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July 28, 2014

Mary Johnson
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Alabama farmers Lee Haynes, left, and Bill Bridgeforth, right, were selected as "Champions of Change" in agriculture. The two are among 15 farmers from across the nation selected for the program and will visit the White House July 29. Marshall County Farmers Federation President Rickey Cornutt will also attend as an invited guest.

Cullman County farmer Lee Haynes and Limestone County farmer Bill Bridgeforth will represent Alabama farmers at the “Champions of Change” event at the White House July 29. Fifteen farmers from across the U.S. were selected for the program, which recognizes outstanding local leaders in the new generation of American agriculture.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden will address the group, and farmers will discuss how to continue growing and supporting America’s next generation of farmers. The event will be streamed live tomorrow at 9 a.m. Central time at

Haynes, an Alabama Farmers Federation member, owns and operates Nature’s Best Egg Co. and C&R Haynes Farm alongside his parents, Robert and Carol Haynes. They raise, process and distribute eggs to retail and institutional customers.

Haynes will graduate from the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Agricultural Leaders for Alabama (A.L.F.A.) class in August.

Bridgeforth is a fourth-generation farmer in Tanner where he grows cotton, corn, wheat, soybeans and canola. He is chairman of the National Black Growers Council.

Marshall County Farmers Federation President Rickey Cornutt will also attend the “Champions of Change” event as an invited guest.

To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program and nominate a Champion, visit

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