| Annie Dee |
Alfa Member Since:
Current Office or Board:
Pickens County Board of Directors
Chairman - Pickens County Equine Committee
Previous Office(s) or Board:
Previously served on the Alabama Wheat and Feed Grain Committee, along with:
- Pioneer - Dupont Young Leader
- Pickens County Cattlewomen Past-President
- Alabama Cattlewomen Past -Chaplin
- USDA Grain Inspection Packers-Stockers Administration Past-Advisory Committee
- Rural Medical Scholars Partner
About My Farm:
Along with my family, we own and operate a 10,000-acre farm and ranch.
We have a row crop operation in which we raise corn, soybeans, wheat, rye and sunflowers. No-till is used where possible, but if necessary, we use minimum tillage in the fall after harvest and follow with a cover crop. This year we added 2 irrigation pivots.
We also run a cow-calf cattle operation with Brahma-Angus cross cattle.
In addition to row crops and cattle, we also have timber.
What I Like About Agriculture:
I have a passion for agriculture production. I love raising crops, especially harvesting. I run the combine, and I realize that is the only part of the farming process that actually brings the money in.
I love to see improvements in soil fertility and quality. We have worked hard at this by using cover crops and no-till to build the organic matter.
When not operating the combine I spend lots of days riding a horse moving cattle or getting cattle up to work. I love riding horses.
The Biggest Challenge Facing Agriculture:
The rising input costs on machinery, fertilizer, seed and chemicals make it more and more difficult to make a profit.
I'm Proud Of:
I am most proud of how my children have turned out. My sons both work with me and have learned from example to work as long and hard as it takes to get the job done. They are both happy to be a part of the farming operation. My daughter has found an occupation that she loves and is very happy in her career. It thrills my heart that they are all productive, happy citizens.
About My Family and Faith:
My husband, Ed Sikora, is a plant pathologist at Auburn University. We have three children: Rachel, 27, an activities director at an assisted living facility in West Palm Beach, FL; Seth, 25, who lives and works on the farm alongside his wife, Jodie, and their son, Mason; and Jesse, 25, who also works on the farm. Jesse is married to Leslie, and they have two children, Clay (6) and Carly (4).
We attend the Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Macon, MS.
I received a degree in Animal Industries from Clemson University.
A Good/Bad Day Is...
A good day is any day I get to combine or ride one of my horses. A bad day is when my combine breaks.
You May Not Know...
Some people might not know that I exercise regularly besides working hard on the farm. I like to ride bicycles and hike, and I plan future vacations around these activities.