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North Carolina farmer wins Farmer of the Year

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MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

A North Carolina farmer who raises poultry, hogs, and beef cattle is the Southeastern Farmer of the Year.

Thomas Porter got the award at a luncheon today at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie.

He hopes he can help educate Americans about where their food and fiber come from.

The Farmer of the Year award recognizes excellence in agricultural production and management, along with leadership in community and farm organizations.

"Farming is always an up and down cycle, the future of farming is bright, farmers are probably the most optimistic people you will ever run across in your life, if it was not for being optimistic and loving what we do, we just could not get up and go do it over and over again everyday," says Tommy Porter, Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year.

Porter was chosen as Farmer of the Year from finalists from nine state winners.

Carlos Vickers from Nashville was the Georgia farmer of the year.

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