Carpenter Receives Prizes As 2018 Excellence In Agriculture Winner
Samantha Carpenter of Madison in Limestone County won the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Excellence in Agriculture contest earlier this year and received her prizes during the organization’s 97th annual meeting in Montgomery Dec. 3.
The contest recognizes individuals who derive a majority of their income outside farming, but do an excellent job promoting agriculture. Participants were evaluated on their involvement in agriculture, leadership skills, and involvement and participation in the Farmers Federation and other organizations.
Carpenter received a zero-turn mower courtesy of Corteva Agriscience and a computer package courtesy of Valcom Wireless and CCS Technology. From left are Corteva Agriscience’s Cullen Wiggins, Carpenter and Federation President Jimmy Parnell.
Carpenter will represent Alabama at the American Farm Bureau Federation Excellence in Agriculture competition in January in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Limestone County Farmers Federation Earns 2018 Award of Excellence
The Limestone 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.
Limestone County Farmers Federation President Jeff Peek, right, accepted the award from Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell.
Oustanding Young Farmers Committees Receive Recognition
County Young Farmers committees received Awards of Excellence during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 97th annual meeting in Montgomery Dec. 2. They were honored for agricultural promotion, outreach and education efforts in 2018.
From left are representatives from Colbert, Lee, Calhoun, DeKalb, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa and Limestone counties. Etowah, Houston and St. Clair counties also received Awards of Excellence.
Newby Receives Alabama Farmers Federation Senior Leader Award
Limestone County Farmers Federation member Jerry Newby received the Senior Leader Award from the Alabama Farmers Federation during an awards ceremony Dec. 3.
Newby has a long history of serving Alabama farmers, most notably as Alabama Farmers Federation president from 1998 to 2012. He has served on the county Federation Board of Directors for 42 years and is a past member of the State Young Farmers Committee and State Cotton Committee.
Nationally, Newby was a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors and served on the National Young Farmers Committee.
Newby received the award during the second general session of the Federation's 97th Annual Meeting in Montgomery, which drew over 1,200 attendees to the Capital City. From left are Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan and Newby.
The Senior Leader Award is reserved for individuals who are over 70 years old and have served as a county Farmers Federation president, State Women’s Leadership Committee chair or Federation State Board member.
Limestone County Students Participate In Alfa Youth Leadership Conference
Limestone County students Hannah Music, Natalie Lovell and Kaitlyn Burroughs sharpened leadership skills during the Alfa Youth Leadership Conference at the 4-H Center in Columbiana Oct. 8-9. Music attends Ardmore High School, while Lovell and Burroughs are students at Elkmont High School. They were sponsored by the Limestone County Farmers Federation. From left are the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Mike Tidwell, Music, Lovell and Burroughs.
Lewis Competes In Annual State Heritage Cooking Contest
April Lewis of Limestone County entered her recipe for Bacon Stuffed Pastry 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 Stuffed Pastry
1 lb. cooked and chopped bacon
8 oz. cream cheese
16 oz. sour cream
2 cups shredded cheese
¾ cup chopped green onion
¼ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. black pepper
¼ tsp. salt
¾ cup chopped tomato
1 Tbsp. dry Ranch dressing
Directions: Mix the cream cheese with sour cream. Blend in remaining ingredients. **Optional: ½ cup chopped yellow pepper to add color**
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 stick butter
Directions: Bring water and butter to boil. Stir in flour. Remove from heat. Stir until it forms a boil. Beat in eggs one at a time. Beat for 2 minutes. Place by spoonful on cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Slice open center to stuff with bacon filling.
Sandlin Graudates From A.L.F.A. Leaders Program
Tyler Sandlin of Athens in Limestone 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 Sandlin, who is a regional Extension agent specializing in agronomy.
Limestone County Young Farmers Compete, Win Awards In Annual Contests
Five Limestone County ag enthusiasts competed in 2018 Young Farmers contests at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 46th Commodity Producers Conference in Montgomery Aug. 4. Chad Spencer of Lester and Brady Peek and Ross Looney, both of Athens, were among 15 competitors in Discussion Meet, which simulates a committee meeting where contestants examine and problem-solve pressing agricultural issues. In Excellence in Agriculture, Samantha Carpenter of Madison and Leigha Smith of Elkmont competed. Excellence in Agriculture contestants are involved in agriculture but derive less than half their income from production ag. The competition consists of an application, PowerPoint presentation and question-and-answer session with judges. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Smith, Carpenter, Looney, Spencer and Peek.
Carpenter won the Young Farmers Excellence in Agriculture contest. She will receive a zero-turn mower from Dow AgroSciences and a computer package from Valcom/CCS Wireless. She will also compete for the national title at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual convention in New Orleans in January.
Peek was named a finalist in the statewide Young Farmers Discussion Meet. 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. As a finalist, Peek received a Traeger grill courtesy of the Federation.