Ted Wynn ap­pre­ci­ated at lun­cheon

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A sur­prise ap­pre­ci­a­tion lunch was held for the lo­cal county ex­ten­sion agent, Ted Wynne, on Sun­day, June 7.

The lunch was sim­ply to show Wynne how much he is ap­pre­ci­ated in New­ton County. Mr. Wynne has been with the county for nine years. As a young boy, Ted was al­ways in­ter­ested in farm­ing. In fact, he had quite a lit­tle busi­ness. He had his own chick­ens and sold the eggs. He also had a small gar­den and sold veg­eta­bles. He grew up in Bleck­ley County, Ge­or­gia (Cochran) and at­tended Bethany Bap­tist Church. He is the son of Her­man and Iva­lene Wynne and he has one sis­ter named Robin. Ted is mar­ried to Mar­cia — they have three boys and a dog.

Ted re­ceived his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Agron­omy in 1989 from the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia where he was a mem­ber of the Al­pha Gamma Rho Fra­ter­nity. Shortly there­after, he be­gan his ca­reer with the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia Ex­ten­sion in Mitchell County and sub­se­quently worked in Ben Hill County, Twiggs County and now New­ton County dur­ing his 25 year ca­reer. Ted is an ad­junct speaker for the Lead­er­ship In­sti­tute of Ge­or­gia. He is a board mem­ber for the Pied­mont Cat­tle­man’s As­so­ci­a­tion and New­ton County Farm Bureau. He is also a mem­ber of the Ge­or­gia County Agent’s As­so­ci­a­tion.

Ted’s ca­reer be­gan with youth pro­grams. He first served pri­mar­ily as a 4-H Agent in both Mitchell and Ben Hill County. He has been in­volved with youth pro­grams to some ex­tent his en­tire ca­reer. He has con­ducted youth lead­er­ship pro­grams, as­sisted with live­stock pro­grams, such as heifer, lamb and pig shows, poul­try and land judg­ing teams, at­tended sum­mer 4-H camp, and pro­grams to help kids learn to speak pub­licly.

He loves to help the landown­ers and farm­ers as well. He has con­ducted many pro­grams that have helped to cer­tify par­tic­i­pants in many ar­eas; Serv Safe for restau­rant man­agers, pes­ti­cide train­ings for farm­ers and commercial land­scap­ers to name a few. He has as­sisted home­own­ers with prob­lems rang­ing from turf man­age­ment to bug iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and how to get rid of them. Ted has helped the farmer in many dif­fer­ent ar­eas also. For ex­am­ple, he has rec­om­mended crops that he thinks will be prof­itable, he as­sists with pes­ti­cide and her­bi­cide ap­pli­ca­tions and has even de­vel­oped feed­ing plans for live­stock to help re­duce cost. He has also helped in­stall sev­eral com­mu­nity gar­dens and teach gar­den­ing classes to the young and old alike. The list could go on and on.

The most im­por­tant thing to men­tion about all of this is Ted’s gen­uine de­sire to help all of the people he comes in con­tact with to suc­ceed. He makes it a pri­or­ity to re­turn each phone call and make a home visit if nec­es­sary and he does this with kind­ness and pa­tience, some­thing so rare in to­day’s so­ci­ety.

Out­side of his work, Ted loves to ex­plore nat­u­ral beauty. He loves to hike and visit state and na­tional parks with his fam­ily. He also likes to play golf and of course take care of his lawn and gar­den.

Ad­di­tion to the sur­prise lunch, Ted was pre­sented with a procla­ma­tion an­nounc­ing that June 7, 2013 is Ted Wynne Day in New­ton County. He was also pre­sented with his grand­fa­ther’s trac­tor that was re­stored by Lewis Banks. Many people and many do­na­tions pulled to­gether to make this a spe­cial day for Ted.

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