Giles County’s Brian Flowers Wins State Young Farmer Honors

Dairy farmer Brian Flowers was named Tennessee Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farmer and Achievement Award winner during special ceremonies held Saturday evening at the Tennessee Young Farmer Summer Conference. Flowers, Giles County Farm Bureau’s 2010 Young Farmer of the Year, bested 18 other county contestants in state competition held at the headquarter offices of the Tennessee Farm Bureau in Columbia, Tenn., to be named the state winner and to also have the opportunity to compete for national honors in January.
   
He was named this year’s winner based upon farm and financial records from the farm year 2009. Flowers farms over 1,000 acres in the Lynnville community of Giles County. He has in production a 100 head Holstein dairy cowherd, which he began in 1996. Flowers’ major crops are corn, soybeans, wheat hay, and pasture for his livestock. He also has 56 black cross beef cows with calves.
 
Flowers has been very active in the Young Farmer and Rancher program, as well as the Giles County Farm Bureau and his community. Brian has served as treasurer of the state YF&R committee and chairman of his county committee. He is captain of his volunteer fire and rescue squad and was a volunteer providing assistance to dairy farmers affected by Hurricane Katrina in the coastal areas. He is also very active in the Church of Christ.

The rewards for being named the state winner are many. Flowers received a year’s free use of a brand new Case/IH tractor up to 150 hours. He also received $500 from Tennessee Farm Bureau, $500 from Dodge, a fully loaded RTV to keep from Tennessee Farm Bureau, $500 in qualified Farm Bureau services, a year’s contract for a cell phone from American Cellular, an insurance policy to cover the tractor for one year from Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee and a trip to the American Farm Bureau Convention in Atlanta January 2011, where he will compete for national honors with other state winners for national awards from Dodge and Case IH. The national winner will receive a new 2011 Dodge 3500 Heavy Duty Quad Cab 4×4 SLT truck to keep. Each of the four runners-up will receive a new Case IH DX compact tractor to keep.  
 
Joshua and Julieanna Ogle from Lincoln County were named runners-up in the competition. They received $500 in qualified Farm Bureau services, $1,000 cash from Tennessee Farm Bureau, a trip to the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention, and trips to all Tennessee YF&R Conferences. District winners were District 1 – Scotty and Candice Ogg from Weakley County, District 3 – Jamie and Ashley Weaver from Coffee County, District 4 – Jacob Sparkman from White County, and District 5 – George and Elizabeth Cline from Jefferson County