Local Spotlight: Grady County FSA Provides Rich Service to Producers
Grady County was established Jan. 1, 1906 and is situated in the lower coastal plain in southwest Georgia. The rolling terrain is highlighted by numerous small streams and rich soil. The favorable climate affords natural resources for one of the richest farming areas in the nation.
The Grady County FSA Office is located in. Cairo, Ga., and services nearly 1,600 farms and 900 producers. The office administers a variety of programs, such as the Direct and Counter Cyclical Program, Conservation Reserve Program, Price Support Program, Farm Loan Programs, Disaster Program, and Dairy Program. Planted acres for the major crops grown in the county were cotton (22,497 acres), corn (7467 acres) and peanuts (8563 acres). Based on data for crop year 2011, the office issued $4,619,372 in program payments to participants.
Notes of Interest
The county is home to the Lower Muscogee Creek Indian Tribe, the tribal Headquarters “TAMA” is located near Whigham.
“Mule Day” is held annually in Calvary, Ga. Calvary has a Mule Museum Building that honors the life of farmers in the days of 1850 or earlier, and the important role the Mule played in agriculture.
Holmes Maxwell, of Calvary, Ga. at the age of 100, is still living in the house where he was born and is still farming the land his family has owned for more than 100 years. He received the Georgia Centennial Family Farm Award, Oct. 7, 2011, at the Georgia National Fair.