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Name:
Joel Bearden

Age:
80

Residence:
Helena, Ala. (Shelby County)

Alfa Member Since:
1952

Current Office or Board:
  • President, Shelby County Farmers Federation
  • Shelby County Commissioner
  • President of Shelby County Cattlemen's Association

    Previous Office(s) or Board:
  • Alabama Farmers Federation Dairy Committee - Board of Directors
  • City Councilman - Helena, Ala.
  • Director of Alabama Farmers Cooperative

    About My Farm:
  • 1,500 acres
  • Grew corn and other crops for silage
  • Grazing permanent pasture and temporary dairy farm

    Our family farm in Helena started Jan. 1, 1929, and we sold our dairy farm Sept. 27, 2000. I ran the farm with my brothers for 50 years. In 25,699 days, we only missed five milkings.

    What I Like About Agriculture:
    I truly loved my years of farming crops and raising cattle.

    The Biggest Challenge Facing Agriculture:
    There are so many challenges farmers face today - government regulations; cost of feed, seed, fertilizer, land and equipment -- that it's nearly impossible for the younger farmers to enter the field without lots of help from family.

    I'm Proud Of:
    My family, my church and my community.

    My wife, Peggy, and I had our first date at a church picnic, and we were married 56 years, 4 months and 19 days before she passed away last November. Together, we had four daughters - Jan Peoples, Mickey Finn, Kim Dudley and Staci Ballard. We also have 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

    My Faith:
    I am a long-time, faithful attendee and Elder of Pelham Church of Christ.

    Education:
    I received a degree in agriculture from Auburn University in 1952.

    A Good/Bad Day Is...
    A good day would be rain during a drought, a warm day in winter and a cool day in summer.

    You May Not Know...
    I ride my bike almost every day. You also may not know that on my 75th birthday, I parachuted out of an airplane.


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