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Farmer of Year named on Expo's first day

October 16, 2007

Moultrie -- About 75,000 people packed Spence Field in Moultrie Tuesday for the opening of the 30th annual Sunbelt Agricultural Expo. The huge farm show is a chance for farmers and the community to see the newest technology in the agriculture industry.

Hundreds streamed in around 8:30 as the gates opened to be the first to see everything the Expo had to offer. It was a chance to try out the newest technology in tractors and hay bailers.

They also named the farmer of the year, chosen from 10 states. This year that honor went to Bill Cameron Junior of North Carolina. For Georgia's Farmer of the year, Daniel Johnson, it was only slight disappointment, because he respects Cameron and other farmers who struggle to be successful.

"It's getting harder and harder every year and people that survive in agriculture are some tough folks and they've got to be a good businessman," he said.

Johnson who farms tobacco, cotton and peanuts says this was his best harvest of tobacco in 24 years.

The fun continues here for the next two days. With plenty to see from stock dog trials to equipment demonstrations, to fascinating topics like using DNA to produce better crop yields. And later we'll tell you what farmers are saying about the drought conditions not only here in Georgia, but throughout the southeast.

The expo continues Wednesday and Thursday. Gates open at 8:30 daily.