Spring planting season

DUST FLIES in their field as some parish farms replant corn in March. Others are planting rice, soybeans and soybeans. 

Franklin Parish’s agricultural industry will take center stage Thursday night during the annual Farmer’s Appreciation Dinner hosted by the Winnsboro-Franklin Parish Chamber of Commerce at River of Life Church, La. Hwy. 15 south, in Winnsboro.

The program for the ticketed event starts at 6 p.m.

Farmers and their spouses who have made reservations to attend will be honored guests of the Chamber and are eligible for drawings for a number of door prizes to be given away during the evening.

Sponsored by Franklin Parish Farm Bureau and co-sponsored by Franklin Cotton Warehouse, Franklin State Bank, Helena Chemical Company and Street Insurance Agency, the event will feature a casual evening of music, door prizes and a Louisiana farm-raised catfish dinner with all the trimmings.

A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of monetary awards to farmers who brought in the first bale of cotton and first load of corn.

The honors for the first bale go to Jack Dailey of Boeuf Prairie Farm. The award for the first load of corn goes this year to Jerimie Reeves of Reeves Farm.

Music for the evening will be provided by the folk duo Back Porch featuring Gene Thompson and Jim Nelson.

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