Young Farmers Win Chance To Compete At AFBF Conference
Stuart and Deborah Sanderson of Limestone County were selected as the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 2006 Outstanding Young Farm Family during the 85th Annual Meeting in Mobile.The Sandersons were selected to compete for the award after being named the Outstanding Young Farm Family in the Wheat & Feed Grains Division earlier this year.The Sandersons, along with their 2-year-old son, Spencer, live near Madison where Stuart farms with his cousin Chad Henderson, his uncle Mike Henderson, and his grandfather, G. W. Henderson. Their 4,000-acre diversified farm includes corn, wheat, cotton and soybeans.As the 2006 Outstanding Young Farm Family, the Sandersons received six-month’s use of a John Deere tractor sponsored by John Deere and Company, a new John Deere Trail Gator sponsored by Federal Land Bank, the use of a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer for a year, courtesy of county Farmers Federations of Alabama, an IBM computer package from ValCom Business Centers of Alabama and $500 cash from Dodge.As the Alabama Outstanding Young Farm Family for 2006, the Sandersons will go on to compete for the American Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award in 2007.In a separate contest, Sanderson was named the winner of the Young Farmers Discussion Meet. Andrea Garrett Eubanks, a teacher from Cherokee County, was named first alternate in the competition, which was a new program added just this year.Sanderson received $500 cash from the Federation and a matching award from Dodge. Eubanks received $500 cash from the Federation. Both Sanderson and Eubanks will receive expense-paid trips to the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, in January where they will represent the state in national competitions.Amy Belcher of Montgomery was the winner in another new program, the Excellence in Agriculture Award, which recognizes members of the Young Farmers Division who do not derive a major portion of their income from farming, but have demonstrated a commitment to Alabama agriculture through Federation and community involvement.As the winner, Belcher received $500 from the Federation, a matching award from Dodge, and an expense-paid trip to the AFBF meeting in Salt Lake City to compete in the next round. James and Amy Burgess of Blount County were named first alternate.