By Maggie Edwards
Jonathan Edgar’s childhood was chock-full of Alabama Farmers Federation experiences, a wealth of knowledge the seventh-generation farmers is excited to use as State Young Farmers Committee (YFC) chairman.
“It is exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time,” Edgar said. “I’m passionate about this organization and love the direction it’s headed. I cannot wait to serve our members.”
Edgar was unanimously elected by fellow YFC members during the Federation’s annual meeting in December.
“I got involved with my county Young Farmers program as soon as I turned 18,” Edgar said. “As I grew up, I realized this organization was worth my time. I have gotten to build relationships with other farmers and politicians. That’s invaluable.”
Passion and perseverance pushed Edgar to return to his family farm full time in 2015 after working for Thompson Tractor Co. as a mechanic. He works with his father, Richard, on their row crop operation, which grows cotton, corn, soybean, wheat and hay.
Edgar lives in Deatsville with his wife, Lark, a case manager for the South Central Alabama Development Commission, and their 3-year-old daughter, Perry.
Edgar said he looks forward to serving young farmers during the annual Young Farmers Conference in Birmingham Feb. 24-26; the Young Farmers Golf Tournament; and visits to county meetings. As the state committee chair, Edgar also serves a one-year, ex-officio role on the Federation’s board of directors.
Federation Young Farmers Division Director Hunter McBrayer said he is excited to help Edgar positively impact farmers ages 18-35 across the state.
“Jonathan has been a huge asset to the state committee during his time representing District 6,” McBrayer said. “He sees the value in using his voice to enact change, and I believe he will inspire other young farmers to step up and get involved with this organization.”
Edgar’s goal is to encourage joint district and county meetings throughout the state. He’s also passionate about the importance of State YFC members attending county meetings and mentoring county leaders.
“I want to help county leaders understand they are not alone,” Edgar said. “The state committee is here for each of our members. We’re all here to help them.”