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Clark honored by Farm Bureau with Excellence in Leadership Award

Jackson – The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation presented its Excellence in Leadership Award to Sylvia Clark of Vardaman. Sylvia and her husband, Norman , raise 300 acres of sweet potatoes near Vardaman and Sylvia spends countless hours promoting the product.

“Sylvia has spent more than 30 years pushing sweet potatoes,” said Farm Bureau President David Waide. “Without her efforts, Vardaman sweet potatoes would still be one of the best kept secret in the south.”

Clark says her goal is to raise the public’s awareness of the uses for sweet potatoes.

“Sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest vegetables that you can eat,” said Clark . “If people would substitute sweet potatoes for some other vegetables in their diet, I believe they would a real increase in their health.”

Clark has been the women’s chairman for the Calhoun County Farm Bureau since 1991 and is involved in many other areas of Farm Bureau. She is on the Ag in the Classroom committee and has presented programs for the Ag in the Classroom Teacher Workshops held this past summer all over Mississippi . She is also a tireless worker at the Sweet Potato Festival held each November in Vardaman.

The Excellence in Leadership Award was established to recognize volunteer leaders of Farm Bureau who have made a significant contribution to Farm Bureau and agriculture in Mississippi . Their contributions have been performed as a result of unselfish effort to strengthen Farm Bureau and to enhance rural life in Mississippi .


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