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Agricultural News for Farmers and Agribusiness in SW Georgia

Ag Person of the Year 2015

Posted by romeethredge on January 28, 2016

Here is the announcement of this year’s Ag Person by Jeff Braswell.

“It is an honor and privilege to stand before you today to present the “AG Person of the Year Award”. Our recipient has been in the business of providing financial assistance to farmers for over 40 years.  She has served the agricultural community here and in neighboring counties along with counties in both Alabama and Florida. This year’s honoree has had the opportunity to provide loans to generations of farmers, cattlemen and others in agricultural related businesses. I myself am the third generation, of farmers from my family, to have the opportunity to do business with her.
She began her career as an AG Lender in 1975 with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. There she had the opportunity to provide loans to many first-time farmers. She also made operating loans, farm ownership loans, soil and water loans, and rural housing loans low for income rural families. Many first time rural home buyers were assisted by this program. While employed in this capacity she served as the FHA’s Assistant County Supervisor, County Supervisor, and EEO Chairperson for Georgia. During her tenure with the USDA she was named County Supervisor of the Year, and she testified before the Senate AG Committee in Washington concerning Emergency Loan Assistance for GA farmers.
Our recipient was later employed with First Federal Savings Bank of Southwest GA where she served as Executive Vice President.  There she continued to make loans to those employed in agriculture.  Some of those loans were made through the USDA Guaranteed Loan Program. Today’s Honoree made the first USDA Guaranteed Housing Loan in the state of Georgia while employed there. She had the opportunity to provide training to other lenders, regarding the Guaranteed Loan Program, at seminars in Washington D.C.FullSizeRender
The Honoree’s most recent employment is with People’s South Bank there she’s made those same loans to farmers in the states of Georgia, Florida and Alabama, as City President at several of the bank’s branches.  Her dedication to her job and the love for agriculture has earned her the trust and respect of many farmers in this community. Several of them loved and respected her so much that no matter where she worked, even if in another state they did their business with her, my Dad was one of them.
Our award winner has served on numerous boards including the Albany Area Community Service Board, the Seminole County Chamber of Commerce, the Ashford Chamber of Commerce and is a past member of the Donalsonville Lion’s Club.  This year’s honoree is a dedicated supporter of and all area livestock functions, the 4-H and the FFA, where she received the Honorary Member Award. She is an active member of Flat Creek Baptist Church and serves on the Benevolence Committee there.
Our Recipient has recently retired, but continues to work part-time with People’s South and enjoys raising cattle with her husband and son on their farm located just over the line in Miller County. She is married to Carlton Thomas; they have two sons Cory-Holly Thomas, Kyle-Amy Thomas along with four grandchildren. Please join me in congratulating this year’s AG Person of the Year, a great friend to agriculture for many years and a second mother to me, I can say that because she calls me son, Mrs. Dianne Thomas.”

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