Phelps Wins 2018 Discussion Meet, Claims Prizes At Annual Meeting
Sid Phelps of Dadeville in Tallapoosa County won the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Young Farmers Discussion Meet during the organization’s 97th annual meeting in Montgomery, Dec. 3.
The contest is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation is expected from each participant. Judges look for a contestant that offers constructive criticism, cooperation and communication while analyzing agricultural problems and developing solutions.
Phelps received a new four-wheeler from First South Farm Credit and will represent Alabama at the American Farm Bureau Federation Discussion Meet Contest in January in New Orleans, Louisiana.
From left are First South Farm Credit’s Mike Pigg, Phelps and Federation President Jimmy Parnell.
Tallapoosa County Farmers Federation Earns 2018 Award of Excellence
The Tallapoosa 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.
Tallapoosa County Farmers Federation President Jacob Hodnett, right, accepted the award from Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell.
During the conference, Hodnett received a pin to commemorate his recent election as county president.
Tallapoosa County Women's Leadership Committee Earns Achievement Award
The Tallapoosa County Women’s Leadership Committee was honored with an Outstanding County Award during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 97th annual meeting in Montgomery Dec. 3. The county committee, chaired by Lucy Lawrence, held a legislative meeting and political forum; participated in living streams project with camp ASCA; hosted a firearms safety meeting; and participated in county and state Women’s Leadership programs throughout the year. From left are Federation Women’s Leadership Director Kim Earwood and Lawrence.
Farrow Receives Alabama Farmers Federation Leadership Award
Tallapoosa County Farmers Federation member John Frank Farrow was honored with an Individual Leadership Award for Political Education and Action from the Alabama Farmers Federation during an awards ceremony Dec. 3.
He worked last year to protect farmers and landowners from a proposed property tax increase in Tallapoosa County.
Farrow 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 Farrow.
Tallapoosa County Student Participates In Alfa Youth Leadership Conference
Makenzie Hornsby from Tallapoosa County sharpened leadership skills during the Alfa Youth Leadership Conference at the 4-H Center in Columbiana Oct. 8-9. She attends Reeltown High School and was sponsored by the Tallapoosa County Farmers Federation. From left are the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Mike Tidwell and Hornsby.
Tallapoosa County Student Earns College Scholarship
Auburn University Carley Rehr of Tallapoosa County received a $1,750 scholarship from the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation and Tallapoosa County Farmers Federation. She was recognized at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Scholarship Reception at the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena in Auburn Sept. 20. Rehr is a sophomore studying poultry science, pre-vet track, and is from Alexander City. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Rehr, Federation District 7 Director Joe Lambrecht and Federation Southeast Area Vice President George Jeffcoat.
Watkins Enters Annual Heritage Cooking Contest
Vickie Watkins of Tallapoosa County entered her recipe for Bacon Wrapped Pepper Poppers 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 Wrapped Pepper Poppers
1 block cream cheese, softened
½ cup grated Pepper Jack cheese
4 strips of cooked bacon, crumbled
6 seeded/halved jalapenos (makes 12 halves)
6 slices pork bacon, cut into halves
Directions: Combine cream cheese, pepper jack cheese and crumbled bacon until blended well. Spoon mixture into jalapeno halves. Wrap bacon slices around each pepper and place a toothpick in to secure.
Grill or bake at 350 degrees until bacon is crisp. I prefer grilled as it cooks the jalapenos better. You can also substitute the jalapenos with sweet peppers if you don’t like it too hot. If baking in oven, spray foil lined pan with oil.
Local Farmers Talk Kiwis With EPA Staff
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staff met with Southeast Kiwi Farming Cooperative partners Aug. 16 in Reeltown to discuss Tier 4 emission standards concerns relating to frost protection equipment.
From left are EPA Region 4 Administrator Trey Glenn; EPA Office of Air and Radiation Assistant Manager Bill Wehrum; and Southeast Kiwi Farming Cooperative partners Wayne Bassett and Clint Wall.
Phelps Earns Spot As Discussion Meet Finalist
Sid Phelps of Dadeville in Tallapoosa County was named a finalist in the statewide Young Farmers Discussion Meet at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 46th Commodity Producers Conference in Montgomery Aug. 4. 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. Discussion Meet simulates a committee meeting where contestants examine and problem-solve pressing agricultural issues. As a finalist, Phelps received a Traeger grill courtesy of the Federation. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell and Phelps.
Schultz Earns Prize In Annual Sewing Contest
Brandi Schultz of Tallapoosa County received third place in the youth Christmas tree skirt contest at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 46th Commodity Producers Conference in Montgomery Aug. 4. She won $75, courtesy of the Federation’s Women’s Leadership Division.
Tallapossa County Farmers Visit State Legislature
Tallapoosa County Farmers Federation (TCFF) board members met with members of the Alabama Legislature, including Sen. Tom Whatley and Rep. Mark Tuggle, April 12 at the State House in Montgomery. From left are Tallapoosa County Young Farmers Chairman Jacob Hodnett, Whatley, Vickie Watkins and TCFF President Rod Havens.