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June Flowers captured first place in the second annual tablescapes competition at the Alabama Farmers Federation's 38th Annual Commodity Producers Conference Aug. 5-7 in Columbus, Ga.

-- Photo by Debra Davis

Name:
June Flowers

Age:
57

Residence:
Brundidge

Alfa Member Since:
1972

Current Office or Board:
Chairman, Women's Leadership Committee of the Pike County Farmers Federation

Member, Pike County Farm City Committee

Previous Office(s) or Board:
Member, Women's Leadership Committee of the Pike County Farmers Federation

My Farm:
June and her husband, Jackie, are sole owners of J & J Farms, a diverse operation of poultry, cattle, hay and timber.

"My husband started farming when we first married," she said. "He's planted peanuts, cotton, corn and soybeans. Then, in 1997, we purchased six poultry houses, and I helped in the poultry houses until I got so busy with my job.

What I Like About Agriculture:
"What I enjoy most about agriculture was being able to have the opportunity to teach my children about hard work, honesty and having good character," says June. "Agriculture provided my children with a firm foundation to be able to take on the challenges that this world has to offer."

The Biggest Challenge Facing Agriculture:
"The weather!" June exclaims. "Also, the rising cost of production -- commodity prices stay the same while production prices continue to rise, cutting into any profits."

I'm Proud Of...
"I am most proud of the fact that my husband and I were able to spend so much time with our children and with each other," June says. "We have agriculture to thank for that! There are not many jobs out there that you can have that allows you to be with your family. My biggest accomplishment would be my two boys that grew up on our farm!"

My Family:
June and Jackie were high school sweethearts who have been married 38 years. They have two sons, Luke, 31, and Tate, 27.

My Faith:
"I deeply care for my church (St. John's Baptist) and my church family," said June, adding that Jackie grew up in that church.

You May Not Know That ...
June stays busy as a floral designer, decorator and wedding coordinator. Urged to open her own business, she opened "Flowers & More" about a decade ago and now handles silk and live flower arrangements and coordinates weddings from Montgomery to Dothan. "I never could think of a name for the shop, and I was going to Montgomery to get a tax ID number and I thought 'I'd better get a name for it!' So, since I did flowers and more, I just decided to call it that. And since my name is June Flowers, I think it was just meant to be. But it has been a real blessing and very successful."

So it was no real surprise when June's woodsy design -- a tribute to J & J Farms' timber commodity -- captured first place with in the tablescapes competition at the Alabama Farmers Federation's 38th Annual Commodity Producers Conference Aug. 5-7 in Columbus, Ga.

To Me, A Bad Day Is ...
"Having 10,000 chickens to die on you just 48 hours before they were to be caught."

To Me, A Good Day Is ...
"NOT having 10,000 chickens to die on you just before they were to be caught."

-- Compiled by Darryal Ray


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