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.
Cullman County Student Receives $1,750 Agriculture Foundation Scholarship
Auburn University student and scholarship recipient Nathan Duke were recognized during the Alabama Farmers Federation 2017 Scholarship Recipients Luncheon Aug. 19 at the Ham Wilson Arena in Auburn. Duke is a poultry science, production track, student. The R.W. Donaldson Endowed Scholarship is funded by the Cullman County Farmers Federation and Cattlemen's Association. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Duke, Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan and State Board Member Rickey Cornutt.
Local Revenue Commission Employees Sport New Ag Tag T-Shirts
Employees at the Cullman County Revenue Commissioner’s Office showed their enthusiasm for agriculture and education when they received Ag Tag T-shirts recently. They said they look forward to wearing them on casual Friday in the office.
Motorists may purchase an Ag Tag at the local probate office for an additional $50 when renewing registration. Recently redesigned, the tag features a patriotic farm scene and displays the drivers’ commitment to supporting Alabama students and farmers.
“These tags are really nice,” said Cullman County Revenue Commissioner Barry Willingham. “Agriculture remains the largest industry in our County and buying these tags will give our citizens the opportunity to show their pride and support for the industry.”
Funds raised through Ag Tag sales support education and promotion efforts including the annual Alabama Ag in the Classroom Summer Institute for teachers, Farm-City Week programs, college scholarships for students studying agriculture-related degrees, prizes for livestock show competitors and other youth agriculture programs.
“I’m proud to be an Alabama farmer and that agriculture has supported my family for years,” said Cullman County Farmers Federation President Steve Lake. “Buying an ag tag for your vehicle is a great way to promote agriculture and show support for farmers.”
Find out more about the Ag Tag and the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation at www.AlabamaFarmersFoundation.org.
Above photo: From left are Alabama Farmers Federation Area Organization Director Wiley Bailey, Cullman County Probate administrative clerks Deana Wilson and Jamie Phillips and Cullman County Revenue Commissioner Barry Willingham.
Federation Staff Visits Local Goat Farm
Area 2 Organization Director Wiley Bailey "goat" a little crazy during farm visits at the Cullman County farm of State Meat Goat & Sheep Committee member Jimmy Parker May 24.