(Photos) The 2014 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmers of the Year

(Photos) The 2014 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmers of the Year

Combined, the state winners of the 2014 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year program have 350 years of farming experience, with scores of farming generations before them to boot. From one of the largest growers in his state to a Vietnam veteran, from a meticulous record keeper to one who can trace his farming heritage directly back to 1786 to even a ‘city’ boy, their backgrounds and farming operations vary across the board.

They all have one thing in common: each is a top producer in his state and on top of his game. Judges will be visiting each farmer in August to pick which one will get tapped as the top Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year, but neither the farmers nor the general public will know until it is announced at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga., Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Take look at this year’s Sunbelt Expo/Swisher Sweet Southeastern Farmer of the Year state winners.

(Information and photos courtesy of John Leidner.)