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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Lamar Dewberry, president of the Clay County Farmers Federation, is a former agriscience teacher at Lineville High School.

-- Photo by David Farnsworth

Name:
Lamar Dewberry

Age:
52

Residence:
Lineville

Alfa Member Since:
1981

Current Office or Board:
President, Clay County Farmers Federation

Previous Office(s) or Board:
Vice President of Clay County Farmers Federation; and board member, Clay County Farmers Federation.

Other Activities:
Founding Committee Member of State Wildlife Committee, 8 years, now serving second round on committee; Alabama Farm of Distinction 2008; State Tree Farm Committee; Natural Resource Outreach Committee; and Alabama Tree Farmer of the Year 2006.

My Family:
Lamar and wife, Felicia, have two children: Nathan (Elizabeth) Dewberry and Abby (Jay) Stewart; and three grandchildren -- James and Selah Dewberry and Mattie Stewart.

My Faith:
Faith, family, then everything else. Lamar is member of Lineville Baptist Church where he is adult Sunday school teacher.

What I Like About Agriculture:
Watching plants and animals grow. Every day is different. You may think you know how the day will go, but hardly ever does it go the way you have it planned.

I'm Proud Of:
My family. My son Nathan and daughter Abby graduated from Auburn with degrees in horticulture. Nathan is now a student minister and Abby is a poultry farmer.

The Biggest Challenge Facing Agriculture:
The disconnect between rural people and city people. People take our food and fiber for granted, not knowing what it takes to get it to the consumer.

You May Not Know:
When I taught agriscience, I took a group of students to the National FFA Convention, and were the first group from Alabama to win a national team contest in forestry. The only other time this has been done was by a former student of mine.

Four of his Lamar's students at Lineville High School became ag teachers, three became foresters and eight earned degrees before Lamar retired from teaching in 2003. Lamar and Felicia opened their own real estate company, Mountain Streams Realty, in 1997.

-- Compiled by Darryal Ray


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