Delaware Farm Bureau awards individuals, families
When fall rolls around, so does banquet season for the Delaware Farm Bureau. Awards are given to those who earn scholarships, to nationwide agencies that meet recruitment goals for the farm bureau, and to individuals and farm families who dedicate their time and commitment to the ag community.
The Kent County Farm Bureau Banquet was held Sept. 24 at the Felton Fire Hall. The Kent County Farm Family of the Year Award was given to the Bullock family, who have been farming on land west of Harrington since 1901. The award was accepted on behalf on the Bullock family by Ruth Bullock and her sons Donald and William. The Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award for Kent County was presented to Jimmy Messick Sr., the president of Taylor & Messick Inc., a John Deere dealership in Harrington. He is a lifelong employee at Taylor & Messick, which celebrated its 61st year in business this year.
Sussex County Farm Bureau bestowed the Farm Family of the Year Award for 2012 to the Fred West family. Fred West began farming at the age of 14 when his father passed away. He is a Sussex County Farm Bureau director as well as county delegate. His farming operation consists of 140,000 broilers and 2,500 acres of corn. Rep. Clifford “Biff” Lee, R-Laurel, was given the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award. Lee has 22 years of service to the state of Delaware. He is a former member of the Delaware State Police, and a strong supporter of consistency in the rules and regulations placed on farmers.