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New Director Elected

Walton EMC customer-owners elected Jason Sidwell of Rutledge as the new director for the Rutledge-Bostwick-Apalachee district at the cooperative’s recent annual meeting.

Jason Sidwell portraitSidwell replaces retiring Director Warren Few who served 19 years on the board. Directors serve three-year terms. The Rutledge-Bostwick-Apalachee District covers the areas of Morgan County that lie within Walton EMC’s service area.

A Morgan County native, Sidwell grew up on a dairy farm and attended Morgan County High School. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a poultry science degree, he worked in sales for Purina Feeds. While attending UGA, Sidwell was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho agricultural fraternity.

After five years at Purina, Sidwell returned to the family farm where he worked for the next 15 years in partnership with his parents. “I’ve been involved in co-ops, like the Dairy Farmers of America, and I know the value of a well-run organization that benefits its members,” said Sidwell. “Walton EMC does about as good as any I know of.”

Sidwell now farms 1,000 acres and 250 head of commercial beef cattle, and he works in sales and service for Bug House Pest Control. He is married with two children.

Besides serving on the Farm Service Agency and cattleman’s association boards, Sidwell has been active in the Morgan County Farm Bureau, participated in the young farmer program of Dairy Farmers of America, and is a 2015 graduate of the Georgia Agrileaders Program. He also serves on the finance committee at Apalachee Baptist Church.

“I want to keep Walton EMC proactive,” said Sidwell. “We need to be ready for growth and industry and be ahead of the curve when it comes to supplying traditional and non-traditional energy, like solar.”