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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

Name:
Joe Murphy

Age:
34

Residence:
Linwood Community, Pike County

Alfa Member Since:
1998

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

My Farm:
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."

My Family:
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.

My Faith:
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.


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