June 13, 2014
Alabama young farmers have until July 1 to submit applications for the Excellence in Agriculture and Discussion Meet contests. Both events are held during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Commodity Producers Conference in August in Huntsville.
Young farmers, including couples, who are involved in agriculture but do not earn more than half their income from production agriculture are eligible for Excellence in Ag. Each competitor must submit an application and give a 15-minute presentation. Past applicants have included agriscience teachers, Extension agents, veterinarians and ag lenders.
The 2014 Excellence in Agriculture winner will receive a zero-turn John Deere mower from Dow AgroSciences and a computer package from Valcom/CSS Wireless.
In the Discussion Meet, contestants will simulate a committee meeting and discuss pre-selected topics. Four finalists will be selected to compete at the Federation’s Annual Meeting in December.
The 2014 Discussion Meet winner will receive a 4-wheeler from First South Farm Credit.
The Alabama Farmers Federation will provide both winners with an all-expense paid trip to San Diego, California, where they will participate in the national competitions.
Applications are available online at AlfaYoungFarmers.org. For more information, contact Federation Young Farmers Director Jennifer Himburg at firstname.lastname@example.org or (334) 612-5159.