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Pendergrass, GA (June 4, 2018) –Wayne Farms LLC, a long-time supporter of Jackson County agriculture, is supporting the new Jackson County Multi-Use Agricultural Facility with a $100,000 Platinum Sponsorship. Ron Rogers, Wayne Farms Pendergrass Complex Manager, said the company’s strong ties with local farmers and the Jackson County agricultural community made the decision to sponsor the facility an easy one.

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With literally hundreds of local farm partners and a major fresh processing facility located in the county, Rogers noted the depth of the relationship that Wayne Farms shares with the local community and its involvement in agriculture, business and civic affairs. “We’ve been a part of Jackson County for many years,” said Rogers, referring to the company’s nearly three decades of local operations. “We live here, we work here, we raise our families here—this is home,” Rogers explained. “We’re proud to play a role in making this new facility a reality, and look forward to the long-term educational and economic benefits that will come from it—and the positive impact on our local young people—who will take the reins someday and take this county into the future.”

The new facility will feature a center show ring, with the Wayne Farms logo emblazoned on the ring’s astroturf surface, along with a conference facility, educational classrooms, offices and state-of-the-art technology, equipment and furnishings. Marty Clark, chairman of the Fundraising Committee for the new facility, said Wayne Farms’ strong commitment to the community and the agriculture industry made it “a natural” for the premier Platinum sponsorship. Citing the company’s deep investment in local farm partnerships and as an employer providing nearly 1,000 jobs in the Pendergrass facility, Clark went on to note how important the new facility would be to Jackson County and to Wayne Farms in the future.
“This county’s future is tied to our agribusiness—and the key is building infrastructure and facilities like this to support that business economy and the quality of life benefits it will bring.” Clark, a Jackson County native who’s family has generations in the local poultry industry, said the facility will showcase all agriculture, and also provide a facility the community could use for education, special events, trade shows and to support local farm enterprises with farmer’s markets and other programs.

About Jackson County
Jackson County enjoys a strong agricultural economy, with nearly $300 million in local “farm gate value”, or farm products sold, each year. Although the large majority of that impact comes from poultry operations and farms, the county’s agricultural economy is diverse, ranging from traditional row crops and beef cattle operations to more novel agricultural businesses including aquaculture and Christmas tree farms. Area schools and educational programs are naturally geared to agriculture as well—more than 2,000 students are involved in 4H and Future Farmers of America, and many students have carved out impressive niches in their respective areas of interest, competing in more than 100 agriculture-related shows and events each year and earning themselves and their chapters national recognition in the process.

About Wayne Farms LLC
Wayne Farms LLC is the sixth-largest vertically integrated poultry producer in the U.S. with annual sales exceeding $2 billion. A subsidiary of Continental Grain Company, Wayne Farms owns and operates 11 fresh and further-processed facilities throughout the Southeast, produces more than 2.6 billion pounds of poultry products each year, and employs more than 9,000 individuals. Producing products under the brand names of WAYNE FARMS® fresh and prepared chicken; PLATINUM HARVEST® premium fresh chicken; CHEF’S CRAFT® gourmet chicken; and NAKED TRUTH® premium chicken, Wayne Farms has a well-known history of delivering exceptional poultry products to some of the largest industrial, institutional, and foodservice companies across America.