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Annual dinner shows appreciation for farmers


By Melissa Robinson
Contributing Editor   

  The Henry County Farm Bureau held its annual Farmer Appreciation Dinner Monday night at the Locust Grove Event Center, where close to 300 guests enjoyed a barbecue dinner, fellowship and a variety of door prizes.

  Henry County Farm Bureau President Ross McQueen said that the dinner was a joint venture between the Henry and Clayton County Farm Bureaus.

Ross McQueen (right), Henry County Farm Bureau President, speaks to hundreds of farmer at an annual appreciation dinner in Locust Grove.                                 Photo by Melissa Robinson

  He said the dinner is to give back to the farmers as well as educate people about membership in the Farm Bureau and its many benefits, and said one of the greatest benefits the Farm Bureau offers is strong numbers in representing the interests of farmers to state and federal legislators.

  “We do this dinner every year and it’s a way to give something back. We’ve got 158 offices in the state and three full time lobbyists in the General Assembly to make sure that laws that pertain to farmers get protected,” said McQueen. “We love for people to participate, and there’s strength in numbers so the more numbers we have, helps get us into legislators’ offices.”

  During a brief speech, McQueen also spoke about the importance of the Conservation Use Valuation Assessment (CUVA) in which farmers are eligible for certain tax benefits on their land. 

  “It was passed about 11 years ago by the General Assembly, voted on by the people of Georgia and the Farm Bureau worked really hard to get this thing passed and worked hard to keep it from getting changed,” said McQueen. “It’s the only chance a farmer’s got to holding onto his land.”

  Henry County Tax Commis-sioner David Curry was the featured speaker and also spoke about CUVA, as well as about other tax topics, including homestead exemptions and school tax exemptions for seniors.

  For more information about the Farm Bureau, Farm Bureau insurance or how to benefit from CUVA, contact the Henry County Farm Bureau in McDonough at 770-957-2608.



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