|Monroe County Farmers Federation President Martha Jordan, shown here with her 2-year-old granddaughter Julia Hames, once beat out 14 men in a turkey shoot.|
-- Photo by Paul Brown
Alfa Member Since:
Current Office or Board:
President, Monroe County Farmers Federation
Previous Office(s) or Board:
Previously served on the State Women's Committee; 12 years as chairman of the Monroe County Farmers Federation's Women's Leadership Committee; and 15 years as a Food Price Surveyor for the Federation.
A member of the Monroe County Cattlewomen's Association, she received the Alabama Cattle Women's Hall of Honor Award in February 2010. She was the first woman ever elected to the Monroe County Board of Education, and has served on that board since November 1996. She's also served on the Monroe County Education Foundation as as vice-president of the Monroe County Farm Service Agency.
Martha and her husband, Ronnie, farm about 700 acres of cotton, 240 brood cows (Simmental/Angus mix), and 400 acres of hay.
What I Like About Agriculture:
"I like that you can set your own pace," said Martha. "You can get bigger or smaller, and how well you do at harvest is partially determined by your own input and the weather."
The Biggest Challenges Facing Agriculture:
Martha lists those challenges as:
(1.) Staying profitable
(2.) Governmental regulations
(3.) Input costs -- "You have to have a super harvest to pay for seed and fertilizer," she said.
I'm Proud Of:
"I'm proud that my county had the confidence in me to be their president," she said. "Farming is a big deal in Monroe County."
Martha and Ronnie Joe, sweethearts as classmates, married in 1971. In 1982, they and their two daughters, Cherrie (7) and Brianne (3) were chosen the Outstanding Young Farm Family. Today, the girls are married with children of their own. Cherrie J. Wiggins is a teacher with three children: Justin (17), Rebecca (13) and Abbie (5). Brianne J. Hames, a supervisor at Rocky Creek Lumber, has two daughters: Isabella (6) and Julia (2).
Martha is a member of Excel Baptist Church where she teaches Sunday school, leads Girls in Action (Missions), sings in the choir and has served on various committees such as budgets, bylaws and nominations.
To Me, A Good Day Is ...
"A good day is when I go to the parts house and the part is lying on the service desk with my name on it," said Martha. "A bad day is when I get there and have to explain what it is that Ronnie needs."
You May Not Know This About Me:
"I won a turkey shoot against 14 men," says Martha, adding "There seemed to be a collective virus of 'sites off.'"
Martha also played ladies softball for 20 years, mostly tournament play, and played every position except shortstop.