Mary K. George, Catawba County Assistant Planning Director, has been named Outstanding Contributor To Agriculture in Catawba County for 2012. The award, which is presently annually by the Hickory Kiwanis Club as a part of Farm-City Week activities, was presented to George during the annual Farm-City Week banquet in Newton on Nov. 20, 2012.
“I am very honored to receive this high award from the agricultural community” George said. “I began my career in Wisconsin working for a Soil & Water Conservation District so preserving farmland has definitely been a deep interest of mine.”
George was recognized for a broad range of activities that have led to the preservation of open space and farmland, the creation of the Voluntary Agricultural District program to provide owners of agricultural land with opportunities to promote their work, an annual tour of agricultural businesses in the county, and more.
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