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The 2015 North Carolina Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year

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Across the state thousands of North Carolina school children are marching back to school – wonder how many ponder skipping class to stay home and work hard on the farm? Milo Lewis-Ferrell, area organization director with North Carolina Farm Bureau, says Danny Kornegay of Princeton, NC did, “he has a passion for it. As a child, he would skip school to come back to help on the farm.”

All joking aside, Lewis-Ferrell was so inspired by Kornegay’s contribution to North Carolina Agriculture she nominated him, and he was subsequently selected as the 2015 North Carolina winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award. All you have to do is read through his work and lifetime contribution to NC farming and it’s easy to see why – this fourth generation farmer has seen success in his 45 years of farming and he clearly ascribes to the “what you get makes a living – what you give back makes a life” mentality.

Of his life’s work Danny Kornegay says, “Our goal is to help feed and clothe the world, to be efficient, profitable and good stewards of the land. I love farming, and I’ve been blessed with my family. We have been blessed by God, and we are teaching the next generation that we are not self-made successes. We have tried to use our success to help and bless others.”NC15FOYpic

The farming recognition list is long for the Kornegays – they’ve been recognized as Farm Family of the Year in Johnston County, Farm Family of the Year by the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina and River Friendly Farmers. Danny served on the N.C. Sweet Potato Commission board and received the Exemplary Service Award from this organization. He’s a member of Goodness Grows NC, as well as the U.S Chamber of Commerce and the American Sweet Potato Marketing Institute.

We certainly hope when October 20th rolls around the Kornegays find themselves accepting the overall 2015 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award at the Sunbelt Ag Expo Farm Show in Moultrie, GA – regardless of the outcome – North Carolina can be proud of this farm family.

 

 

For more information on the award: Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year

 

 

JwoodJennifer is a North Carolina native, a mother, the daughter of a farmer and a professional writer focusing on North Carolina culture, travel, art, food, agriculture and farm life. She is a strong believer that kindness is a boomerang exercise – you should help build others up whenever you can.

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