Chambers County Makes Lasting Difference With Annual Special Needs Rodeo
About 400 students from special needs facilities and schools in Chambers, Lee, and Tallapoosa counties attended the third annual Chambers County Sheriff's Office Special Needs Rodeo. Folks enjoyed a day filled with rodeo events, games and a petting zoo. The petting zoo was hosted by the Chambers County Farmers Federation with help from the Young Farmers Committee.
Top right photo, from left are Chambers County Young Farmers Chairman Kyle Jackson, Alabama Farmers Federation Area 7 Organization Director Preston Roberts, Alfa Insurance Agent Steve Wheeler of Lafayette, Chambers County Farmers Federation President Phil Slay and Kim Slay.
Outgoing, Incoming Presidents Honored
Incoming Chambers County Farmers Federation President Phil Slay and outgoing President Jack Robertson were recognized during the Presidents Luncheon at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 95th annual meeting Dec. 5 in Montgomery. Robertson, center, received a plaque for his years of service, and Slay, right, received a pin to commemorate his election. The two are pictured with Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell.
Local Youth Travel To National Dairy Judging Contest
Four area youth represented Alabama at the 95th National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Madison, Wisconsin, Oct. 3. Grace and Nathan Gullatt of Salem, Gavin Rankins of Cusseta, and Rice Nichols of LaFayette joined students from 27 other states and Canada. On the days prior to the show, they visited beautiful dairy farms in Illinois and Wisconsin to practice judging different classes of heifers and cows.
Participating in dairy cattle judging provides youth a framework to recognize a quality cow based on the Purebred Dairy Cattle Association scorecard, a chance to make and defend their choices and an opportunity to learn public speaking skills. The 4-H contest was held before the World Dairy Exposition and included five of the seven major U. S. Dairy breeds: Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, and Jersey.
The team would like to thank the Chambers County Farmers Federation, the Lee County Farmers Federation, and Dairy Farmers of America Cooperative for generous support of the team and for their investment in dairy and other types of agriculture. They also thank Southeastern United Dairy Industry Association for the donation of matching shirts. While the team did not win, they learned much about dairy cattle and the dairy industry while making new friends in lovely dairy heartland of the United States.
From left in the top photo are Grace Gullat, Rice Nichols, Nathan Gullatt and Gavin Rankins. Below are Rice, Grace, Nathan and Gavin.
Chambers County Student Studying Agriculture Receives College Scholarship
Auburn University student and scholarship recipient Zachery Slay of Five Points was recognized during the Alabama Farmers Federation 2016 Scholarship Recipients Luncheon Aug. 27 at the Ham Wilson Arena in Auburn. Slay graduated from Chambers Academy and studies forestry.The $1,750 scholarship was funded by the Chambers County Farmers Federation and the Federation’s Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Slay, Federation State Board Member Joe Lambrecht, Federation Southeast Region Vice President George Jeffcoat and Chambers County Farmers Federation President Jack Robertson.
County Federation Hosts Annual Meeting
The Chambers County Farmers Federation Board of Directors updated members on Federation events at its annual meeting Aug. 22 in LaFayette. Front row, from left, are Prather Slay, Women's Committee Chairwoman Lillian Slay, Allen Jones, Jennie Hill and President Jack Robertson. Back row, from left, are Area 7 Organization Director Preston Roberts, Young Farmers Chairman Kyle Jackson, Chris Langley, John Newman, Billy Langley, Fred Kendrick, Darrell Bishop and Eugene Blair.