An emotional David Wildy asked his family members to join him on stage after he was named the Swisher International Sunbelt Farmer of the Year at this year’s Sunbelt Expo.
Wildy, a fifth generation cotton, corn, soybeans, wheat, peanuts and potato farmer from Manila, Ark., was selected from a group of 10 state Farmer of the Year winners from 10 southeastern states running from Arkansas to Virginia.
His selection was announced at the annual Southeastern Farmer of the Year Awards Luncheon, which occurred on the opening day of Sunbelt Expo. The Expo opened to huge crowds and warm, sunny skies at its location on the edge of Moultrie, Ga.
“Without my family, I wouldn’t be here,” said Wildy. Later, he told Southeast news media he was proud to be placed in the company of “so many farmers across the country that are doing things right.”
Wildy was the 2001 winner of the Farm Press-The Cotton Foundation High Cotton Award. He continues to implement water conservation and other environmental stewardship practices on his 12,000-acre farming operation.
The award includes a $15,000 cash prize from Swisher International and a year’s use of a Massey Ferguson tractor.
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