Georgia grower recognized for work ethic, conservation

03/19/2014 11:00:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

Philip GrimesCourtesy University of GeorgiaPhilip Grimes (left) credits a lot of his farming success to the work of University of Georgia Extension, including Tift County Extension agent Brian Tankersley.Philip Grimes, a diversified grower in Tift County, Ga., has been named the 2014 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Georgia Farmer of the Year.

Grimes was praised for his dedicated work ethic, including detailed record keeping and sound conservation practices, according to a news release.

“The winners are always leaders…,” Steve Brown, University of Georgia associate dean for Extension, said in the release. “Other farmers look up to them and follow their lead on things. You don’t have to be a mega-farmer to win, but you have to have those leadership qualities.”

Grimes, who operates Docia Farms, grows peanuts, cotton, cantaloupe, snap beans and broccoli.

His vegetables can be spotted at most retailers in the South, including Food Lion, Wal-Mart and Kroger.

Grimes, an avid follower of Extension research, also has been recognized at the district and state level for producing top peanut yields for 20 straight yields.

Docia Farms is family run, with Jane Grimes in charge of office duties, son Andrew Grimes and son-in-law Gator Walker involved in the day-to-day operations.

The senior Grimes will formally receive the award at the expo in October.

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