Cherokee County Couple Earns Bill Moody Award For Forest Management, Education
B.J. and Jan Johnson of Cherokee County received the Bill Moody Award during the Alabama Landowners Conference Awards Program Oct. 15 at the Marriott Prattville Hotel and Conference Center. This award recognizes individuals who are committed to multiple-use forest management and helping others understand and appreciate the benefits forests provide to landowners and society. The couple received a Joel Kelley framed print which depicts the heart of the Alabama TREASURE Forest Association (ATFA).
They are pictured with ATFA Director William Green, left.
The inaugural Alabama Landowners Conference was presented by the Alabama Natural Resources Council, the Alabama Tree Farm Committee and ATFA.
Cherokee County Students Participate In Alfa Youth Leadership Conference
Cherokee County students Bryan East, Matt McMichen, Lohen Grimes and Jackson Rogers sharpened leadership skills during the Alfa Youth Leadership Conference at the 4-H Center in Columbiana Oct. 8-9. East attends Sand Rock School, McMichen and Grimes are students at Cherokee County High School, and Rogers attends Spring Garden High School. They were sponsored by the Cherokee County Farmers Federation. From left are the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Mike Tidwell, East, McMichen, Grimes and Rogers.
Lumsden Competes In Annual State Heritage Cooking Contest
Shirley Lumsden of Cherokee County entered her recipe for White Cheddar and Bacon Dip 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.
White Cheddar and Bacon Dip
1 cup Vermont white cheddar cheese, shredded
1 ½ cup cheddar jack cheese (or your choice),
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
8 slices bacon
2 Tbsp. green onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. jalapeno peppers, diced (optional)
1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
Red pepper jelly (optional)
1 round loaf of bread, hollowed out for serving (optional)
Directions: Cook bacon on stove top, once cooked, place bacon on paper towel-lined plate to drain. Once cooled, chop bacon into small pieces. Reserve 1/3 of the bacon pieces for topping. Mix white cheddar, cream cheese, sour cream, green onions and 2/3 of crumbled bacon. Then place in an oven safe casserole dish. Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 15 minutes or until heated through and edges start to bubble. You can also do this on your grill by placing the over safe dish directly on the grill over medium high heat. If cooking over grill, make sure to give the dip a stir every 2 minutes or so to evenly melt all the cheeses. Once the cheese in the dip is fully melted and the dip begins to bubble, remove and (transfer to bread bowl, optional) top with remaining bacon and cheddar jack cheeses. Finish with fresh parsley and red pepper jelly drizzle if desired. Serve with your favorite crackers or flatbread.
Spreading The Message Of Agriculture To Local High School Students
Cherokee County Farmers Federation Reporter Randy Jones, far left, is pictured with Brittany Hill — adviser for agriculture, food, natural resources and FFA at Cedar Bluff High School — and her students. Jones talked with these students about jobs in agriculture and farm safety.
Cherokee County Farmers Federation Board Member Barry Bailey joined Jones as the two spoke to the Spring Garden High School FFA 10th- thru 12th-grade students about jobs in agriculture and farm safety. From left are agriscience teacher Andrew Miller; FFA officers Lucas Garrison and Danielle Triplett; and Jones. Around 30 students were present.
County Young Farmers Attend District Meeting
Cherokee County Young Farmers were part of a group of 90 Young Farmers members who gathered for dinner at a district meeting at Top of the River March 13. Alabama Farm Credit sponsored the meal. The event included talks from State Young Farmers Chaimran Ben Maples, Alfa Insurance Farm Services Specialist Shane Wootten, Alabama Farmers Federation Governmental and Agricultural Programs Department Director Brian Hardin and Will Ainsworth, candidate for Alabama lieutenant governor.
Local Farmers Recognized During Commodity Organizaitonal Meeting
Cherokee County's Robert Earl Acker was recognized for serving the maximum nine years on the Alabama Farmers Federation State Soybean Committee during the 2018 Commodity Organizational Meeting in Montgomery Feb. 6. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Acker and Federation Soybean Division Director Carla Hornady.
Matt McMichen was presented $10,000 from the Alabama Soybean Producers for winning the 100-Bushel Soybean Challenge Feb. 6. McMichen, whose family farms in Cherokee County, set an official state record when harvest broke the 100-bushel-per-acre yield mark at 102.1530 bushels per acre on portions of the field. From left are the Alabama Farmers Federation Soybean Division Director Carla Hornady; Mindy McMichen; Tyler Bruce; Freida, Matt and Nick McMichen; and Alabama Soybean Producers Chair Colt Clemmons.
Classroom in the Forest featured on "Simply Southern TV" in season 2.