Tallapoosa County Student Participates In Alfa Youth Leadership Conference
Makenzie Hornsby from Tallapoosa County sharpened leadership skills during the Alfa Youth Leadership Conference at the 4-H Center in Columbiana Oct. 8-9. She attends Reeltown High School and was sponsored by the Tallapoosa County Farmers Federation. From left are the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Mike Tidwell and Hornsby.
Tallapoosa County Student Earns College Scholarship
Auburn University Carley Rehr of Tallapoosa County received a $1,750 scholarship from the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation and Tallapoosa County Farmers Federation. She was recognized at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Scholarship Reception at the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena in Auburn Sept. 20. Rehr is a sophomore studying poultry science, pre-vet track, and is from Alexander City. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Rehr, Federation District 7 Director Joe Lambrecht and Federation Southeast Area Vice President George Jeffcoat.
Watkins Enters Annual Heritage Cooking Contest
Vickie Watkins of Tallapoosa County entered her recipe for Bacon Wrapped Pepper Poppers 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 Pepper Poppers
1 block cream cheese, softened
½ cup grated Pepper Jack cheese
4 strips of cooked bacon, crumbled
6 seeded/halved jalapenos (makes 12 halves)
6 slices pork bacon, cut into halves
Directions: Combine cream cheese, pepper jack cheese and crumbled bacon until blended well. Spoon mixture into jalapeno halves. Wrap bacon slices around each pepper and place a toothpick in to secure.
Grill or bake at 350 degrees until bacon is crisp. I prefer grilled as it cooks the jalapenos better. You can also substitute the jalapenos with sweet peppers if you don’t like it too hot. If baking in oven, spray foil lined pan with oil.
Phelps Earns Spot As Discussion Meet Finalist
Sid Phelps of Dadeville in Tallapoosa County was named a finalist in the statewide Young Farmers Discussion Meet at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 46th Commodity Producers Conference in Montgomery Aug. 4. The Final Four will compete at the Federation’s annual meeting in December, where the winner will receive a four-wheeler from First South Farm Credit. The winner will also represent Alabama at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual convention in New Orleans in January. Discussion Meet simulates a committee meeting where contestants examine and problem-solve pressing agricultural issues. As a finalist, Phelps received a Traeger grill courtesy of the Federation. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell and Phelps.
Schultz Earns Prize In Annual Sewing Contest
Brandi Schultz of Tallapoosa County received third place in the youth Christmas tree skirt contest at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 46th Commodity Producers Conference in Montgomery Aug. 4. She won $75, courtesy of the Federation’s Women’s Leadership Division.
Tallapossa County Farmers Visit State Legislature
Tallapoosa County Farmers Federation (TCFF) board members met with members of the Alabama Legislature, including Sen. Tom Whatley and Rep. Mark Tuggle, April 12 at the State House in Montgomery. From left are Tallapoosa County Young Farmers Chairman Jacob Hodnett, Whatley, Vickie Watkins and TCFF President Rod Havens.