It’s the annual proving ground of the best of the best in Southeastern agriculture. Collectively, they represent well the region's diverse agricultural landscape. Here are the 10 farmers who will vie to be the 2019 Swisher Sweets / Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019, the award program includes now farmers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
In the previous 29 years of the award, more than $1.1 million has been awarded to state and overall winners. Each state winner receives $2,500 and an all-expense paid trip to the Sunbelt Ag Expo along with various other prizes. The overall Southeastern winner receives $15,000 and various other prizes from the sponsors. The overall winner will be announced at the Sunbelt Ag Expo Oct. 15 in Moultrie, Ga.
Photos and information for this gallery were provided by the Sunbelt Ag Expo.