Virginia farmer named Farmer of the Year

Virginia farmer named Farmer of the Year
(Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB)

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Virginia farmer Robert Mills Jr. was named the 2017 Swisher Sweets Southeastern Farmer of the Year.

The award ceremony was held at the 40th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo.

Mills is a first-generation farmer who grows tobacco and raises cattle.

Mills said he realized he wanted to be a farmer in eighth grade.

"Young people coming on there is no future. I've spent most of my life traveling and speaking, trying to inspire young people through the adversity that I faced as being a young farmer that didn't have anything," said Mills.

Mills was chosen over nine other state winners who were finalists for the award.

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