Farm families have until Jan. 27 to apply for a chance to win more than $12,000 in cash and prizes as the 2017 Alabama Farm of Distinction.
The competition recognizes farms of all types and sizes for excellence in production, management, stewardship and innovation. Alabama Farm-City Committee Chairman Jeff Helms said the 2017 recipient will join an elite group of past winners.
“More than 30 Alabama farms have been recognized since the program’s inception,” Helms said. “They include family businesses raising everything from row crops and beef cattle to catfish and timber. Each of these farms is distinct because of the owners’ commitment to continual improvement and their positive impact on the community.”
Up to four finalists for the award will be selected based on applications, and each will receive a $250 gift certificate from Alabama Farmers Cooperative (AFC). Judges will travel to the finalists’ farms March 1-2, and the overall winner will be announced at the Alabama Farm-City Awards Luncheon April 6 in Birmingham.
Alabama’s Farm of Distinction winner will receive a John Deere Gator from SunSouth, TriGreen and Snead Ag dealers; a $1,000 gift certificate from AFC; $2,500 from Swisher International and an engraved farm sign from Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa Insurance.
The overall winner will represent Alabama in the Swisher Sweets / Sunbelt Ag Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year contest at the Sunbelt Ag Expo Oct. 17-19.
Farm-City Week began in 1955 and is officially observed the week before Thanksgiving. Farm-City volunteers also will help celebrate National Ag Day March 21.