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Ferrant, Gladhills collect accolades from Frederick Fair
By CARYL VELISEK
FREDERICK, Md. (Oct. 7, 2014) — At its annual agribusiness luncheon, the Great Frederick Fair honored Jim Ferrant and Gladhill Tractor with awards.
Ferrant, a retired agriculture teacher and school administrator, received the Agricultural Advocate Award at a luncheon held at the 2014 Great Frederick Fair.
Born and raised in Adelphi, Md., Ferrant didn’t grow up in agriculture, but said he got a first-hand look at agriculture on a visit to his uncle’s family farm in Michigan.
He graduated from High Point High School in Prince George’s County, where he said his horticulture teacher had a major influence on the path his career would take.
Ferrant attended the University of Maryland where he received undergraduate and graduate degrees in agriculture education.
He became an agriculture teacher at Linganore High School in New Market, Md., where he taught for 12 years.
During that time, his FFA students won many local, state and national awards.
Ferrant has also received the Outstanding Maryland Ag Teacher Award, the American FFA Degree and the Maryland FFA Blue & Gold Award.
In 1989, Ferrant moved to the Maryland State Department of Education, where he was the organization specialist for the FFA and the FHA.
He has also served as career and technology career connections coordinator, and finally as lead coordinator for career and technology education in Maryland.
He has also been a director for Career and Technology Education in Montgomery County, Md.
Ferrant moved “back home” to Frederick County Public Schools in 2005, where he served as a curriculum specialist until his retirement in 2009.
Gladhill Tractor received the Frederick Agricultural Business Award.
The equipment business began with a dealership in Damascus, Md., in Montgomery County in 1937 when Upton Gladhill and Bernard “Buck” Gladhill opened a John Deere dealership there.
They named their enterprise, “Gladhill Brothers” and managed it through World War II and the post-war economic boom.
In 1961, the brothers saw a need for farm equipment in the growing city of Frederick, and the Gladhill Tractor Mart had its grand opening in January of 1962 just down Patrick Street from the Great Frederick Fairgrounds.
In early 1970, Upton’s and Buck’s sons were given managerial control and ownership of both the Damascus and Frederick locations.
A new building was built in Frederick in 1979, to provide larger sales, parts and service departments for a growing customer base.
In 1994, Gladhill Brothers in Damascus, moved from Lewis drive to a new building on Ridge Road, and in the summer of 2005, Gladhill Tractor moved to Mt. Zion Road just south of Frederick city.
Currently, the second and third generations of the Gladhill family employed at both locations.