Calhoun Countians Elected To Serve On Stat Commodity Commitees
Calhoun County’s Amy Hegeman was elected Alabama Farmers Federation State Equine Committee chair during the 2019 Commodity Organization Meeting in Montgomery Feb. 6. From left Federation Commodity Director Brian Hardin and Hegeman.
Calhoun County’s Daniel Trantham was re-elected to a three-year term on the Alabama Farmers Federation State Soybean Committee during the 2019 Commodity Organization Meeting in Montgomery Feb. 5. From left are Federation Soybean Division Director Carla Hornady and Trantham.
Calhoun County’s Jon Hegeman was elected to the Alabama Farmers Federation State Greenhouse, Nursery & Sod (GNS) Committee during the 2019 Commodity Organization Meeting in Montgomery Feb. 7. He also was elected to serve as chair of the committee. From left are Federation GNS Division Director Hunter McBrayer and Hegeman.
Spreading Christmas Cheer
The Calhoun County Farmers Federation had its annual Christmas party Dec. 13. The Women’s Leadership Committee collected supplies for the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham.
Calhoun County Farmers Federation Earns 2018 Award of Excellence
The Calhoun County Farmers Federation received the Award for Excellence Dec. 3. during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 97th Annual Meeting in Montgomery. To earn the distinction, counties must score at least 80 points out of 100 on the award application, which covers involvement in agricultural programs, governmental affairs, county Women’s Leadership and Young Farmers committees.
Calhoun County Farmers Federation outgoing President Wendell Wilson, right, accepted the award from Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell.
Outgoing, New Calhoun County Farmers Federation Presidents Recognized
New Calhoun County Farmers Federation President Doug Trantham and outgoing President Wendell Wilson were recognized during the Presidents Luncheon at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 97th Annual Meeting Dec. 3 in Montgomery. Wilson, center, received a plaque for his five years of service, and Trantham, right, received a pin to commemorate his election. The two are pictured with Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell.
Oustanding Young Farmers Committees Receive Recognition
County Young Farmers committees received Awards of Excellence during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 97th annual meeting in Montgomery Dec. 2. They were honored for agricultural promotion, outreach and education efforts in 2018.
From left are representatives from Colbert, Lee, Calhoun, DeKalb, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa and Limestone counties. Etowah, Houston and St. Clair counties also received Awards of Excellence.
Celebrating 200 Years Of Alabama Agriculture With Calhoun County Farm-City
The Calhoun County Farmers Federation Women’s Leadership Committee held its Farm-City Banquet celebrating 200 Years of Alabama Agriculture Nov. 13. Harris and Josephine Smith of Collins Farm in Ohatchee, pictured in the center above, were awarded the Alabama Century & Heritage Farm designation by the Department of Agriculture & Industries.
Local Farm-City contest winners were also recognized during the event.
From left are contest winners Courtney Roberts, 9th grade, essay; Sarah Sloughfy, 6th grade, poster; and Rachel Sloughfy, 2nd grade, poster.
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.