December 2, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jennifer Whittaker, (478) 405-3432, firstname.lastname@example.org
GEORGIA FARM BUREAU PRESENTS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD TO DR. JIM STRICKLAND
MACON, Ga. – Georgia Farm Bureau presented its Distinguished Service Award to Dr. James E. “Jim” Strickland of Tattnall County during the organization’s 75th annual convention being held on Jekyll Island. Strickland accepted the award during an awards program on Dec. 2.
This award is the highest honor Georgia Farm Bureau gives to a volunteer leader and is designed to recognize Farm Bureau leaders who have made an outstanding contribution to Farm Bureau and agriculture over a long period of time.
Strickland has made numerous contributions to Georgia’s livestock industry during his career as a large animal veterinarian. After graduating from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1961 he served in the Veterinary Corps of the United States Air Force. He practiced veterinary medicine in Thomaston and Glennville for more than 20 years before taking a position with the University of Georgia as an Extension Veterinarian for 15 years. During his time as a UGA Extension Veterinarian, Strickland worked to help cattle producers improve the overall health, genetics and nutrition of their herds. Strickland continues to do some large animal veterinary work in his semi-retirement.
Strickland has served on the Tattnall County Farm Bureau Board of Directors for more than 40 years and served as Tattnall County Farm Bureau president from October 1999 to September 2010. Strickland first served on the Georgia Farm Bureau Beef Committee in 1996 and has consecutively served on the committee since 1999. He served as vice chair of the committee for seven of the past 13 years. Strickland also served on the American Farm Bureau Federation Animal Health Committee from 2009 through 2011.
“Throughout his career, Dr. Strickland has been a devoted advocate for animal agriculture not only in Georgia, but on the national level, too,” Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said. “His volunteer work with Farm Bureau and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association has benefited cattle producers and consumers as he has been a strong spokesperson for the Beef Quality Assurance program and other food safety practices.”
Strickland is a member and past president of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and is a member and past president of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and has served on numerous AVMA committees. He also served as a member of the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Agro-Security Awareness Training Team.
“Dr. Strickland has touched many, many people over the course of his life,” Tattnall County Farm Bureau President David Jarriel wrote in his letter nominating Strickland for the award. “His jokes and sense of humor have put a smile on people’s faces and in their hearts. He and his wife, Norma, have dedicated their lives to agriculture and Farm Bureau.”
Strickland, an active member of his local community, is a member of the Glennville Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Tattnall Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club International. He is a dedicated member of the Glennville United Methodist Church and a long-time supporter of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the Tattnall County Cancer Association Relief Effort & Support Organization. For the past two years he has worked with a local event to raise money for the St. Jude’s Children Hospital of Memphis.
The Stricklands, who have been married more than 50 years, have worked together through the years in their veterinary practice and raising cattle. The couple has one daughter, Quinn, two sons, Jes and Monty and four grandchildren.
Georgia Farm Bureau is the largest general farm organization in the state and is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The organization has 158 county offices, and its volunteer members actively participate in local, district and state activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors. GFB also has 20 commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major commodities grown in Georgia.