Upchurch Elected State Poultry Committee First Vice Chair, Dewberry Honored For Service
Clay County’s Chris Upchurch was elected first vice chairman of the Alabama Farmers Federation State Poultry Committee during the 2019 Commodity Organization Meeting in Montgomery Feb. 6. From left are Federation Poultry Division Director Guy Hall and Upchurch.
Clay County's Lamar Dewberry was recognized for serving nine years on the Alabama Farmers Federation State Wildlife Committee during the 2019 Commodity Organizational Meeting in Montgomery Feb. 5. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Dewberry and Federation Wildlife Division Director William Green.
Starting On Strawberries In December
Alabama Farmers Federation Area 5 Organization Director Steven Blackmon and Horticulture Division Director Hunter McBrayer visited Abby Stewart of Clay County Dec. 19. They checked on her recently planted strawberry crop near Lineville. From left are Stewart and McBrayer.
Upchurches Receive Prizes As 2018 Outstanding Young Farm Family
Poultry and cattle farmers Jordyn and Chris Upchurch of Clay County were named Alabama’s Outstanding Young Farm Family (OYFF) earlier this year. They received a prize package worth more than $60,000 during the Alabama Farmers Federation 97th annual meeting Dec. 3 in Montgomery.
Their prizes included $35,000 from Alfa Insurance toward a new Ford vehicle of their choice; the lease of a John Deere tractor provided by SunSouth, TriGreen, AgPro and John Deere; a 30- X 40-foot pole barn courtesy of Register Barn Co.; and a John Deere Gator provided by Alabama Ag Credit and Alabama Farm Credit.
From left are Alabama Farm Credit’s Mel Koller; OYFF Chris & Jordyn Upchurch and son Charlie; Alabama Ag Credit ’s Doug Thiessen; and Federation President Jimmy Parnell.
The Upchurches will represent Alabama at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual convention in January in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Clay County Farmers Federation Earns 2018 Award of Excellence
The Clay 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.
Clay County Farmers Federation President Gerald Dial, right, accepted the award from Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell.
Clay County Couple Receives W. Kelly Mosley Environmental Award For Natural Resource Management
Felicia and Lamar Dewberry, center, of Clay County received the W. Kelly Mosley Environmental Award during the Alabama Landowners Conference Awards Program Oct. 15 at the Marriott Prattville Hotel and Conference Center. This award recognizes individuals whose have achievements in the area of natural resource management are significant, unselfish and often unrecognized.
A committee of natural resource agency and institutional leaders selected the Dewberry’s from public nominations. They received a plaque, cash award and framed limited edition original art piece.
From left are Mark Smith of Auburn University, the Dewberrys and Leigh Peters of the Alabama Forestry Commission.
The inaugural Alabama Landowners Conference was presented by the Alabama Natural Resources Council, the Alabama Tree Farm Committee and the Alabama TREASURE Forest Association.
McGill Competes In Annual State Heritage Cooking Contest
Lori McGill of Clay County entered her recipe for Sweet and Savory Bacon Wrapped Meatballs 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.
Sweet and Savory Bacon Wrapped Meatballs
1 ½ lbs. ground beef Sauce:
1 onion, chopped fine 6 tsp. vinegar
1 cup Saltine cracker crumbs 3 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ tsp. salt ¾ cup ketchup
¼ tsp. pepper 6 Tbsp. brown sugar
4 Tbsp. ketchup
¼ cup milk
1 lb. bacon
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ground beef with chopped onion, cracker crumbs, salt, pepper, ketchup, egg, and milk in a bowl. Roll mixture into 2” balls. Wrap each ball with a strip of bacon. Place meatballs in a casserole dish. In a separate bowl, whisk together the vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and brown sugar. Pour mixture over meatballs. Cook uncovered for 45 minutes. Drain after cooking for about 20 minutes and place back in oven until done. Yields approximately 20.
Upchurches Recognized During County Annual Meeting
Chris and Jordyn Upchurch, Alabama’s 2018 Outstanding Young Farm Family, were honored at the Clay County Farmers Federation annual meeting, where they received a plaque of their Neighbors magazine cover.
From left are county Federation President Gerald Dial, Chris and Jordyn, and Alabama Farmers Federation Communications and PR Department Director Jeff Helms.
Upchurches Win 2018 Outstanding Young Farm Family Contest
Chris and Jordyn Upchurch of Clay County were named Alabama’s 2018 Outstanding Young Farm Family (OYFF) at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 46th Commodity Producers Conference in Montgomery Aug. 4. Their Rockin U farm in Lineville encompasses over 300 acres, 130 cows and three poultry houses. As the OYFF, the fourth-generation farmers received over $70,000 in prizes and will compete for the national Achievement Award at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual convention in New Orleans in January. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Jordyn and Chris.
Teague Competes In Annual State Young Farmers Discussion Meet Contest
Paige Teague of Lineville in Clay 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 Teague.
Upchurchs Named Finalists For Oustanding Young Farm Family Competition
Chris and Jordyn Upchurch of Clay County were named finalists in the 2018 Outstanding Young Farm Family contest at the Young Farmers Conference in Montgomery March 3. The Upchurches of Lineville will compete for more than $70,000 in prizes during on-farm judging this summer before the winner is announced at the Alabama Farmers Federation's 46th Commodity Producers Conference in Montgomery Aug. 4. As finalists, they also received a Traeger grill. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Jordyn and Chris.
Dewberrys Host ForestHer Event
A ForestHer forestry field day for women who love the land was held at Lamar Dewberry’s Clay County TREASURE Forest Feb. 21. Dewberry is pictured in the bottom left with his helper and grandson, Eli.
Events for Clay county
- September 24-
Policy Development Meeting - Montgomery
- December 8-9
Alabama Farmers Federation Annual Meeting - Montgomery
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