Chase receives Outstanding Georgia Peanut Farmer of the Year Award
Released: Jan. 24, 2017
TIFTON, Ga. — Glen Lee Chase, Oglethorpe, Georgia, received the Outstanding Georgia Peanut Farmer of the Year Award for District 5 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.
Chase is married to his wife Ellen and they have two children, Barbra and Donald. In 1952, Chase and his parents moved to Georgia and began farming along the Flint River. From 10 acres of peanuts harvested with a stationary combine, the farm has grown to an annual cultivation of 500 acres of peanuts. The farm also produces 1,000 acres of corn, 60 acres of sweet corn and broilers in 10 poultry houses.
Chase’s wife and son Donald work alongside him on the farm. Growing and promoting top-quality high-yield peanuts has become a passion for the Chase family which include both of Chase’s children, 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.
Chase has served as Macon County Commissioner for 8 years, been a member of Georgia Farm Bureau, served as Macon County Farm Bureau president for 15 years, GFA Peanut Association Board of Directors for 21 years where he served as president for two. He has also served on Pro FAC Cooperative Board of Directors for 13 years.
Along with being active in the ag industry, Chase has been active in his community. He has been a member of the Andersonville Trial Association for 25 years where he resided as president for four of those years, Georgia- Cumberland Conference of Seventh Day Adventist executive board for 10 years, finance committee for 15 years and been a board member for the Macon County Chamber of Commerce for eight years.
Additional district winners include: District 1 – John Bridges Sr., Brinson; District 2 – Kenneth Hall Sr., Tifton; District 3 – Rep. Jon Burns, Newington; and District 4 – Richard Nutt, Pitts. 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.