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Tom Ingram, "The Flying Farmer"
Name:
Tom Ingram

Age:
85

Residence:
Lee County

Alfa Member Since:
1948

Current Office or Board:
  • President, Lee County Farmers Federation
  • Board Member, Cotton Commission
  • Board Member, Cotton Committee
  • Board Member, Peanut Committee

    Other Farming Activities:
  • Producer, Southeast Cotton Growers
  • Served on National Cotton Council
  • Charter Life Member, Ag Alumni Association at Auburn University
  • Inductee of Auburn University's Agriculture Hall of Honor

    About My Farm:
    I farm cotton and peanuts with two of my sons.

    What I like about Agriculture:
    Everything! I've seen a lot of changes in my life time, but I still love it.

    The Biggest Challenge Facing Agriculture:
    The Farm Bill and the prices we have to pay for fuel, herbicides, insecticides. It's just hard to make ends meet when the prices are so high.

    I'm Proud Of:
    I was the first farmer in the state to trap the boll weevil, and I (helped start) the boll weevil eradication program in Alabama.
    I was also one of the first farmers in the state to go 100 percent no-till.

    Recognition:
  • Southeast High Cotton Award, 2000
  • Outstanding Conservation Tillage Farmer, 1985

    Family, Faith and Education:
    Family:
    My wife, Myrtle Jeanette, and I had four sons - John Jr., Robert, David and Mike - and one daughter, Linda. We have 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

    Faith:
    I am a member of Watoola Methodist Church.

    Education:
    I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education from Auburn University in 1950.

    You May Not Know This About Me:
    I'm a WWII disabled veteran, and I love to travel. I've been back to Europe 19 times since WWII, including trips with Auburn University, Alfa and other organizations. They call me the "flying farmer." I've been to Korea, Brazil, Argentina and Costa Rica, too. Switzerland is my favorite place to go--I've been there three times.


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