By Maggie Edwards
The Alabama Farmers Federation welcomed Kubota as a new sponsor and extended its partnership with Corteva Agriscience for the Young Farmers of Alabama Outstanding Young Farm Family (OYFF) contest in 2023.
“We are thankful for Kubota and Corteva,” said Federation Young Farmers Division Director Hunter McBrayer. “Their sponsorships are providing incredible prize packages to the first and second runners-up in the OYFF contest.”
Kubota Tractor Corporation sponsored OYFF first runner-up Whit and Amanda Lovelady of Talladega County by providing 250 hours of free use on a Kubota M7-171 tractor.
Kubota is proud to be growing with the Federation and is committed to making investments in the agricultural industry as it continues to expand business, said Kubota’s Michael Stanley.
“What better investment than to support and promote young people who are on the cutting edge in the great state of Alabama,” Stanley said. “The OYFF award recognizes successful young farmers for achievements in the business of farming and leadership in the agricultural community. We look forward to expanding our relationships in Alabama and its farmers. Kubota is ‘For Earth for Life’ providing the Groundwork for a Better Tomorrow.”
Corteva Agriscience, a longtime sponsor of the Young Farmers Excellence in Agriculture competition, presented OYFF second runner-up Mitchell and Rebecca Henry of Lawrence County with a custom chemical package.
It’s an honor to partner with the Federation and Young Farmers, said Corteva’s Jacee May.
“It’s because of these farmers we can feed, clothe and sustain our nation,” May said. “Corteva takes pride in working with Alabama producers to ensure they get the best yields on harvest, more grazing days, put pounds on calves efficiently and have quality seed varieties to select that are tailored to their area. These individuals and their families deserve to be recognized.”
It’s encouraging to see corporations like Kubota and Corteva engaging with farmers, especially young farmers, McBrayer said.
“When you support young people, you are supporting the next generation of farmers who will feed the world,” McBrayer said. “The Federation extends extreme gratitude to all partner organizations that contribute to the success of the Young Farmers program.”