Georgia grower named Sunbelt Expo farmer of the yearSouth Georgia grower Philip Grimes was named the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year, Oct. 14, at te Sunbelt Expo in Moultrie.

The Tifton resident credits University of Georgia Extension for his success in the field and for the award, according to a news release.

"It's a very humbling experience," Grimes said in the release. "Extension is very important to what we do as far as making decisions based on what they're telling us."

He was nominated by former University of Georgia Extension agent Brian Tankersley.

Grimes farms 2,210 acres of peanuts, cotton, cantaloupe, broccoli, snap beans and corn.

Although the largest acreage is devoted to cotton, he also operates Docia Farms and a state-of-the-art cantaloupe packing shed.

As part of the award, Grimes wins $15,000 in cash and use of a Massey Ferguson tractor for a year from Massey Ferguson North America.

The award involves growers from 10 Southeastern States.