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Dawson County Farm Bureau finalist for state award
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Georgia Farm Bureau President Gerald Long, right, congratulates Dawson County Farm Bureau President Wayne Bennett for being named a finalist for the Georgia Farm Bureau McKemie Award during the 2016 GFB Convention held Dec. 4-6 on Jekyll Island.

MACON, Ga. - Dawson County Farm Bureau was recognized as one of the top county Farm Bureau programs in the state during the organization's 79th annual convention held on Jekyll Island earlier this month.

The county chapter was named a finalist for the prestigious McKemie Award - the highest honor that a county Farm Bureau in the state can receive - in recognition of the activities it sponsored during the past year to promote agriculture during the Dec. 4-6 event.

Dawson County Farm Bureau was one of nine county farm bureaus to be recognized as a finalist in the 1,280-2.219 member category.

Wayne Bennett is the local president.

Georgia Farm Bureau, the state's largest general farm organization, was founded in 1937.

The organization has 158 county offices. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, district and state activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors.

Georgia Farm Bureau also has 20 agricultural commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major crops and livestock grown in Georgia.

Membership is open to the public and offers a wide variety of benefits to its members including insurance and discounts for health services, travel and family entertainment. Enrollment in any of the member benefits is optional and not a requirement for membership.

Becoming a member helps support local farmers and ensures Georgians continue to have access to locally grown, high-quality food.

For more information about membership or to join, visit