Cullman County Farmers Federation Earns 2018 Award of Excellence
The Cullman County Farmers Federation received the Award for Excellence Dec. 3. during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 97th Annual Meeting in Montgomery. To earn the distinction, counties must score at least 80 points out of 100 on the award application, which covers involvement in agricultural programs, governmental affairs, county Women’s Leadership and Young Farmers committees.
Cullman County Farmers Federation outgoing President Steve Lake, right, accepted the award from Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell.
Outgoing, New Cullman County Farmers Federation Presidents Recognized
New Cullman County Farmers Federation President Ben Haynes and outgoing President Steve Lake were recognized during the Presidents Luncheon at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 97th Annual Meeting Dec. 3 in Montgomery. Lake, center, received a plaque for his three years of service, and Haynes, right, received a pin to commemorate his election. The two are pictured with Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell.
Cullman County's Haynes Elected State Women's Leadership Committee Secretary
Lydia Haynes of Cullman County was elected secretary of the State Women’s Leadership Committee during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 97th annual meeting in Montgomery Dec. 3. From left are Federation Women’s Division Director Kim Earwood and Haynes.
Cullman County Schools Earn Alabama Ag In The Classroom Mini-Grants
Alabama Ag In the Classroom (AITC) mini-grants were presented to schools and agricultural organizations in Cullman County Nov. 27. Rep. Corey Harbison, left in above photos, and Sen. Garlan Gudger, right in above photos, made the presentations.
Top photo includes Cullman City Primary School teacher Lanie Williamson. Center photo includes Harbison, Cullman County Soil & Water Conservation District’s Tomeesa Shedd. Bottom photo includes Welti Elementary School Principal Gina Webb.
Cullman County Couple, Forestry Planning Committee Recognized During Alabama Landowners Conference
Stan and Suzanne Woods, center, of Cullman County were named the Alabama Tree Farmers of the Year during the Alabama Landowners Conference Awards Program Oct. 15 at the Marriott Prattville Hotel and Conference Center. The Alabama Tree Farm Committee selected the couple, who will now compete regionally and nationally representing Alabama. Numerous criterion are used to select a winner, including hands-on management and public outreach.
They are pictured with Nick Granger, left, and Tim Browning, right, of the Alabama Tree Farm Committee.
The inaugural Alabama Landowners Conference was presented by the Alabama Natural Resources Council, the Alabama Tree Farm Committee and the Alabama TREASURE Forest Association.
At the same awards banquet, Cullman County received the Outstanding Forestry Planning Committee Award for the Northeast Region. Members received a plaque and a $1,000 cash award. The honor goes to a committee that best exemplifies the mission of the Alabama Natural Resources Council through its programs and activities conducted throughout the past year.
From left are Alabama Natural Resources Council Chair Jacob Davis, Suzanne and Stan Woods, Deborah Widner and Joel Moon.
Cullman County Students Participate In Alfa Youth Leadership Conference
Cullman County students Ben Tankersley, Darren Roberts, Thomas Bell and Sydney Babb sharpened leadership skills during the Alfa Youth Leadership Conference at the 4-H Center in Columbiana Oct. 8-9. Tankersley, Roberts and Babb attend Fairview High School, and Bell is a student at Holly Pond High School. They were sponsored by the Cullman County Farmers Federation. From left are the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Mike Tidwell, Tankersley, Roberts, Bell and Babb.
Cullman County Students Studying Agriculture Earn College Scholarships
Auburn University student Kacie Donaldson of Cullman County received a $1,750 scholarship from the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation and Cullman County Farmers Federation. She was recognized at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Scholarship Reception at the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena in Auburn Sept. 20. Donaldson is a sophomore studying agricultural business and economics and is from Cullman. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell and Donaldson.
At the same scholarship reception, Auburn University student Olivia Benefield of Cullman in Cullman County received the R.W. Donaldson Endowed Scholarship. Benefield is a sophomore studying agricultural science. The scholarship is given in memory of Ronny Donaldson and was established by family, friends and members of the Cullman County Farmers Federation, as well as the county Cattlemen’s Association chapter. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Benefield, Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan.
Veal Competes In Annual State Heritage Cooking Contest
Amy Veal of Cullman County entered her recipe for Bacon Cream Cheese Bites in the 2018 Heritage Cooking Contest. The annual contest is sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation Women's Leadership Division and highlights a specific commodity. For 2018, pork was the highlighted commodity.
