing losses during COVID-19? The recent CARES Act has provided additional emergency funding for farm businesses through the Small Business…

17
Apr

Manning one of Georgia’s ‘essential’ green jobs during COVID-19

He’s a nature and numbers kind of guy. Edward Morrow’s rural lifestyle has been about making critical calculations on behalf…

02
Mar

Reactivating a federal commission for Black Belt Region success

Georgia leaders and influencers met in Milledgeville, Georgia, to continue a conversation that started over a decade ago — establishing…