With the average age of the US farmer being over the age of 65 years old, the need for farm succession planning is pertinent to ensure our next generation of US farm families. Youth education programming is also a secondary component to ensure the legacy of the family farm. In 2015 we hosted three(3) farmer workshops on retail market expansion and estate planning. Additionally, we hosted eight (8) youth ag workshops in South Carolina. We had over 150 workshop attendees.
Hon. J. Pearson F.A.R.M.S. Student Award
The F.A.R.M.S. Family Student Award is designated for students majoring in agricultural sciences who are first or second generation descendant of a farm family in the Southeast region. All recipients must display academic excellence and be classified as a junior or senior class man. Our 2014 award recipient was Mr. Samual Gibson and our 2015 recipient was Ms. Jhaelynn Elam. Our 2016 award recipient is Mr. Terry Vines, junior agricultural science major at Tuskegee University.
The Honorable Judge J. Richmond Pearson was born on January 10, 1930 in Birmingham, AL. In 1984, Judge Pearson was the first Black circuit court judge to be appointed to the bench in Jefferson County. As a young attorney, Pearson was among the group who represented Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights protesters jailed for violating rules against demonstrations. Judge Pearson's purpose in life was to improve the lives of the under-served, which is in alignment with FARMS mission provide assistance to farmers of color. FARMS thanks the Pearson family for their support and condolences for the recent passing of Judge Pearson.