May 02, 2017
By Mary Johnson
For the fifth year, Cullman County won the Overall Best Farm-City Committee Award during the Alabama Farm-City Awards luncheon April 6 in Birmingham. The group also received Division I awards for Best Farm-City Committee, Scrapbook and National Ag Day Promotion. Pictured are Cullman County Farm-City Committee Chairman Ashley Graves and Alabama Farm-City Committee Chairman Jeff Helms.
In 2013, Cullman County’s Farm-City Committee claimed the state award for Overall Best Farm-City Committee. The group hasn't relinquished the top spot on the podium since, as the committee received its fifth overall award during the Alabama Farm-City Awards luncheon April 6 in Birmingham.
Many in Cullman County attribute their sustained success to 2014 Cullman County Farm-City Chairman Doris Patterson, who was named the 2016 Volunteer of the Year. The retired school teacher has been involved in Farm-City for over 30 years and held almost every position on the county committee.
“I just love Farm-City. My vanity tag is for the University of Alabama, but it says Farm-City,” Patterson said. “Cullman is such a wonderful ag community.”
Patterson added that the best part of Farm-City is learning from, and with, hard-working Cullman County volunteers.
Cullman County also took home Division I awards for Best Farm-City Committee, Scrapbook Award and Best National Ag Day Promotion. Division I is for counties with larger populations.
Houston County was named runner-up for Division I Best Farm-City Committee and won an award for Best Special Activities.
In Division II, the Pike County Farm-City Committee continued to stake its claim as Best Farm-City Committee with its third straight win. The committee was also recognized for Best Farm-City Tour and National Ag Day Promotion.
Division II Best Farm-City Committee runner-up Chambers County racked up additional awards for Best Media Coverage/Proclamation and Best Special Activities.
Lawrence County’s Linda Robinson received the Service Award, which is presented to an individual who goes above and beyond to promote Farm-City as part of their job. Robinson recently retired from the Cooperative Extension System after 36 years, and she served as her county Farm-City Committee chairman for 16 years.
Farm-City Week is traditionally observed the week before Thanksgiving. The program began in 1955 and continues with county committees hosting educational events to encourage greater cooperation and understanding among farmers and city folk. The 2016 Farm-City theme was Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet.
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Division I - larger population counties
- Jackson County: Best Media Coverage/Proclamation
- Jefferson County: Best Farm-City Dinner
- Lee County: Innovative Idea Award and Target Award
- Montgomery County: Best Farm-City Tour
- Russell County: Best Civic Club Activities
Division II - smaller population counties
- Barbour County: Innovative Idea Award
- Fayette County: Best Farm-City Dinner
- Lawrence County: Best Civic Club Activities
- Pickens County: Scrapbook Award
- Randolph County: Target Award