County Commission Presents Farm-City Proclamation
The Cherokee County Commission presented a Farm-City Day Proclamation to Cherokee County Farmers Federation (CCFF) and Farm-City Committee members Aug. 14. From left are Probate Judge and Commission Chairman Kirk Day, District 1 Commissioner Randy Jones, District 2 Commissioner Kimball Parker, Farmers Federation Board Member James Grimes, Farmers Federation Women's Leadership Committee Chairman Charlotte Grimes, Farm-City Committee member Dewandee Neyman , CCFF President John Bert East, District 4 Commissioner Carlton Bubba Teague, District 3 Commissioner Marcie Foster, Cherokee County Extension Agent and Farm-City Committee member Landon Marks, Alabama Farmers Federation Area 3 organization Director Kyle Hayes, and CCFF Board Member and Farm-City committee member Barry Bailey.
Cherokee County Student Receives $1,750 Agriculture Foundation Scholarship
Auburn University student and scholarship recipient Matt Sewell was recognized during the Alabama Farmers Federation 2017 Scholarship Recipients Luncheon Aug. 19 at the Ham Wilson Arena in Auburn. Sewell studies agronomy and soils - soil, water and land use track.The $1,750 scholarship was funded by the Cherokee County Farmers Federation and the Federation’s Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Sewell, Cherokee County Farmers Federation President John Bert East and Federation State Board Member Phillip Thompson.
Cherokee County Farmers Federation Promotes Ag Tag With Local Probate Offices
Employees at the Cherokee County Probate Office showed their enthusiasm for agriculture and education when they received Ag Tag T-shirts recently. They look forward to wearing them on casual Friday in the office.
Motorists may purchase an Ag Tag at the local probate office for an additional $50 when renewing registration. Recently redesigned, the tag features a patriotic farm scene and displays the drivers’ commitment to supporting Alabama students and farmers.
“These tags are really nice,” said Cherokee County Probate Judge Kirk Day. “Agriculture remains the largest industry in Cherokee County and buying these tags will give our citizens the opportunity to show their pride and support for the industry.”
Funds raised through Ag Tag sales support education and promotion efforts including the annual Alabama Ag in the Classroom Summer Institute for teachers, Farm-City Week programs, college scholarships for students studying agriculture-related degrees, prizes for livestock show competitors and other youth agriculture programs.
“My family has been farming in Cherokee County for over 100 years,” said Cherokee County Farmers Federation President John East. “Agriculture is our livelihood and buying an ag tag for your vehicle is a great way to promote agriculture and show support for farmers.”
Find out more about the Ag Tag and the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation at www.AlabamaFarmersFoundation.org.
Above photo: From left are Cherokee County Farmers Federation President John East with Kristy Erwin, Renee Gossett, Panitha Malone, Rita Stover and Cherokee County Probate Judge Kirk Day.
Below: From left are Cherokee County Farmers Federation President John East with Tabitha Davis, Helen Dutton and Pamela Gilliland.
Cherokee County Women's Leadership Committee Crowns Top Cooks
Three local ladies recently took home honors in the Cherokee County Farmers Federaiton's Women's Leadership Committee's annual cookoff contests. Winners in the cheeseball category were, from left, Phyllis Jones, first place; Marily Williams, second place; and Shirley Lumsden, third place. In the pork category, Lumsden took top honors and Jones placed second.
Bailey Family Shows Serious Faith, Agriculture Committment Through Strumming, Singing, Farming
The Bailey family from Sand Rock in Cherokee County is serious about God & country. Members of the Bailey family have been involved in agriculture in several ways. Barry was an agriculture teacher; Barry’s wife, Jill, helped the family raise cattle and crops; and sons Wiley, Cliff, and James Paul all received degrees from Auburn University. Barry is on the Board of Directors of the Cherokee County Farmers Federation while Jill is on the group's Women’s Leadership Committee. Wiley is the Area Two Organization Director for the Alabama Farmers Federation. Cliff teaches special education at Fairview High School, and, James Paul raises cattle, poultry and finishing hogs. As I said the Baileys are serious about their relationship with God. The Bailey Family sings gospel music and Wiley is a minister. Cherokee County is proud of the Bailey Family.