Bacon Cream Cheese Bites
1 lb. bacon (regular thickness)
1 loaf Pepperidge Farm original white bread, crusts cut off
1 (12 oz.) tub cream cheese spread
½ cup chopped fresh chives
Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set aside. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese on each slice of bread. Sprinkle ½ tsp. of chives on top of cream cheese. Starting at one end, roll each slice of bread into a tight cylinder. Wrap a slice of bacon around each cylinder, spiraling to cover the whole piece of bread. Cut each cylinder in half (I use my kitchen shears). Place on baking sheet and bake until crispy and bacon is cooked through, about 20-30 minutes. Garnish with chives. Serve warm.
Cullman County Young Farmers Bring Home Awards From Annual Competitions
Kyle Morris of Hanceville in Cullman County was named a finalist in the statewide Young Farmers Discussion Meet at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 46th Commodity Producers Conference in Montgomery Aug. 4. The Final Four will compete at the Federation’s annual meeting in December, where the winner will receive a four-wheeler from First South Farm Credit. The winner will also represent Alabama at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual convention in New Orleans in January. Discussion Meet simulates a committee meeting where contestants examine and problem-solve pressing agricultural issues. As a finalist, Morris received a Traeger grill courtesy of the Federation. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell and Morris.
At the same conference, Cody Rasco of Blountsville in Cullman County was named first runner-up in the Young Farmers Excellence in Agriculture contest. Participants are involved in agriculture but derive more than half their income off farm. Rasco received a Traeger grill courtesy of the Federation. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell and Rasco.
Howard Graduates From A.L.F.A. Leaders Program
Eli Howard of Cullman in Cullman County graduated from the two-year Agricultural Leaders For Alabama (A.L.F.A. Leaders) program in Montgomery Aug. 2. The 17-member A.L.F.A. Leaders Class IV was recognized at the 46th Commodity Producers Conference hosted by the Alabama Farmers Federation, which sponsors the program. Members attended six institutes from Montgomery to Washington, D.C., to Spain during A.L.F.A. Leaders, which stressed personal development, communication, political involvement and an in-depth understanding of the Federation. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell and Howard, who is a credit analyst with Alabama Farm Credit.
Cullman County Farm-City Committee Wins Big Again During Annual State Awards Luncheon
The Cullman County Farm-City Committee was named best in the state for the sixth straight year. The committee received the Overall Best Farm-City Committee Award during the Alabama Farm-City Awards Luncheon April 5 in Birmingham. The group also received Division I awards for Best Farm-City Committee, Innovative Idea, and Best Farm-City Dinner. Division I includes counties with a larger population.
More than 200 volunteers contributed 5,000 hours of service to reach an estimated 100,000 people with the Farm-City message. The committee hosted farm days, cooked breakfast for farmers at the local market, participated in local fairs and parades, recognized outstanding FFA and FCCLA members and sponsored Heritage Skills Classes at the North Alabama Agriplex.
A new Farm-City musical earned the committee the Innovative Idea Award. Sixty students entertained their peers and parents with songs, dances and skits about agriculture.
Above photo: From left are Cullman County Farm-City Committee Chairman Lynda Hankey and Alabama Farm-City Committee Chairman Jeff Helms.
Cullman County’s Lyric Antone received an honorable mention in the 2017 Alabama Farm-City Poster Contest. Antone, who lives in Vinemont, is a kindergartner at West Point Elementary School in Cullman. Each honorable mention student received $50 from the Alabama Farmers Cooperative (AFC). From left are AFC’s Jim, Antone and Alabama Farm-City Chairman Jeff Helms.
Local Youth Win Awards During 2018 Junior Beef Expo
Clockwise from top left: Class 1 Senior Division Showmanship winners at the Junior Beef Expo (JBE) were, from left, Rayne Starkey of Jackson County, first; Paige Quick of Cullman County, second; Michael Morrison of Clay County, third; Cheyenne Ritter of Lauderdale County, fourth; and Annie Smith of Chilton County, fifth. The contest was March 16 at the Teague Arena in Montgomery.
Class 3 Senior Division Showmanship winners at the Junior Beef Expo (JBE) were, from left, Ashlyn Ruf of Limestone County, first; Bryce Hendricks of Coffee County, second; Lakin Whatley of Montgomery County, third; Sarah Parker of Chambers County, fourth; and Sydni Benefield of Cullman County, fifth.
