Jackson County's Langston Recognized During Alabama Landowners Conference
Todd Langston, center, of Jackson County received the Alabama Tree Farm Doug Link Leadership Award Award during the Alabama Landowners Conference Awards Program Oct. 15 at the Marriott Prattville Hotel and Conference Center. The award recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond to build the Alabama Tree Farm Program and spread the message of sustainable forestry.
Langston is pictured with Nick Granger, left, and Tim Browning of the Alabama Tree Farm Committee.
The inaugural Alabama Landowners Conference was presented by the Alabama Natural Resources Council, the Alabama Tree Farm Committee and the Alabama TREASURE Forest Association.
Jackson County Student Studying Agriculture Earns College Scholarship
Auburn University student Keith Evett of Jackson County received a $1,750 scholarship from the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation and Jackson County Farmers Federation. He was recognized at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Scholarship Reception at the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena in Auburn Sept. 20. Evett is a freshman studying agronomy and soils production and is from Scottsboro. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Evett and Jackson County Farmers Federation President Phillip Thompson.
Farmers Federation Helps Sponsor Jackson County Outdoor Seminar
The four-day Jackson County Outdoor Seminar was held at Camp Maranatha this summer. The event introduces Jackson County FFA members to new job opportunities while they gain valuable leadership skills. Students also visit local attractions and talk with local resource professionals about the agricultural field.
This year, students visited the county’s WMA where Courtenay Conring discussed local wildlife management practices. They also stopped at Sauta Cave, a major maternity hibernaculum for the endangered Gray Bat. At dusk, nearly 400,000 bats emerged, a delight to the visiting students. On the final day, participants toured Cathedral Caverns, a historically and ecologically significant site in Jackson County.
The Alabama North District FFA Officer Team presented several leadership workshops for attendees. Without contributions from organization such as the Jackson County Farmers Federation, these types of seminars would not be possible.
Photos, clockwise from top left: A local conservation officer talks to students about the duties and opportunities he's had within his career field. Participants head outside to learn about forestry practices. Attenddees toured Cathedral Caverns and were amazed at the beauty of stalagtites found deep within the cave. Students listen to a presentation about prescribed burns.
Teacher Conservation Workshop
The Jackson County Farmers Federation was proud to sponsor Rosalie Elementary School third-grade teacher Shannon Moore as she attended the Teacher Conservation Workshop at Auburn University July 9-12.