|Joe Murphy, a member of the Alabama Farmers Federation's State Young Farmers Committee, says 'farming and faith go hand in hand.'
-- Photo by David Cole
Linwood Community, Pike County
Alfa Member Since:
Current Office or Board:
State Young Farmers Committee
State Equine Committee
Pike County Young Farmers Committee
Communications Advisory Committee
Previous Office(s) or Board:
Pike County Young Farmers Chairman
Other Farming Activities:
Alabama Cattleman's Association
Murphy operates eight 500-foot broiler houses, producing about 820,000 broilers annual. In addition, Joe and his father jointly run a 150-head brood cow operation.
What I Like About Agriculture:
"Getting to work with some of God's best resources: animals and land," says Joe.
The Biggest Challenge Facing Agriculture:
"The public's lack of knowledge about our industry," says Joe. "It really trickles down into many facets of what we as farmers do."
I'm Proud Of:
"Raising my family on the farm," says Joe. "I am the fourth generation to work this land, and I'm excited to share the farm lifestyle with my son. I hope that he enjoys it as much as I did and still do."
Joe and Candace, his wife of six years, met while two friends were dating -- "It didn't work for them, but it did for us!" says Joe. Joe and Candace have one 14-month-old son, James Wade.
Joe is deacon at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, where he also serves as treasurer. "Farming and faith go hand in hand, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve God not only within the church, but with my profession as well," says Joe.
You May Not Know This About Me:
Joe's likes? Golfing with friends, history and spending time with family.