Local Agriculture Leader Meets With Legislators
A.L.F.A. Leader and Lee County farmer Beth Hornsby met with State Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, and State Rep. Joe Lovvorn, R-Auburn, during a dinner Feb. 21 at the Alabama Farmers Federation home office in Montgomery. The dinner was part of a weeklong session for members of the Agricultural Leaders for Alabama (A.L.F.A.) class focused on Federation policy and governmental affairs.
Fatal Vision Program Teaches Life-Changing Lessons
Students at Auburn High School learned the dangers of drunk and distracted driving during a Fatal Vision demonstration Feb. 16. The Alabama Farmers Federation is a sponsor of the Fatal Vision program, which is administered by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA). In left photo, Corporal Jess Thornton of ALEA, left, directed students through a course lined with orange cones while the students wore goggles simulating different levels of drunkeness. In right photo, Federation Area 5 Organization Director David Heflin leads a student through the course.
Learning About Growing Golden Kiwis
Lee County Farmers Federation board member Wayne Bassett demonstrates grafting a kiwi fruit vine as Alabama Farmers Federation Area Oganization directors David Farnsworth and Barrett Gilbert watch.
Book Donation Will Help Area Students Learn About Agriculture
Some of the youngest honorary Lee County Farmers Federation members helped deliver books to area elementary schools recently. Jamison, Jamie Clair and Jonah Lazenby, all grandchildren of Lee County Women's Leadership Committe Chairman Jamie Lazenby, are pictured with Beauregard Elementary School media specialist Annette Vordenbaum. They donated the book First Peas To The Table, an accurate ag book, to the school library. The Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation and Alabama's Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) bought nearly 1,000 books for school libraries across the state.
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.
Women's Leadership Committee Thinks Pink
It was an explosion of pink as the Lee County Farmers Federation's Women's Leadership Committee participated in the 12th "Think Pink" Walk in Opelika Oct. 8 at the courthouse square. The group wore pink Alfa Insurance hats, which were sold as part of the #AlfaCares Campaign. The event benefitted the East Alabama Medical Center's Breast Health for Underserved Women program.
Lee County Students Studying Agriculture Receive College Scholarships
Auburn University students and scholarship recipients from Lee County were recognized during the Alabama Farmers Federation 2016 Scholarship Recipients Luncheon Aug. 27 at the Ham Wilson Arena in Auburn. Mary Kendall Dixon of Salem graduated from Smiths Station High School and studies agricultural communications. Jack Slay of Opelika graduated from Opelika High School and studies pre-biosystems engineering. Ryan Ferrell of Auburn graduated from Auburn High School and studies animal sciences, pre-vet track. The $1,750 scholarships were funded by the Lee County Farmers Federation and the Federation’s Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Dixon, Ferrell, Slay, Lee County Farmers Federation President Mahlon Richburg, Federation State Board Member Joe Lambrecht and Federation Southeast Region Vice President George Jeffcoat. Not pictured are recipients James Dowdell and Lucinda Daughtry.
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