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.