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Georgia Farmer Receives National Award

Dan Georgia, USDA-NRCS


During the recent National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) annual meeting, James Vaughn of Forsyth, Georgia was named the 2019 “Friend of Conservation”. This award recognizes an individual, business or agency for outstanding contributions to the conservation of our nation’s natural resources. Vaughn was nominated by the Towaliga Conservation District and the Georgia Association of Conservation Districts.

Vaughn Farms is a family-owned and operated large scale cattle and forestry operation recognized for decades of farm conservation practices and sustainable development in Monroe County. The Vaughn family’s decades-long partnership with the Towaliga Conservation District and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has led to preserving the family farm for decades to come.

Mr. Vaughn gives a great deal of credit for his farm preservation and his knowledge of conservation to USDA-NRCS District Conservationist Carmen Westerfield with the USDA Service Center in Barnesville. Mrs. Westerfield has worked with Vaughn Farms for decades to design and implement longstanding conservation practices on his farm.

More about this can be found on the Georgia NRCS website.