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Georgia farmer vies for Southeast title

October 14, 2002

IRWINVILLE - Armond Morris looks over his1300 acres of cotton, and 700 acres of peanuts. "We had 1.5 inches of rain yesterday going to make harvest difficult," he says. 

For 38 years Morris has been farming in Irwin County, and for the second time he's Georgia's farmer of the year.

"It's been a good life, good place for us to raise family, we've enjoyed farming."

But it has not always been easy.

"It's a lot of hard work, had to sacrafice, been a lot easier some times to go in to town and get a job."

Morris survived as a pioneer of invention, spurring the development of peanut combines and inverters.

"We've encouraged new innovations as far as peanut equipment and harvests go."

Now Morris competes for the Southeastern farmer of the year title. With it comes a responsibility the current Peanut Commission Chairman realized early on.

"Not what agriculture can do for me, but what I can do for agriculture." Morris says. "It's important we always try to make agriculture, better for future generations and generations now."

Morris is trying to improve things for one farmer in particular, "Jason's my son there he helps to run the farm now," he says.

A second Morris with a love for the land, and a desire to keep farming growing.

Armond Morris is the second man to be named Georgia farmer of the year twice. James Lee Adams of Camilla is the other. Adams is also the only Georgian to ever win Southeast honors.

posted at 6:20 p.m. by dave.d'marko@walb.com

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