Washington County holds 51st annual Farm-City Day Banquet

Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 08:26 PM.


Conservationist of the Year – Dr. Ron Harrell and Dr. Les Nichols

Drs. Harrell and Nichols established H & N Farms after the passing of their father and uncle, respectively.  They began to convert the commercial cattle operation to a grass fed beef operation.  Key components have included revitalizing the pasture soil, culling undesirable cows from the herd and using holistic farming practices including application of fish oil spray, spreading wood ash and other natural supplements to improve the soil.  Active conservation of natural resources is also practiced as well as hard work, continued study and learning from other farmers to make changes to improve the land and grow grass fed beef.


Dr. Ron Harrell grew up in Chipley, Florida, the son of JT and Edna Harrell.  After graduation from Chipley High School, he received a B.S. degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.  In 1968, he received an MD from the University of Miami and completed a medical internship and residency and a cardiology fellowship at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.  He served 2 years as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, including 1 year in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service.  In 1975, he established a cardiology practice in Dothan, AL and co-founded Dothan Specialty Clinic. 

Dr. Les Nichols grew up spending a lot of time on Edna and JT Harrell's farm in Chipley although he lived and worked in Pensacola. He and Ron are cousins; they have been like brothers for the past 50+ years and Les feels fortunate to have been treated as a second son. After high school, Les met his wife and moved to Birmingham where he began working for the University of Alabama Birmingham in the computer department while also taking classes and working towards admission into the UAB dental school.  Les finished dental school in 1977 and immediately applied to a residency in periodontics and finished in July 1979. He and his wife live in Decatur, Alabama, where he has a periodontal practice.

Cattleman of the Year – George Owens Family

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