County Farmers Visit U.S. Rep In Washington, D.C.
U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, met with constituents during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s biennial Washington Legislative Conference in the nation’s capital March 5-7. During breakfast meetings, farmers and their congresswoman discussed issues of local and national relevance. From left are Hale County Farmers Federation President Chris Thomas, Wallace Drury, Sewell, and Judy and Ray Duncan.
Luke Smelley Named One Of Three Oustanding Young Farm Family Finalists
Luke Smelley of Hale County was named a finalist in the 2019 Outstanding Young Farm Family contest March 2 during the Alabama Farmers Federation Young Farmers Conference in Montgomery.
As part of the Top 3, he will compete for over $70,000 in prizes during on-farm judging this summer. Smelley also won the Beef Division. Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan is pictured with Luke, his wife Lana and daughter Iris.
Hale County Farmers, Businessmen Honored During Catfish Meeting
A Catfish Industry Update Meeting was held Dec. 4 in Demopolis. Farmers heard from researchers and Ag & Industries Commissioner-Elect Rick Pate. The State Catfish Committee also held elections, and individuals were honored with leadership awards.
Left photo: Randy Hollingsworth received the Industry Service Award from the Aquaculture and Fisheries Business Institute.
Right photos, starting at top: Bill Hemstreet of the Alabama Fish Farming Center in Greensboro received the Distinguished Service Award from the Aquaculture and Fisheries Business Institute. Hale County's Danny Miller received a matted plaque featuring the Neighbors magazine story from when he was named Alabama's 2018 Catfish Farmer of the Year. State Catfish Committee Chairman and Sumter County catfish farmer Sid Nelson and Mike Owens of Harvest Select Catfish & Seafood in Greensboro received Leadership Awards from the Aquaculture and Fisheries Business Institute.
Outgoing, New Hale County Farmers Federation Presidents Recognized
New Hale County Farmers Federation President Chris Thomas and outgoing President Ray Duncan were recognized during the Presidents Luncheon at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 97th Annual Meeting Dec. 3 in Montgomery. Duncan, center, received a plaque for his three years of service, and Thomas, right, received a pin to commemorate his election. The two are pictured with Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell.
Broussard Elected To State Young Farmers Committee
Evan Broussard of Hale County was elected to a two-year term on the State Young Farmers Committee during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 97th annual meeting in Montgomery Dec. 3. He will serve District 4, which includes Bibb, Greene, Fayette, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Pickens, Tuscaloosa and Walker counties. As a member of the 10-person committee, he will help organize the 2019 Young Farmers Conference and work to grow involvement throughout his district. From left are State Young Farmers Committee Chair Garrett Dixon and Broussard.
Farmers Federations Sponsor Annual UWA Fish Fry
Over 485 people attended the University of West Alabama Fish Fry Sept. 6 before the football game versus Miles College. Farmers Federations from Greene, Choctaw, Sumter, Marengo, Pickens, Washington and Hale counties sponsored the annual event.
UWA President Ken Tucker, the provost, the athletic director, Livingston Mayor Tom Tartt, Rep. AJ McCampbell, Rep. Ralph Howard & Sen. Bobby Singleton attended.
Events for Hale county
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Policy Development Meeting - Montgomery
- December 8-9
Alabama Farmers Federation Annual Meeting - Montgomery
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Hale County's Kyser Family Farms was among four finalists for Alabama's Farm of Distinction.