Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) is pleased to announce that Michael H. McDowell, a member of the board of directors, has been selected as Southeastern Farmer of the Year for 2019 at the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo. The award recognizes excellence in agricultural production and farm management, along with leadership in farm and community organizations.
McDowell was eligible to be a candidate for this regional honor by being previously selected as 2019 Virginia Farmer of the Year. McDowell was chosen over nine other state winners who were finalists for the award. He was selected by three judges who visited his farm and the farms of the other state winners. This is the thirtieth year for the Southeastern Farmer of the Year award.
McDowell is the owner and operator of Locust Level Farm in Vernon Hill and is the fourth generation to practice stewardship on this land—designated a Virginia Century Farm. He has been a leader in various local, state, and national organizations for many years, was a founding member of the Southern Virginia Beef Alliance, as well as a founder and current director of the Halifax County Cattlemen’s Association. An ordained minister, he currently serves as pastor of County Line Baptist Church in Java. He is one of eleven directors for Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and has served on the board for over 30 years.
“The MEC board extends congratulations to Mike, his wife Wanda, and his entire family,” says MEC Chairman of the Board David Jones. “The McDowells take pride in their work and are very deserving of this honor. They have made so many advancements in the agricultural field and contribute greatly to their community.”
For more information on this award, Visit the Michael H. McDowell Named 2019 Virginia Farmer of The Year Article.