Congressman Rogers Visits Local Farmers
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers met with farmers at Lazenby Farms Oct. 24. They discussed rural broadband and feral pigs.
Richburg Hosts Young Farmers For Farm Tour
The Lee County Young Farmers held a fall farm tour Oct. 20 at the cattle operation of Mahlon Richburg, the Lee County Farmers Federation president.
Lee County Students Participate In Alfa Youth Leadership Conference
Lee County students Will Durdin and Dillon Phillips sharpened leadership skills during the Alfa Youth Leadership Conference at the 4-H Center in Columbiana Oct. 8-9. Durdin attends Auburn Jr. High School, while Phillips is a student at Opelika High School. They were sponsored by the Lee County Farmers Federation. From left are the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Mike Tidwell, Durdin and Phillips.
Lee County Students Studying Agriculture Earn College Scholarships
Auburn University students Julia Lawrence, James Dowdell, Brock Pittman and Jack Slay of Lee County received $1,750 scholarships from the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation and Lee County Farmers Federation. They were recognized at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Scholarship Reception at the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena in Auburn Sept. 20. Slay is a junior in crop and soils science production and is from Opelika, while Pittman is a senior in crop and soils science turfgrass and is from Salem. Lawrence is a freshman in poultry science production, and Dowdell is a junior in agricultural business and economics. They are from Auburn. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Slay, Pittman, Dowdell, Lawrence, Lee County Farmers Federation President Mahlon Richburg, Federation District 7 Director Joe Lambrecht and Federation Southeast Area Vice President George Jeffcoat. Not pictured is recipient Walker Davidson.
Clements Competes In Annual State Heritage Cooking Contest
Carole Clements of Lee County entered her recipe for Bacon Wrapped Cheese Straws 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.
Bacon Wrapped Cheese Straws
1 package frozen puff pastry
½ honey Dijon mustard
1 cup sharp white cheddar cheese (grated, divided)
1 Tbsp. sweet paprika (divided)
2 Tbsp. thyme leaves (finely chopped, divided)
2 Tbsp. chives (finely chopped, divided)
12 slices bacon (cut in half lengthwise)
¼ cup all-purpose flour (for dusting)
½ cup Honey Dijon mustard
½ cup mayonnaise
Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and grease with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. Using a pastry brush, spread ¼ cup of Honey Dijon mustard onto one of the puff pastry sheets. Sprinkle ½ cup of white cheddar cheese on top and using a lightly floured rolling pin, press the cheese lightly into the puff pastry. Sprinkle half of the paprika and half of the thyme & chives evenly over the cheese and cut the sheet of pastry into 12 even strips. Repeat with remaining sheet of puff pastry so you end up with 24 strips. Top each strip with a bacon half and twist each strip 3-4 times.
Remove the twists to the prepared baking sheets and transfer to the preheated oven. Bake until the bacon is cooked through and the puff pastry is golden brown about 15-18 minutes. Remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly and serve with Dijonaisse for dipping!
In a medium bowl, whisk together the Honey Dijon mustard and mayonnaise. Put in a serving bowl.
Tip: Use your favorite cheese and spice mixture to make this recipe your own!
Hornsby, Miller Graduate From A.L.F.A. Leaders Program
Lee County’s Beth Hornsby and Russell Miller, both of Auburn, graduated from the two-year Agricultural Leaders For Alabama (A.L.F.A. Leaders) program in Montgomery Aug. 2. The 17-member A.L.F.A. Leaders Class IV was recognized at the 46th Commodity Producers Conference hosted by the Alabama Farmers Federation, which sponsors the program. Members attended six institutes from Montgomery to Washington, D.C., to Spain during A.L.F.A. Leaders, which stressed personal development, communication, political involvement and an in-depth understanding of the Federation. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell; Hornsby, a vegetable farmer; and Miller, a forest systems management specialist at Auburn University.
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