Professional Ag Workers Meeting
by: Bobby McDonald
The Hopkins County Professional Ag Workers Association opened the new year with their first breakfast meeting "huddled" in the kitchen, by the stove, as the heating unit in the building was giving problems on a cold morning in Buford Park, Thursday morning. "We had a light crowd, but it's the 'quality' that counts!" remarked Ag Workers President, Gary Spraggins.
The "light" crowd had its own special effects as those present had a great time of visiting and enjoying a round of stories, as the room and the conversation "heated up" with plenty of warm coffee and breakfast.
Topics discussed included the upcoming Hopkins County NETLA Youth Market Show and the organization's participation as both a buyer in the sale and as providing the chili and stew luncheon for the buyers at sale. Volunteers are being sought to help with these projects. And, the group discussed the nominees for this year's Annual Agriculturalist of the Year, to be presented at the 2013 Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Banquet, to be held on February 21st. A number of nominees had been submitted and discussions of merit were presented. This year's winner will be recognized at the February banquet.
The group also noted the passing of Mrs. Allarea Black, the wife of founding member, Mr. Ira Black, and expressed their heartfelt sympathy to Mr. Black, David, and Nancy, and their families.
The remainder of the time was spent visiting and discussing local agricultural and community issues, and was enjoyed by all in attendance.