Touring sweet potato land

Touring sweet potato country in Vardaman were, from left, Field Representative Kelli Russell, ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl, ARC Mississippi Director Mike Armour, ARC Chief of Staff Guy Land, Senator Russell Jolly, Calhoun County Economic Development Director Sheila Freely, Vardaamn Mayor James M. Casey, sweet potato producer and packager Tim Edmondson, Representative Preston Sullivan and Mississippi Sweet Potato Growers Association President Benny Graves. (Courtesy Photo)

Touring sweet potato country in Vardaman were, from left, Field Representative Kelli Russell, ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl, ARC Mississippi Director Mike Armour, ARC Chief of Staff Guy Land, Senator Russell Jolly, Calhoun County Economic Development Director Sheila Freely, Vardaamn Mayor James M. Casey, sweet potato producer and packager Tim Edmondson, Representative Preston Sullivan and Mississippi Sweet Potato Growers Association President Benny Graves. (Courtesy Photo)

VARDAMAN – Folks in Calhoun County had guests last week and they toured the area for the sweetest treats around – sweet potatoes.
Sheila Freely, Director of the Calhoun County Economic Development Association, along with sweet potato growers, packers and shippers, welcomed members of the Appalachian Region Commission from Tupelo and Washington, D.C. and spent the day showing off Calhoun County’s most famous product.
The tour began at Sweet Potato Sweets in Vardaman and included a packing facility and site visits at local farms, concluding with a trip to the Bruce Farmer’s Market.
“We had a great county tour, including stops in Vardaman, Calhoun City and Bruce,” Freely said. “It was reported the ARC folks were impressed with our area and our potential for creating jobs.”
Freely said the visit was prompted by a desire by ARC representatives to promote local food consumption as well as new economic and employment opportunities.
ARC Federal Co-Chair, Earl Gohl, said the commission was in the business of, “growing jobs.”

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