CALHOUN COUNTY STUDENT STUDYING AGRICULTURE RECEIVES COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP
Auburn University student and scholarship recipient John Gillam was recognized during the Alabama Farmers Federation 2016 Scholarship Recipients Luncheon Aug. 27 at the Ham Wilson Arena in Auburn. Gillam graduated from Jacksonville High School and studies pre-business and agricultural business and economics.The $1,750 scholarship was funded by the Calhoun County Farmers Federation and the Federation’s Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation. From left are State Board of Education Member Dr. Cynthia McCarty, Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Gillam and Federation Central Region Vice President Dean Wysner.
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS RECOGNIZED DURING COUNTY ANNUAL MEETING
The Annual Meeting for the Calhoun County Farmers Federation was held in Jacksonville Aug. 11. Two agricultural scholarships were given to Auburn University students, Tyler Lusk of Piedmont and Landon Johnson of Wellborn. Lusk is in Pre-Vet school and Johnson is majoring in Wildlife Ecology & Management.
CALHOUN COUNTY COOKING CONTEST
The Calhoun County Farmers Federation Women's Leadership Committee hosted it's annual cooking contest May 12. This year's category was sweet bread.
From left are Linda Loveless, 3rd place winner; Delle Bean, 1st place; Jamie Ginn, 2nd place; Linda Findley; Phyllis Johnson; and Doris Prickett.
Bean will represent Calhoun County at the Alabama Farmers Federation Heritage Cooking Contest in September in Montgomery.
DISTRICT 3 YOUNG FARMERS MEETING
Selwood Farm in Talladega County hosted the District 3 Young Farmers for a meeting June 2. Thirty-six people attended, including Alabama Farmers Federation District 6 Director Dell Hill. From left are Tallapoosa County Young Farmers member Clint Burgess, District 3 State Young Farmers Committee representative and Calhoun County Young Farmers Chairman Adam Wilson, Clay County Young Farmers member Paige Teague, Randolph County Young Farmers Chairman Ben Johnson and Talladega County Young Farmers Chairman Amy Stephens.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE PROVIDED AT JANUARY MEETING
The Calhoun County Farmers Federation welcomed Matthew Durdin of the Alabama Farmers Federation to the group's Jan. 14 meeting. Durdin is the Federation's State Senate Legislative Programs director and provided an update on the upcoming 2016 legislative session.
BRINGING CHRISTMAS CHEER TO RAINBOW OMEGA RESIDENTS
Several members of the Calhoun County Women's Leadership Committee visited Rainbow Omega in Eastaboga Dec. 11 and shared Christmas gifts with residents. Rainbow Omega is a faith-based non-profit that provides residential and vocational programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Committee member Linda Findley said it was a blessing to be able to make Christmas brighter for others.
FARM-CITY BANUQET FEATURES GUEST SPEAKER ABBIE KEEL
White Plains Elementary School teacher Abbie Keel spoke at the Calhoun County Women's Leadership Committee's annual Farm-City banquet Nov. 17. Keel is the 2015 Teacher of the Year for Alabama Ag in the Classroom and the State Young Farmers Excellence In Agriculture winner. She spoke about her love of agriculture, teaching students about farming and ecouraging students to promote agriculture in their homes. This year's Farm-City them is Agriculture: Sustaining Future Generations.
EXCELLENCE IN AG WINNER ADDRESSES CENTRE ROTARY CLUB
Abbie Keel, winner of the Alabama Farmers Federation's 2015 Excellence In Ag award, spoke to the Centre Rotary Club today during a lunch meeting. Keel talked about the importance of agriculture and discussed how she teaches her students at White Plains Elementary School about farming. She is also this year's Alabama Ag In the Classroom Teacher of the Year. Keel is pictured with Federation Area 3 Organization Director Kyle Hayes.