Burns receives Outstanding Georgia Peanut Farmer of the Year Award
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

TIFTON, Ga. — Rep. Jon Burns, Newington, Georgia, received the Outstanding Georgia Peanut Farmer of the Year Award for District 3 at the 41st annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference, Jan. 19, 2017, at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton, Georgia. The award is sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission and Agri Supply.

The Georgia Peanut Commission presents the Outstanding Georgia Peanut Farmer of the Year awards to one farmer in each of the commission’s five districts. This award is designed to honor farmers who have given life-long devotion to peanut farming and who have the passion, diligence, leadership and desire to see that the peanut industry in the state of Georgia continues to represent the highest quality possible.

A farmer and small business owner, Rep. Burns and his sons own and operate a diversified agribusiness company that offers custom products and services to farmers, livestock producers and the construction industry. He and his son also operate their family farm. Rep. Burns is proud to be the fifth-generation family living and working on their diversified family farm where row crops, cattle, timber, hay and hunting and fishing are all parts of his love of the land. Peanut production has been a part of his farm for the last four decades.

Rep. Burns is a past member of the Rotary Club and the Georgia Southern University Alumni Association Board of Directors, member and past president of the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, member of the Georgia Agribusiness Council, member and past president of the Effingham County Young Farmers Organization, member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and proudly served in the Georgia Army National Guard. Rep. Burns is also serving his 7th term as a Georgia House of Representatives and serves on the Georgia Department of Transportation Board. Rep. Burns has been awarded Man of the Year in Soil Conservation in the Ogeechee River Soil Conservation District in 1986, 2016 Georgia Conservancy Legislator of the Year in 2016 and has received his Honorary American FFA Degree.

Rep. Burns earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Georgia Southern University and holds a Juris Doctor degree from John Marshall Law School. Rep. Burns and his wife, Dayle, have two sons and five grandchildren. Rep. Burns is an active member and Sunday School Superintendent at Mizpah United Methodist Church.

Additional district winners include: District 1 – John Bridges Sr., Brinson; District 2 – Kenneth Hall Sr., Tifton; District 4 – Richard Nutt, Pitts; and District 5 – Glen Lee Chase, Oglethorpe. These farmers received a sign to display at their farm and a gift card from Agri Supply.

For photos and additional information on the Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference visit the Georgia Peanut Commission website at gapeanuts.com.

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