CHIPLEY – Washington County celebrated its agricultural leaders November 14 with the annual Farm to City breakfast, held at the Washington County Agriculture Center.
Notably, the Bill and Laverne Williams family was honored as Washington County’s 2017 Farm Family of the Year.
In the Williams family, farming is a way of life. Bill, following in his grandfather’s footsteps, began raising livestock and crops in Washington County more than 40 years ago with his wife, Laverne.
Williams' first major enterprise was a farrow to finish hog operation, during which time he also grew the crops fed to the hogs.
When market conditions persistently became poor, Williams moved away from hog production. While Williams still grows some crops, his major focus is on cattle, hay and timber.
A true family farm, every generation of Williams family is involved. Their children, sons Chad and Boyd Williams and daughter Jennifer Price, still help out when they can get away from their own careers. Their grandchildren, Kristen, Haylee, and Caleb Williams and Brayden, Brodie, and Bella Price are also becoming more and more involved.
Other Farm to City honorees included Washington County Annual-Forage Hay Winner of the Year, George Fisher, Hickory Ridge Farm Perrenial-Forage Hay of the Year, Cattleman of the Year Hickory Ridge Farms, Conservationist of the Year Kevin Fussell and Service to Extension Award to Annette Lanham.