Two former Alabama Farmers Federation leaders along with three other recipients were honored by the Auburn University Agricultural Alumni Association at the Alabama Agricultural Hall of Honor banquet Feb. 4.
Held at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National, the ceremony recognized five honorees for significant contributions to Alabama agriculture.
Retired Federation Commodity Department Director Jim Cravey of Shalimar, Florida, and the late Walter “Sonny” Corcoran of Eufaula, who held numerous Federation leadership positions, were among those honored.
Chosen by a vote of association members, this year’s honorees include three new Hall of Honor inductees and two Pioneer Award recipients. Pioneer Award recipients are recognized posthumously.
Cravey was the Hall of Honor recipient in the agribusiness sector; Wayne Thames of Evergreen was the production-sector honoree; and Dr. Stanley Wilson of Auburn was the education/government inductee.
Pioneer Awards were presented to the Corcoran family and to family members of the late Ralph Harris of Auburn.
Cravey is a Florala native who held various leadership positions with the Federation during his 34 years there. He retired in 2004 and temporarily returned in 2013 to serve as Alabama Peanut Producers Association interim executive director. He now operates a farm and hunting lodge in Covington County with his brother, Albert.
Corcoran was a Barbour County farmer who helped implement Alabama’s Boll Weevil Eradication Program. He held leadership roles in the state and county Farmers Federations, Alabama Peanut Producers Association and National Cotton Council.
The Agricultural Alumni Association established the Hall of Honor in 1984. The annual awards banquet is held with the association’s annual meeting.
Learn more about the Hall of Honor at agriculture.auburn.edu/alumni/hall-of-honor/.