December 15, 2017
Thirty-four county Federations received an Award of Excellence for work in five program areas. Thirty-nine counties were recognized for outstanding Women’s Leadership committees, and 13 counties had outstanding Young Farmers programs.
The Alabama Farmers Federation’s 96th annual meeting convened in the Capital City Dec. 3-4. More than 1,300 farmers and guests gathered in Montgomery to honor and elect leaders of the state’s largest farm organization.
Influential Alabama leaders addressed the crowd during the two-day meeting. U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, received the Service to Agriculture Award Sunday, the Federation’s highest honor.
PowerSouth Vice President of External Affairs Horace Horn was presented the Cultivator Award for service to rural Alabama.
Gov. Kay Ivey met with FarmPAC donors and addressed the audience during the closing session.
Federation state board of directors, Women’s Leadership Committee and Young Farmers Committee leaders were elected during business sessions.
Young Farmers contest winners also received prize packages at the meeting.
Jerry Baker of Centre received the Federation’s Communications Award for Broadcast Journalism, while freelance journalist Loretta Gillespie of Lawrence County was presented the Federation’s Communications Award for Print Journalism. Federation Communications Director Jeff Helms presented the awards to Baker and Gillespie.
The Marshall County Women’s Leadership Committee collected the most aluminum pop tabs for Ronald McDonald Houses with a whopping 299.5 pounds. Women’s Leadership Division Director Kim Ramsey presented a plaque to Marshall County’s Regina Carnes. Collectively, county Women’s Leadership committees turned in 1,949 pounds of pop tabs in 2017.
Live and silent auctions raised $16,485 for the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation.
For a more detailed recap of the two-day event, read the January Neighbors magazine.