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."
Calhoun County Students Attend Youth Leadership Conference
Calhoun County students Taylor Davis and Dylan Strickland attended the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Youth Leadership Conference at the 4-H Center in Columbiana Oct. 2-3. The Calhoun County Farmers Federation sponsored Davis and Strickland at the conference, where 46 ninth-10th grade students learned about social media etiquette, servant leadership, politics and agricultural misconceptions. Davis and Strickland are 10th-graders at Alexandria High School and live in Alexandria. From left are Davis and Strickland.
Talkin' Up Ag During The Calhoun County Fair
Calhoun County Farmers Federation shared the story of agriculture through the Grocery Giveaway at Fallfest 2017 in McLellan Sept. 16.
Left photo: Linda Loveless of the Women's Committee hared the news that everything consumers spend at the grocery store is not for food, but for packaging and services, too. Right, top photo: Linda Loveless & Linda Findley of the Women's Committee dispalyed their commodity and ag wheel to share information concerning Alabama's 17 commodities. Prizes were related to agriculture. Right, bottom photo: Young Farmers manned the Ag in Action trailer attraction during the fair.
Calhoun County Farmers Federation Awards $1,000 Scholarships To Four Local Students
Four Calhoun County college students were recognized as scholarship recipients during the Calhoun County Farmers Federation annual meeting Aug. 10 at the organization's building in Jacksonville. Each received $1,000 to further their education. Rachel Hollingsworth is a White Plains High School graduate studying pre-veterinary medicine at Auburn University (AU). Tyler Lusk of Piedmont is a junior at AU, also studying pre-veterinary medicine. Austin and Colby Smith of Alexandria are both studying diesel technology at Gadsden State Community College.
Calhoun County Student Receives $1,750 Agriculture Foundation Scholarship
Auburn University student and scholarship recipient Korie Burgess was recognized during the Alabama Farmers Federation 2017 Scholarship Recipients Luncheon Aug. 19 at the Ham Wilson Arena in Auburn. Burgess studies pre-agriscience education.The $1,750 scholarship was funded by the Calhoun County Farmers Federation and the Federation’s Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Burgess and Federation Central Area Vice President Dean Wysner.
Members of various county Farmers Federations toured Children's of Alabama Aug. 5 during the Alabama Farmers Federation's annual Commodity Producers Conference in Birmingham. Children's, the chosen philanthropy project for the event, received a check for $120,000, which included donations from county Farmers Federations.
Calhoun County Farmers Federation Members Show They Care With Donation To Children's of Alabama
No one wants to see their child laying in a hospital bed. When this unfortunate circumstance becomes a reality, many Calhoun County residents choose Children's of Alabama in Birmingham.
To show support and care for children and families who find themselves at the country's third-largest pediatric hospital, the Calhoun County Farmers Federation donated $500 to Children's of Alabama.
In 2016 alone, Children's of Alabama logged 8,027 medical visits by pediatric patients from Calhoun County. In total last year, there were 676,484 patient visits to the hospital's clinics with 15,784 patient admissions.
The fundraising effort was part of the Alabama Farmers Federation's Commodity Producers Conference, which took place in Birmingham Aug. 3-5. Donations were collected from county Federations across the state, from Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa Insurance employees and during the Alabama Farm Expo Aug. 5. At the closing banquet, the Federation presented Children’s of Alabama with a check for $120,000.
Children's of Alabama is the state's only free-standing pediatric hospital. It includes the pediatric teaching hospital for the School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the state's only pediatric kidney dialysis program, one of the Southeast's largest burn units and one of the nation's only pediatric rheumatology programs.
Calhoun Couny Educators Attend Alabama Ag In The Classroom Summer Institute
Kindergarten through sixth-grade teachers and other educators from around the state learned more about Alabama's largest industry while attending the Alabama Agriculture In The Classroom Summer Institute. Held in Tuscaloosa May 31-June 2, the institute included farm tours, workshops, seminars and a farmer discussion panel. Attendees from Calhoun County are pictured with Hale County catfish farmer Wallace Drury. Drury, center, is shown with Alexandria Elementary’s Martha Hill, left, and Julia Howell, right.
Federation President Stops In Jacksonville To Visit Calhoun, Cherokee County Farmers
Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell met with farmers from Calhoun and Cherokee counties, including the county Farmers Federations, Women's Leadership Committees and Young Farmers. The March 30 meeting included a meal and a talk given by Parnell at the Calhoun County Farmers Federation building in Jacksonville.
Top left photo: From left are Federation Central Area Vice President Dean Wysner, Cherokee County Farmers Federation President John Bert East, Parnell, Calhoun County Farmers Federation President Wendell Wilson, Federation District 3 Director Phillip Thompson of Jackson County and Federation District 6 Director Dell Hill of Talladega County.
Calhoun County Women's Leadership Committee Hosts Awards Program
Matthew Durdin, Federation State Senate Legislative Programs Director, was in Calhoun County tonight at the monthly meeting for the Directors, Women's Leadership Committee & Young Farmers Committee giving an update for the upcoming legislative session.
This meeting was part of the awards program for the Women's Leadership Committee. Durdin is pictured with members of the committee.