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Alabama Young Farmers Nationally Recognized

August 14, 2014

Blount County young farmer Lance Miller, left, and Cullman County young farmer Lee Haynes, right, were recently selected for national recognitions. Miller was one of 13 farmers who completed the National Cotton Council’s Policy Education Program in July. Haynes was one of 15 farmers named an agricultural “Champion of Change” by the White House.

Two Alabama young farmers recently completed national programs and were recognized for their contributions to agriculture.

Cullman County farmer Lee Haynes was one of 15 farmers selected by the White House as an agricultural “Champion of Change.” The honor included a trip to Washington, D.C., July 29, where Haynes participated in a round-table discussion about farming in the 21st century.

“I think it’s important for all farmers to make a greater effort to communicate their stories,” Haynes said during the discussion. “Farmers use scientifically proven methods because we care about our consumers, we care about our land, and we care about our animals.”

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

Blount County row crop farmer Lance Miller was one of 13 U.S. cotton farmers who completed the 2014 National Cotton Council (NCC) Policy Education Program (PEP) in July.

“I was really honored to be asked to participate in PEP,” Miller said. “Representation is key to any organization, and this learning experience will always be with me.”

PEP participants were briefed on national cotton policy issues and received communications training at a July meeting in Greensboro, N.C. They also attended the NCC annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Feb. 7-9 and viewed its policy development process.

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