South Carolina fruit and vegetable producer Robert “Bob” Martin Hall was named the Swisher/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year on Tuesday during the 43rd annual Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia.
Hall, from York, South Carolina, is in his 42nd year of farming. He produces strawberries, peaches, cantaloupes, melons, blackberries, blueberries, sweet corn, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, squash, tomatoes and peppers.
“This is a truly humbling experience,” Hall said as he accepted the award.
Hall was one of 10 state farmers of the year that were recognized. Others included: Thomas Ellis (Alabama); Jamie Anderson (Arkansas); Raymond “Rick” Roth Jr. (Florida); Samuel Lee Nunn (Georgia); Stephen J. Kelley (Kentucky); Joe Edmondson (Mississippi); James L. “Cookie” Lamb (North Carolina); Jay Yeargin (Tennessee); and Charles Edwin “CJ” Isbell Jr. (Virginia).