Nutt receives Outstanding Georgia Peanut Farmer of the Year Award
Released: Jan. 24, 2017
TIFTON, Ga. — Richard Nutt, Pitts, Georgia, received the Outstanding Georgia Peanut Farmer of the Year Award for District 4 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.
Nutt’s farming experience dates back to his childhood. He was raised on his family farm and branched out on his own in 1968. In 1990 his son-in-law joined the operation and his grandson followed in 2006. Nutt is married to his wife Judy and they have two daughters, Sherry and Sandra and a son, Richie. When Nutt is not farming, he enjoys traveling the country especially to the mountains and attending southern gospel concerts. Nutt attends Union Baptist church where he serves as a deacon and song leader.
Along with farming, Nutt is a shareholder at Pitts Gin. He has been a member of Georgia Young Farmers and Georgia Farm Bureau and has served on the FSA board. In the 80s Nutt was awarded Conservationist of the Year, Wilcox County Farmer of the Year in 1991 and Top Producer of the Year in 2015. While Nutt has been farming peanuts for 47 years, he also farms cotton, corn, tends to 18 poultry houses and manages approximately 125 acres of pecan trees.
Additional district winners include: District 1 – John Bridges Sr., Brinson; District 2 – Kenneth Hall Sr., Tifton; District 3 – Rep. Jon Burns, Newington; 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.