Tuscaloosa County Farmers Federation Earns 2018 Award of Excellence
The Tuscaloosa 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.
Tuscaloosa County Farmers Federation outgoing President Joe Anders, right, accepted the award from Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell.
Outgoing, New Tuscaloosa County Farmers Federation Presidents Recognized
New Tuscaloosa County Farmers Federation President Jim Lavender and outgoing President Joe Anders were recognized during the Presidents Luncheon at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 97th Annual Meeting Dec. 3 in Montgomery. Anders, center, received a plaque for his eight years of service, and Lavender, right, received a pin to commemorate his election. The two are pictured with 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.
Tuscaloosa County Students Participate In Alfa Youth Leadership Conference
Tuscaloosa County students Jackson Smith and Mason Ward sharpened leadership skills during the Alfa Youth Leadership Conference at the 4-H Center in Columbiana Oct. 8-9. Smith attends Hillcrest High School, while Ward is a student at Brookwood High School. They were sponsored by the Tuscaloosa County Farmers Federation. From left are the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Mike Tidwell, Smith and Ward.
Anders Competes In Annual Heritage Cooking Contest
Donna Anders of Tuscaloosa County entered her recipe for Brown Sugar Bacon and Shrimp Bites 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.
Brown Sugar Bacon and Shrimp Bites
12 slices pork bacon, cut in half lengthwise
¾ cup Domino light brown sugar
1 tsp. ground black pepper
¾ tsp. salt
Mix brown sugar, pepper, and salt in a rectangular glass bowl with a wire whisk. Turn bacon to coat
both sides; set coated slices aside on large cookie sheet.
12 large (US wild caught) shrimp, uncooked, peeled, de-veined, tail removed & cut in half
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. minced garlic
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. paprika
Directions: Mix olive oil, lime juice, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and paprika in a rectangular glass bowl with a wire whisk. Turn shrimp to coat. Let marinate in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil; place a greased cooling rack on the baking pan. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
While oven is heating, put a half-shrimp and a half-bacon slice and roll up; secure each bite with a wooden toothpick. Place each bite on the rack with space between.
Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for 20 minutes. Remove with tongs and place on serving platter. A perfect bite-size appetizer for your next family get-together!
Burroughs Brings Home Prize In Annual Quilting Contest
Mary Burroughs of Tuscaloosa County received second place in the baby quilt contest at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 46th Commodity Producers Conference in Montgomery Aug. 4. She won $100, courtesy of the Federation’s Women’s Leadership Division.