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"A bad day on the farm beats a good day doing anything else," says Stanley Usery of the Limestone County Farmers Federation.
Name:
Stanley R. Usery Sr.

Age:
54

Residence:
Athens, Ala.

Alfa Member Since:
1976

Current Office or Board:
Board of Directors, Limestone County Farmers Federation Chairman, Limestone County Poultry Committee

Previous Office(s) or Board:
President, Limestone County Farmers Federation(2002-2010) State Board of Directors, Alabama Farmers Federation State Poultry Committee State Wheat & Feed Grain Committee

Other Farming Activities:
Board of Directors, Alabama Poultry & Egg Association Regional Director, First South Farm Credit Board of Directors, Limestone Farmers County Co-op Board of Directors, National Poultry Technology Center, Auburn University

My Farm:
"Our main farm operation is poultry. My son, Stan, and I have nine broiler houses on two farms. We also grow about 500 acres of row crops -- cotton, corn, soybeans and wheat.

What I Like About Agriculture:
"I grew up on a farm and have never wanted to do anything else," says Stanley. "I love the land and feel that it has been a great life for me and a wonderful place to raise a family."

The Biggest Challenges Facing Agriculture:
"Environmental concerns and encroachment of urban population in the country," he says. " I feel one of the biggest challenges we face as farmers is being able to communicate and educate our neighbors and community about what we do. I feel we must continue to strive to keep a good relationship with people who are not directly associated with a farm, and continue to show how much we as farmers contribute to our local and national economy."

I'm Proud Of:
"I am most proud of my two sons (Stan, 29, and Clay, 23)," said Stanley. "They have been the greatest blessings of my life."

My Family:
Stanley and his wife, Jenny, met in junior high school and have been married 34 years. Stan, their eldest son, is married to Kayla and they have one daughter, 4-year-old Jessa.

My Faith:
Ephesus Church of Christ

Education/Major:
Stanley attend the University of North Alabama in Florence where was a physical education major "but decided my heart was in farming."

A Bad Day Is... "A bad day on the farm beats a good day doing anything else," says Stanley.


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