2009-04-22 / Front Page

Governor's Ag Environmental Stewardship

Will and Yvonne Harris are pictured with Gov. Sonny Perdue during Friday's Environmental Stewardship Awards at the Georgia Freight Depot. Will and Yvonne Harris are pictured with Gov. Sonny Perdue during Friday's Environmental Stewardship Awards at the Georgia Freight Depot. White Oak Pastures of Bluffton was honored last week as one of five district winners in Gov. Perdue's competition for the Annual Environmental Stewardship Award during the sixth annual National Agriculture Awareness Week in Georgia to recognize the contributions of agriculture and agribusiness.

The awards were presented at a celebration Friday at the Georgia Freight Depot featuring food products displays and related information of approximately 60 Georgia agriculture commodities and organizations.

The 2009 winner of the Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award for Agriculture was Still Water Farm in Danielsville.

Other district stewardship winners honored were Cohutta Farms of Ellijay, Bradbury Farms of Montrose and McKinnon Farms of Douglas.

"Georgia's agricultural community is innovative and resilient," said Governor Perdue. "They will emerge from this challenging time stronger and more focused on providing great products, running efficient operations and utilizing cutting-edge technologies to bring food to the tables of Georgians and consumers around the world."

Flat Creek Lodge Dairy of Swainsboro was the overall winner of the 2009 Flavor of Georgia contest, an award won by White Oak Pastures last year.

Agriculture is Georgia's oldest and largest industry, and remains a leading source of jobs and income.

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