The Chester County Commissioners and Chester County Agricultural Development Council have presented the 2022 Chester County Farmer of the Year award to Jamie Hicks of Kennett Square, according to a staff report from The Daily Local News.
Hicks is the owner-operator of Hicks IV, a crop farming business on more than 5,000 leased acres in Chester County and the region. He also farms land for Longwood Gardens and other high-profile organizations and land trusts. His customers include everyone from equestrians who own a few horses to large-scale dairies.
Hicks is recognized in the agriculture community for his sustainable farming practices and innovative partnerships with various research institutions, including Stroud Water Research.
“Jamie Hicks is a leader in Chester County’s agriculture industry in every sense,” said Commissioner Josh Maxwell. “His business is a great example of how successful farming and environmental stewardship go hand-in-hand.”
Meanwhile, the Duncan Allison Award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture was awarded to the Baily family of Baily’s Dairy of Pocopson Meadow Farm in West Chester for positively promoting local agriculture and serving as community ambassadors on the behalf of the industry.
Read more about the awards in The Daily Local News.