Jon Marsh Anderson with Bulloch Fertilizer was named the Ag Partner of the year during the Statesboro Bulloch Chamber of Commerce Farm City Week luncheon held on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at the Bulloch County Ag Complex.
The Chamber hosts this annual event to recognize and celebrate both the economic impact of agriculture and the commitment of its ag partners.
Georgia Forestry Association Timothy Miller
The guest speaker for the luncheon was Timothy Miller who is the Advocacy and Membership Director at the Georgia Forestry Association. In this role Miller works to advance the mission of the organization as the primary advocate for Georgia’s working forest landowners, forest product manufacturers, and forest-based businesses. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources and a Masters of Forest Resources from the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.
In his speech Miller said Georgia is the number one forestry state in the nation. The forestry industry in Georgia has a $39 billion economic impact and is responsible for 140,000 jobs. Over 5,000 products in our daily lives comes from Georgia forestry products. There are currently 24 million timberland acres in Georgia of which 22 million privately owned which represents generations of investments in forest.
Environmentally, since the early 1950’s, Georgia has been increasing in forest coverage. Annually we have 48% more growth volume than harvesting. One acre of forest land provide carbon offsets for 66 miles driven by a vehicle and recharges 242,000 gallons of water.
Ag Partner of the Year
The Chamber and Morris Bank recognize the complexity of the challenges faced by ag retailers and growers. The ag partnerships of this community help mutual customers achieve excellent business outcomes. These partnerships provide the service necessary for profitable and sustainable farming.
Bulloch Counties Jon Marsh Anderson was recognized as the Ag Partner of the Year recipient. John Marsh comes from a family business that began their operation in 1963, decades before he was even born. Yet, he was raised with a passion to continue offering the best service in the industry, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Raybon and father, Mike. Jon Marsh is invested in our community, giving his time, and lending his expertise when he is called on. He is a great role model to the younger generations. He is professional, knowledgeable, dependable, and a true southern gentleman.
“I am definitely surprised, humbled and honored to receive this award,” said Jon Marsh. “I want to thank everyone who participated in the ag economy for everything you do daily for our community.”
“I want to congratulate Jon Marsh Anderson on his recognition,” said Jennifer Davis. “The Chamber thanks you for all that you have done and will continue to do for your hometown.”
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Chamber CEO recognizes event supporters
Jennifer Davis, President/CEO of the Statesboro Bulloch Chamber said that it is an honor serving this community as a champion and advocate for business. Davis acknowledged the individuals who have made this event possible including the chamber staff Mandy Broadwell and Landon Haralson.
She also recognized and thanked the her board of directors and the sponsors which included Morris Bank, Bulloch Fertilizer, Dabbs, Hickman, Hill & Cannon, Shoemaker Equipment Supply, Bulloch County Farm Bureau, Heritage Bank and Tidewater Equipment Company who invest in the business community and in agriculture.
One of the most impactful tasks a Chamber is expected to accomplish is partnering with community stakeholders. Partnerships though, are a two-way street. The Bulloch County Recreation & Parks under the leadership of County Manager, Tom Couch and Recreation and Parks Director, Eddie Canon and Ag Complex Manager, Billy Springer have been gracious and dedicated partners for this event year after year. They provide the space, supply the tables, chairs, and staging, spending hours making sure every detail is covered. Partnerships such as this between the Chamber and the County deserve recognition and celebration.