SHELBY COUNTY FARMERS FEDERATION MEMBERS ATTEND STATE ANNUAL MEETING
Members of the Shelby 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. Above: A few of the Shelby County Farmers Federation board members paused for a photo before entering the business session.
Members of the Shelby County Farmers Federation's Women's Leadership Committee (WLC) enjoyed the annual state WLC luncheon during the Alabama Farmers Federation's 95th annual meeting in Montgomery. The luncheon was held at the Embassy Suites, and awards were presented to outstanding county WLCs. Each attendee took home a Christmas ornament as a party favor.
SHELBY COUNTY STUDENT STUDYING AGRICULTURE RECEIVES COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP
Auburn University student and scholarship recipient Charles Waid of Calera was recognized during the Alabama Farmers Federation 2016 Scholarship Recipients Luncheon Aug. 27 at the Ham Wilson Arena in Auburn. Waid graduated from Calera High School and studies biosystems engineering.The $1,750 scholarship was funded by the Shelby County Farmers Federation and the Federation’s Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Waid, Shelby County Farmers Federation Jimmy Bice and Federation Central Region Vice President Dean Wysner.
MONTEVALLO HIGH SCHOOL FFA JOINS EMBATTLED FARMER STATUE DEDICATION
Montevallo High School FFA officers attended the Embattled Farmer statue dedication at American Village Feb. 15.
The Embattled Farmer is a 16-foot bronze statue sponsored by Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation. It represents colonial farmers who laid down their plows and picked up their muskets to fight for independence in the American Revolution. The original Embattled Farmer statue stands in Concord, Massachusetts, and was sculpted for the nation’s centennial celebration in 1876.
"Farms suffered while the soldiers were at war, and some farmers even lost their land and way of life," said Jimmy Parnell, Alfa and Federation president. "Those farmers were willing to sacrifice everything for the greater good of freedom and liberty. That’s a lesson we can all learn from as we strive to put our country back on the right track."
The FFA officers functioned as a courtesy corps to provide direction to those attending who needed to get from one place to another. Led by FFA Chaplain C.D. Lawley, the officers led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance to begin the ceremony.
"It was an honor to represent early American farmers who left their land unattended for the making of this country, exhibiting true leadership,” said MHS FFA Vice President Kate Frederick.
Pictured from left are Parnell, Jesse White, Sydney Selman, Madeline Griffin, Kate Frederick, C.D. Lawley, Taylor White, and FFA adviser Blake Ray.
COUNTY FARM-CITY WINNERS RECOGNIZED
The Shelby County Farmers Federation recognized county Farm-City contest winners at the group's Jan. 18 board meeting. Top photo, from left are Alfa Insurance agent Andy Johnes, county board member Phillip Hunter, multimedia award winner Oscar Beccerra, teacher Dawn Bone and county board member Terry Wyatt. Bottom left photo, back row from left are county board member Phillip Hunter, teacher Mrs. Pruitt and county board member Terry Wyatt. Front row are poster contest winners Adelynn Binkerd and Elena Feliciano. Bottom right photo, from left are county board member Phillip Hunter, essay winner Marion Bell, county board member Terry Wyatt and Marion's father.
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