Findley Competes In Annual State Heritage Cooking Contest
Linda Findley of Calhoun County entered her recipe for Bacon Wrapped Date Surprises in the 2018 Heritage Cooking Contest. The annual contest is sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation Women's Leadership Division and highlights a specific commodity. For 2018, pork was the highlighted commodity.
Bacon Wrapped Date Surprises
1 lb. pork bacon, sliced in half
1 (8 oz.) package of pitted dates
1 (5.5 oz.) package of salted and roasted almonds
4 oz. cream cheese
Need: 32 toothpicks and a 9x13 inch baking sheet
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice bacon pieces in half. Split 32 pitted dates and spread open. Stuff each date with 2 almonds and spread with ½ tsp. cream cheese. Wrap each stuffed date with ½ slice of bacon, securing with toothpick. Bake in 375 degree oven for 25 minutes, or until bacon is crispy, turning halfway through cooking. Drain and serve. Remove toothpicks for serving. Makes approximately 32 appetizers.
Gann Competes In Annual Young Farmers Discussion Meet Contest
Jennifer Gann of Wellington in Calhoun County was one of 15 competitors in the 2018 Young Farmers Discussion Meet contest at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 46th Commodity Producers Conference in Montgomery Aug. 4. Discussion Meet simulates a committee meeting where contestants examine and problem-solve pressing agricultural issues. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell and Gann.
Local Farmers Elected To Serve On State Commodity Committees
Calhoun County's Justin Hill was elected vice chair of the Alabama Farmers Federation State Bee & Honey Committee at the 2018 Commodity Organizational Meeting in Montgomery Feb. 6. He was also reelected to a three-year term. From left are Federation Bee & Honey Division Director Mac Higginbotham and Hill.
Calhoun County’s Charles Loveless was re-elected to the Alabama Farmers Federation State Meat Goat & Sheep Committee at the 2018 Commodity Organizational Meeting in Montgomery Feb. 7. From left are Federation Meat Goat & Sheep Division Director Nate Jaeger and Loveless.
The Calhoun County Farmers Federation's Women's Leadership Committee observed Farm-City week Nov. 14 with an evening banquet. Jeff Helms, director of Public Relations & Communications with Alabama Farmers Federation & Alfa Insurance, was the guest speaker. Former directors including the late Walter Ponder, Cloyce Hammonds and Marshall Prickett along with their families were recognized with resolutions and plaques. These three men, all former county presidents, served Calhoun County Farmers Federation for a total of 145 years.
Farm-City poster contest winners were announced, and FFA students were present with thank yous for support. Kiwanians, mayors, local business leaders, and farmers attend the banquet, which celebrated the Farm-City Week theme of "Agriculture - Food for Life."