War­ren named ‘Note­wor­thy Farmer’

Fam­ily has been farm­ing for 400 years

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — When he was lit­tle, Downes War­ren’s fa­ther told him, “You’ll have plenty of time to spend on those trac­tors, but not now” War­ren’s fa­ther must have known what lay ahead be­cause War­ren has been farm­ing since 1980. On Wed­nes­day evening, Aug. 10, War­ren was rec­og­nized as a Note­wor­thy Farmer of Queen Anne’s County at the an­nual Queen Anne’s County 4-H Fair.

The War­ren fam­ily has a more than 400-year tra­di­tion of farm­ing. War­ren was named Downes af­ter his pa­ter­nal grand­mother’s maiden name. The Downes side of the fam­ily es­tab­lished them­selves in In­gle­side in the 1800s. The War­ren side of the fam­ily set­tled in Fel­ton, Del., in the 1600s.

War­ren said he was sur­prised to be rec­og­nized, but fondly re­called and cred­ited his fa­ther with in­struct­ing him in the ways of farm­ing and life. His par­ents were ver y giv­ing, said War­ren, and his fa­ther would say, “Chil­dren should be chil­dren; you’ll have plenty of time to work in your life.” War­ren’s mother and fa­ther en­cour­aged his love of read­ing and learn­ing — some­thing War­ren in­stilled in his own chil­dren; his daugh­ter Emily is in her first year of col­lege and study­ing agri­cul­ture.

His fa­ther also taught him to “sur­round your­self with good peo­ple and don’t worry about what peo­ple think of you, you know the truth.”

War­ren said, his fa­ther also helped him adapt his farm­ing prac­tices. “Till less, ir­ri­gate more,” be­came their new motto.

“Farm­ing is a chal­lenge, the weather, crop prices and mar­ket­ing can all be in your fa­vor and most of time not in your fa­vor,” War­ren said. War­ren has 14 ir­ri­ga­tion piv­ots in op­er­a­tion presently.

War­ren re­ceived ac­co­lades from the Md. Lt. Gov. Boyd Ruther­ford on be­half of the gov­er­nor’s of­fice. Ruther­ford is no stranger to farm­ing; he served un­der Pres­i­dent Bush as As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary for Ad­min­is­tra­tion to the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture.

“We thank you and ap­pre­ci­ate what you do,” said Ruther­ford. “Farm­ers are pre­servers of land.”

War­ren also re­ceived con­grat­u­la­tions and recog­ni­tion from Mary­land Sec­re­tary of Agri­cul­ture Joseph Barten­felder, who also un­der­lined the im­por­tance of agri­cul­ture as a cor­ner­stone of Mary­land’s foun­da­tion.

Denise Love­lady pre­sented on be­half of Con­gress­man Andy Har­ris, R-1st, and as did Del. Jay Ja­cobs, R-36-Kent, for Md. Sen. Steve Her­shey, R-36, who of­fered his sin­cere con­grat­u­la­tions and thanks.

“It is an honor and priv­i­lege to rec­og­nized your ef­forts,” said Del. Steve Arentz, R-36-QA, on be­half of the Mary­land Gen­eral Assem­bly, Ja­cobs and Del­e­gate Jeff Ghrist, R-36_ Caro­line.

“I wish you many great years of farm­ing ahead,” Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sioner Jim Mo­ran told War­ren.

War­ren was joined by his daugh­ter Emily, son Downes III and sis­ter Janie. When no­ti­fied that he would be ac­cept­ing this award, War­ren was adamant that he give credit to his friends and neigh­bors who helped him in his suc­cess.

War­ren said he takes no­tice of the up and com­ing young farm­ers around him and he hopes they will carry on the tra­di­tion of hon­est, hard work­ing stewards of the land.

PHOTO BY HAN­NAH COMBS

From left, Mary­land Sec­re­tary of Agri­cul­ture Joe Barten­felder; Del. Jay Ja­cobs, Downes War­ren III; Emily War­ren, Del. Steve Arentz, Queen Anne’s County Note­wor­thy Farmer Downes War­ren, Denise Love­lady, Com­mis­sioner Jim Mo­ran and Lt. Gov. Boyd Ruther­ford.

Del. Steve Arentz con­grat­u­lates Queen Anne’s County Note­wor­thy Farmer of 2016, Downes War­ren. From left, Del. Steve Arentz, Downes War­ren III, Downes War­ren, Emily War­ren.

PHO­TOS BY HAN­NAH COMBS

Lt. Gov. Boyd Ruther­ford speaks Wed­nes­day, Aug. 10 at the Queen Anne’s County Fair.

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