Class 12 Intermediate Division Showmanship winners at the Junior Beef Expo (JBE) were, from left, Jacey Adkins of Baldwin County, first; Austin Alexander of Cullman County, second; Mary Hannah Gullatt of Lee County, third; Marie Downey of Autauga County, fourth; and Alexia Thomas of St. Clair County, fifth.
Class 14 Intermediate Division Showmanship winners at the Junior Beef Expo (JBE) were, from left, Walker Johnson of Cullman County, first; Abbey James of Autauga County, second; Madison Thrailkill of Autauga County, third; Emma Claire Long of Dale County, fourth; and Colbie English of Escambia County, fifth.
Class 17 Junior Division Showmanship winners at the Junior Beef Expo (JBE) were, from left, Dow Boyd of Coffee County, first; Mattie Wood of Cullman County, second; Tyler Crim of Tuscaloosa County, third; Lauren Jones of Chilton County, fourth; and Alyvia Watson of Mobile County, fifth.
Class 18 Junior Division Showmanship winners at the Junior Beef Expo (JBE) were, from left, Gus Ashley of Montgomery County, first; Hannah Grace McHugh of Lee County, second; Ella Grace Downs of Elmore County, third; Evan Roden of Cullman County, fourth; and Luke Ray of Tuscaloosa County, fifth.
Clockwise from top left: Nathan Alexander of Cullman County won champion for the Charolais division during the Junior Beef Expo (JBE) Heifer Show, March 17. He is pictured with heifer CCC Whiskey Girl 105D and Paige Quick.
Mattie Wood of Cullman County won reserve division champion for the Chianina breed during the Junior Beef Expo (JBE) Market Show March 15. She is pictured with her winning steer, 2M Pistol, and her father, Matt Wood.
Evan Roden of Cullman County won reserve champion for the All Other Breeds (AOB) division during the Junior Beef Expo (JBE) Heifer Show, March 17. He is pictured with heifer Minnie and his father, Rusty.
Sydni Benefield of Cullman County won Bred & Owned (B&O) champion for the he Chianina division during the Junior Beef Expo (JBE) Heifer Show, March 17. She is pictured with heifer SFB Molly RAE 6D and her sister Olivia.
Evan Roden of Cullman County won Bred & Owned (B&O) champion for the Maine Tainer division during the Junior Beef Expo (JBE) Heifer Show, March 17. He is pictured with heifer Daisy Duck and father Rusty.
JBE is presented by the Alabama Farmers Federation and held in conjunction with the SLE Rodeo at Garrett Coliseum.
Haynes Farms Hosts Auburn University College of Agriculture Students
Auburn University College of Agriculture students toured farms across the state March 11-17, including Haynes Farms in Cullman County. The trip was sponsored by the Alabama Wheat & Feed Grain Producers.
Area Farmer Visits Washington, D.C. With A.L.F.A. Leaders
The Agricultural Leaders For Alabama (ALFA Leaders) visited with elected and agriculture officials in Washington, D.C., March 13-16. From left are Cooper Holmes of Perry County, Wendy Yeager of Dallas County, Eli Howard of Cullman County and U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.
County Young Farmers Attend District Meeting
Cullman County Young Farmers were part of a group of 90 Young Farmers members who gathered for dinner at a district meeting at Top of the River March 13. Alabama Farm Credit sponsored the meal. The event included talks from State Young Farmers Chaimran Ben Maples, Alfa Insurance Farm Services Specialist Shane Wootten, Alabama Farmers Federation Governmental and Agricultural Programs Department Director Brian Hardin and Will Ainsworth, candidate for Alabama lieutenant governor.
Cullman County Farmers Federation Supports Liberty Learning Foundation
The Cullman County Farmers Federation donated $2,000 to the Liberty Learning Foundation to teach county students about civics. Pictured are CCFF President Steve Lake and Trisha Bobo.
Cullman County Farmer Joins State Women's Leadership Committee
The State Women’s Leadership Committee met in Montgomery Jan. 31 to discuss its upcoming conference and other events. From left are Women’s Division Director Kim Ramsey; Mobile County’s Debbie Freeland; Cullman County’s Lydia Haynes; and Blount County’s Nell Miller.
Local Farmers Travel To Montgomery For Visits With Legislators
Cullman County Farmers Federation members visited the State House in Montgomery Jan. 30 to meet with legislators and elected officials. From left are Rep. Corey Harbison, R-Cullman; Jeremy Calvert; Ben Haynes; Rep. Randall Shedd, R-Cullman; and Billy Gilley.