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Donald Turner named 2015 Virginia Farmer of the Year

Michael Parrish and Donald Turner

Dinwiddie County Unit Coordinator and Senior Virginia Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Mike Parrish (left) and Swisher Sunbelt Farmer of the Year Donald Turner in one of Turner’s tobacco fields (right).

Virginia Cooperative Extension has recognized Donald Turner of Turner Family Farms in North Dinwiddie, Virginia, as the 2015 Virginia Farmer of the Year. He joins nine other state winners as finalists for the overall award which will be announced on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Ag Expo farm show in Moultrie, Georgia.

Turner has farmed for 41 years and is currently a diversified row crop farmer. This past year, he farmed 1,166 acres of cropland plus another 165 acres in timber for a total of 1,331 acres.

He also produced about 4,000 bales of wheat straw last year.

“We bale enough straw to deliver what the market requires,” Turner said in an interview with Sunbelt Ag Expo.