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Marshall County Farmers Federation President Mike Carnes
Name:
Mike Carnes

Age:
54

Residence:
Douglas-Horton Community in Marshall County

Alfa Member Since:
1977

Current Office or Board:
  • President, Marshall County Farmers Federation
  • President, Marshall County Poultry and Egg Association
  • Member, Alabama Farmers Federation State Poultry Committee

    Previous Office(s) or Board:
  • Member, Alabama Cattlemen's Association
  • Member, Alabama Poultry and Egg Association

    About My Farm:
    We own a 320-acre farm that consists of a beef cow-calf operation, seven breeder pullet houses and three breeder hen houses.

    What I Like About Agriculture:
    We face a variety of challenges in livestock production each day. What I like about agriculture is that overcoming these challenges gives me a feeling of accomplishment.

    The Biggest Challenge Facing Agriculture:
    The rising input costs and the lack of available labor.

    I'm Proud Of...
    I am proud that my wife, Regina, and I have been able to earn our income solely from farming for the past 31 years. I am also proud that we were able to raise our daughters on the farm, which taught them the value of hard work while instilling good work ethics.

    About My Family and Faith:
    Regina and I have been married for 34 years. We have twin daughters, Jenna and Stefanie, and a son-in-law, Josh.
    We are members of Bethany Baptist Church.

    A Good/Bad Day Is...
    After years of experience, I have learned that some days can be good and bad. For example, a few weeks ago, a calf was born during a tropical storm and didn't get up, so we had to move it to the barn. After that, a tree fell on a fence and we lost power at the chicken houses. When things finally settled down about 9 p.m., the calf was fine, the generators at the chicken houses were working and we were getting some much-needed rain. This shows that sometimes we have to be able to find the good in each day; that ability is what gives those of us in agriculture the optimism to continue.

    Education:
    I graduated from Douglas High School in 1975.

    Something You May Not Know About Me:
    My hobby isn't hunting, fishing or golfing... it's farming 24/7.


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