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Marshall Prickett of Jacksonville was president of the Calhoun County Farmers Federation for five years, on its board for 35 years and now serves on the state board of the Alabama Farmers Federation.

-- Photo by Kyle Hayes

Name:
Marshall Prickett

Age:
76

Residence:
Jacksonville

Alfa Member Since:
1962

Current Office or Board:
District Director, State Board of Alabama Farmers Federation (2 years)

Previous Office(s) or Board:
President, Calhoun County Farmers Federation (5 years) Director, Calhoun County Farmers Federation Board (35 years)

Other Farming Activities:
Past Board Member, Calhoun County Cattlemen's Association Past Member, Exchange Club Charter Member, Calhoun County Homebuilders Association Commissioner, Calhoun County Commission (8 years)

My Family:
Marshall and wife Margaret have been married 52 years. They have three sons -- Mark (45), who is a full-time partner on the farm; Michael, who was a New Year's Day baby almost 44 years ago; and Matthew (40). The Pricketts also have five grandsons and three granddaughters.

My Farm:
The Prickett farm covers about 500 acres with 300 in cotton and about 150 in corn and soybeans. Between 80 and 90 of those acres are irrigated from a creek that runs through the farm. It also has 30 head of beef cattle and six broiler houses

"Our farm has been in the family since before the Civil War," said Marshall. "My great grandfather was killed in that war, and the deed abstract on the farm showed that it was deeded to the federal government by native Americans."

My Faith:
Member of the Angel Grove Baptist Church where he has served as Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent and Training Union director.

What I Like About Agriculture:
"I've had a lifetime background in farming," says Marshall. "There's no better place to raise a family."

Biggest Challenge Facing Agriculture:
"There are many challenges," he says. "Regulations, weather, cost and a shortage of people willing to take on the challenge to farm."

I'm Proud Of:
"My faith, family and friends and an opportunity to work with others in farming," says Marshall. "I've been really blessed to have a good marriage, good kids and grandkids."

A Good Day/Bad Day Is ...
"A good day is getting up in the morning," he says. "I don't have many bad days."

You May Not Know:
Marshall was a star center and co-captain on the Alexandria High School football team, lettering four years for the legendary high school coach Lou Scales whose "Split T" offense caused headaches for much larger teams.

In the 1960s, Marshall, a member of the Alabama National Guard, was working a construction project at Fort Knox, Ky., when he was activated and reassigned to a Guard unit out of Owensboro, Ky., during heightened tensions of the Cold War brought on by the Berlin Conflict. While his own unit was not activated, Marshall was reassigned to Fort Stewart, Ga., where he trained as a radar operator on a 75mm gun.

The Fort Knox job wasn't Marshall's last, however -- he was a general building contractor for 50 years.


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