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Sammy Williams, shown here with wife Joan, operates a row crop, beef cattle and timber operation in Houston and Henry Counties.

-- Photo by Boyd Deal

Name:
Sammy Williams

Age:
60

Residence:
Columbia

Alfa Member Since:
1974

Current Office or Board:
Director of District 12, Alabama Farmers Federation State Board

Previous Office(s) or Board:
Previously served as Henry County Farmers Federation; member, State Young Farmers Committee; and chairman of Henry County Young Farmers.

Other Farming Activities:
Member of the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, the Henry County Cattlemen's Association and National Corn Growers Association.

My Farm:
"Our farm is a row crop, beef cattle and timber operation located in Henry and Houston Counties in southeast Alabama," said Williams. "Our row crop production includes peanuts, cotton, corn and small grains. The beef cattle portion of the farm is a cow-calf operation. Our farm is a partnership between my brother, Andy, and my brother-in-law Glenn and myself. Our farm is in its fourth generation and we still retain some of the land from the first generation."

What I Like About Agriculture:
"What I like most about agriculture is that every day is different, and also that I am able to be a part of something much bigger than myself," said Williams.

The Biggest Challenge Facing Agriculture:
"The biggest challenge facing agriculture today is providing a way for young people to financially consider farming as a profession in the United States," he said. "If we don't, the family farm as we know it will cease to exist."

I'm Proud Of:
"The accomplishment that I am most proud of is being able to live the life I would have planned for myself," said Williams. "I enjoy going to work every day."

My Family: Sammy and wife Joan, who met on a blind date while attending Auburn University, have been married for 35 years. They have two children: Sam, 29 (and his wife, Heather), and Katie, 22, both Auburn graduates. "We also have one grandson, Smith, who is 3 and already a big Auburn fan!" said Williams.

Education/Major
Williams holds a bachelor's of science degree in agricultural economics from Auburn University. Joan holds a bachelor's of science and master's of education degrees from Auburn.

My Faith
"I am a third-generation member of the Columbia United Methodist Church, which was founded in the early 1830s," said Williams. "In a small church such as ours, each member has several jobs. At this time, I am blessed to serve as Administrative Council chairman and as Lay Leader. I also serve as worship service song leader, which I really enjoy."

To Me, A Good Day Is ...
"A good day for me is a slow, easy rain falling on the metal roof of our farm shop," said Williams.


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