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Grimes back on farm after receiving prestigious award

Philip Grimes, 2014 Georgia's Farmer of the Year Philip Grimes, 2014 Georgia's Farmer of the Year
Philip Grimes, 2014 Georgia's Farmer of the Year Philip Grimes, 2014 Georgia's Farmer of the Year
TIFT CO., GA (WALB) -

A south Georgia farmer was back at work in his fields Wednesdayafter taking a little time off to receive a prestigious award.

Philip Grimes from Tift County was named Georgia's Farmer of theYear because of his innovative approach to farming.

"It's very exciting and very humbled about it," said PhilipGrimes.

For his hard work, Grimes was recognized Tuesday by GovernorNathan Deal and Georgia Agriculture Commissioner, Gary Black.

"I'm glad we got support on that end of the state. Inagriculture, that's very rewarding," said Grimes.

Grimes have been operating Docia Farms in Tift County for over 25years.

"I'm passionate about my crops. I love to see them grow. It'sa blessing from God," said Grimes.

While Georgia's farmer of the year is a new title for Grimes, hewas previously Tift County Farmer of the year in 2009.

"He has really been noteworthy in terms of peanut productionand high yields. He has been recognized in the peanut achievement club forclose to 20 years consecutively," said Brian Tankersley, UGA ExtensionAgent.

On his almost 27-hundred acre farm, he produces crops includingpeanuts, broccoli and cantaloupes.

"I wouldn't want to do anything else but farm. When I' amgrowing crops, I don't even like to go anywhere, just like to be on the farmand seeing what they need and being preventive," said Grimes.

And Grimes is not alone on his farm. He says the farm is a familyoperation.

"My wife is in the office taking care of book work, my sonAndrew is on the farm. My son-in-law is on the farm. The grand kids are all intraining, ready to farm too," said Grimes.

Philip Grimes will represent Georgia at the Sunbelt Ag Expo inOctober. He will go for the title of Southeastern Farmer of the Year. 

 

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