The Jefferson County Farmers Federation Board includes, Jimmy Carmack, Norman McClure, Alvin O. Anderson, Edwin E. Snider III (Bubba), Women's Leadership Committee Chairman Kathy Anderson, J. Michael Jenkins, President John W. Morris, Randy Gilmore, Vice President Joel S. Earnest, Barry L. Jenkins, Secetary & Treasurer Rhonda R. Hughes, Young Farmers Chairman Brooks Hobson Baker IV, Jeffery Braswell and Johnny W. Morris II
JEFFERSON COUNTY FARMERS FEDERATION CELEBRATES FARM LIFE AND CITY LIVING
The 2016 Jefferson County Farm-City Celebration was held Nov. 22 at the Boutwell Memorial Auditorium with monetary prizes awarded to six students throughout Jefferson County for their entries into the annual Farm-City Poster contest.
This year's poster contest theme, "Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet," garnered over 150 students entries. Winners in the K-3 category were 1st place, DaQuan Streeter, Avondale Elementary; 2nd place, Karyme Ocampo-Hernandez, Huffman Academy; and 3rd place, Sadie Blair, Avondale Elementary. In the 4th-6th grade category, winners were 1st place, Freddie Nelson, Liberty Park Middle School; 2nd place, Psi Lane, Kermit Johnson Elementary; and 3rd place, Darcy Phillips, Leeds Middle School.
In addition to recognizing the winners of the 2016 Jefferson County Farmers Federation (JCFF) poster contest, six scholarship recipients were recognized. For several years, scholarships have been awarded to Jefferson County students who enter agricultural fields of study. By supporting collegiate education in all fields of agriculture for the county?s students, JCFF is developing future leaders and helping support the future of agriculture.
"This is one of the most important things that this organization does," said John Morris, JCFF president. "With these scholarships, students can go and get a quality education, learn the new technologies and research and bring that back to the farm so that farmers can produce the food and fiber needed to support families in Alabama."
Today, one farmer feeds about 155 people, using less land and fewer resources than 30 years ago. We cannot have a healthy planet with hungry people. Agriculture is combating hunger by increasing production and developing superior varieties of seeds that are drought-resistant and fortified with key vitamins and nutrients.
The final part of the program, presented the inaugural Agriculture Appreciation Award to Steve Parsons, DVM, of McAdory Veterinary Associates. In addition to practicing veterinary medicine, Parsons serves as mayor of Sylvan Springs and raises cattle, horses and other large livestock on an 80-acre farm in Jefferson County. Jefferson County Commissioner Jimmy Stephens of District 3 nominated Parsons for the award.
Alabama farmers live this year's theme: "Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet." They work every day as caretakers of the air, water, soil, plants and animals to provide healthy food for others. While we can all thank a farmer for growing the food we enjoy daily, it's important to remember the chain involved in moving food from the field to the fridge. We also must thank the grocers, truck drivers, bankers, veterinarians, food scientists and countless others who are integral in getting food and materials from the farm to families.
To view pictures from the 2016 JCFF Farm-City Celebration, visit https://www.facebook.com/JeffCoFarmersFed/
Warrior Day is an annual event hosted by the City of Warrior. The Jefferson County Farmers Federation hosts a tent at the celebration each year in cooperation with Alfa. Read more about prizes and contests hosted by The Federation for Warrior Day on our Facebook Events page.
JEFFERSON COUNTY STUDENTS STUDYING AGRICULTURE RECEIVE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
Auburn University students and scholarship recipients from Jefferson County were recognized during the Alabama Farmers Federation 2016 Scholarship Recipients Luncheon Aug. 27 at the Ham Wilson Arena in Auburn. Christian Baker of Birmingham studies horticulture. Rachel Kuntz of Trussville studies environmental science. Doston Nichols of Trussville studies poultry science, pre-vet track. Janet Roberts of Vestavia studies natural resources management, and Caleb Tanner of Hoover studies forestry. The $1,750 scholarships were funded by the Jefferson County Farmers Federation and the Federation’s Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Baker, Kuntz, Nichols, Roberts, Tanner, Jefferson County Farmers Federation President John Morris and Federation Central Region Vice President Dean Wysner. Not pictured is William Tynes of Mountain Brook.