Agricultural Achievements Celebrated

Outstanding Achievements in many aspects of Agriculture were recognized last night during the Annual Laurens County Spotlight on Agriculture.

The Laurens County Farm Family of the year award was presented to the Robert H. Roper III family of Laurens. The Laurens County Agriculturist of the Year was Dr. John W. Irwin of Laurens.

The M.L. Outz Memorial Outstanding Extension Supporter of the Year was presented to Michael Sutton from the Woodruff area of Laurens County. Mr. Sutton also won the Laurens County Outstanding Cattleman of the Year. The Laurens County Outstanding Horticulturalist of the Year award went to Mrs. Connie Daniels of Laurens.

Glen and Marilyn Easter of Laurens were presented the Outstanding Laurens County Dairyman of the Year award.

The Outstanding Broiler Producer of the Year award was presented to William R. Garrett Jr. of Mountville.

Turning to the timber industry, Spotlight on Agriculture last night presented the Outstanding Woodland Manager of the Year award to Dr. Mel Patterson of Laurens.

The Laurens County Clemson Extension Advisory Council Scholarship Winner for this year was Mr. Justin Price of Kinards. Mrs. Elizabeth Lusby of Clinton received the Laurens County – Rose Torrey Memorial 4-H Volunteer of the Year designation. And Neil Crisp of Mountville received the Laurens County Friend of FFA/4H Award.

Youth Future Farmers of America winners honored this year with the Outstanding FFA Member of the Year Award were John Michael Lapomarda from Clinton High School and Matthew Brownlee of Laurens District 55 High.

The Outstanding Laurens County 4-H Junior Candidate for the year, recognized last night, was Miss Kaitlin Coggins of Enoree. Three candidates for the Outstanding 4-H Senior Award were introduces last night. These were Miss Julia Kerber of Gray Court, Miss Audrey Wilson of Clinton and Miss Breanna Ferguson of Fountain Inn. The finalist for the 4-H Senior Award will be named next Thursday night at the Annual Laurens County 4-H Awards Banquet. This year, that event moves to the Family Life Center at 1st Presbyterian, where the Laurens County Spotlight on Agriculture has been held for many years.