Contributed by Randy Jones
ATFA Executive Director Visits Local TREASURE Forest Owner
Alabama TREASURE Forest Assoication (ATFA) President BJ Johnson and ATFA Executive Director William Green talked timber June 6 at Johnson's Cherokee County TREASURE Forest.
Going Hog Wild For Project Pig Squeal
The Northeast Alabama 4-H Pig Squeal Project livestock show and auction was April 29 in Sand Rock. The project, where participants raised two hogs, lasted 105 days.
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.
County Young Farmers Attend District 2 Meeting
Seventy-three young farmers attended the District 2 Young Farmers Meeting Feb. 21 at Wintzell's Restaurant in Guntersville. State Young Farmers Chairman Jerry Allen Newby of Limestone County was the guest speaker. Pictured above are Cherokee County Young Farmers members.
December Cherokee County Farmers Federation Events
Above: The Women's Leadership Committee of the Cherokee County Farmers Federation recently collected toys and food for the Cherokee County Crisis Center. Some of the WLC members are pictured with the goods collected.
Below: Cherokee County Farmers Federation President John Bert East presents a plaque to outgoing President Robert Earl Acker for years of service to the Federation.
Cherokee County Farmers Federation Members Enjoy Annual Meeting
Members of the Cherokee County Farmers Federation attended the Alabama Farmers Federation's 95th annual meeting in Montgomery Dec. 4-5. During the two-day meeting, farmers elect Federation leaders, vote on new or revised policies, receive awards and enjoy entertainment and fellowship with 1,200 farmers from across the state.
Outgoing, Incoming County Presidents Honored
Incoming Cherokee County Farmers Federation President John Bert East and outgoing Robert Earl Acker were recognized during the Presidents Luncheon at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 95th annual meeting Dec. 5 in Montgomery. Acker, center, received a plaque for his seven years of service, and East, right, received a pin to commemorate his election. The two are pictured with Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell.
Editorial from Cherokee County Farmers Federation Reporter Randy Jones
The wholesomeness of farm foods has been known by most of us all our lives. Every once in a while some nutritional expert comes along and tells us that something is not good for you.
For instance, these experts told us that lard and butter were going to kill us with heart disease. It finally killed grandpa and grandma when they reached about 95 years old. So they told us we needed to use shortening and margarine and we would live heart disease free. Well, it turns out after years of health studies that well, they were wrong. Shortening and margarine has to be hydrogenated to turn it into a solid. Shortening and margarine were full of trans fats which was associated with heart disease. Shortening and margarine are a type of synthetic substitute and processed many times with emulsifiers, colorants, and other artificial ingredients.
On the other hand lard and butter may be higher in calories and have fats that actually fuel the body and help it absorb nutrients. Lard and butter are loaded with saturated fat which helps HDL, the good cholesterol. Moderation is the key when using lard or butter. There, I said it, lard and butter are better for you. I said it without a Ph.D., but even though the cow might not like it at milking time and the hog may give his all, it just tastes better too.
Local School Agriculture Departments Receive Donations
The Cherokee County Farmers Federation donated $300 to the agriculture departments at Sand Rock, Gaylesville and Cedar Bluff schools. The money will be used for the classroom or to help fund agriculture events. Standing with county President John Bert East, right, are Adam Smith of Sand Rock, Curt Hendon of Gaylesville and David Holden of Cedar Bluff.
New Signs Promotes Farming At Cherokee County Farmers Federation Building
The Cherokee County Farmers Federation Board of Directors and the Cherokee County Farmers Federation Women’s Leadership Committee sponsored this banner to promote farming and help people know and appreciate where their food comes from. Front row: Dawn East, Shelia Richardson and Jill Bailey. Back row: Stanley Free, Richard Lindsey, Women's Leadership Committee Chairman Charlotte Grimes, County President John Bert East, James Grimes, Barry Bailey, Hank Richardson and County Reporter Randy Jones.