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February 20, 2001   Email to Friend 

ALABAMA'S TOP YOUNG FARM FAMILIES SELECTED
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
February 20, 2001

Division winners in the Outstanding Young Farm Family competition are, from left, seated; Beef winners Allen and Connie Jones of Blount County; Catfish winners Lindsey, Hannah Nichole and Wes Garner of Greene County; Wheat & Feed Grains winner Clay Loveday of Madison County; Cotton winners Rodney and Susan Rhodes of Escambia County; Poultry winners Prentiss, Lake, Jennifer and Levi Romine of Lauderdale County; Back row, Forestry winners Robb and Casey Brannan of Mobile County; Peanut winners Chris and Natasha Adams of Covington County; Soybean winner Stuart Sanderson of Limestone County; Dairy winner Laird Cole of Hale County; Horticulture winners Kristy and Bryan Schell of Baldwin County; and Pork winners Missy and Tim Donaldson of Cullman County.
"BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --" Some of the state's best young farmers were recognized as top producers in their commodity field during the Alabama Farmers Federation Young Farmers Conference in Birmingham Feb. 16-18. One of those farm families will be named the Outstanding Young Farm Family of Alabama later this year at the Federation's annual meeting in December.

Allen and Connie Jones of Blount County, along with their children Houston and Hannah, raise 425 head of cattle on their family farm, in Blountsville and were named winners in the Beef Division. They have been farming for 17 years and in addition to their beef operation have four broiler houses and a 200-acre hay operation. Wes and Lindsey Garner of Greene County, along with their daughter Hannah Nichole, were named the winners in the Catfish Division. They have 157 acres on their family farm in Eutaw, including 43 acres in catfish production. They have been farming for four years.

Rodney and Susan Rhodes of Escambia County grow 770 acres of cotton on their family farm near Brewton and were the winners in the Cotton Division. They have been farming for 11 years and in addition to cotton have 250 acres of peanuts.

Laird Cole of Hale County has 370 head of dairy cattle on his farm near Newbern and was the winner in the Dairy Division. He has been farming for six years and hopes to expand his farm and provide more tours for area young people.

Robb and Casey Brannan of Mobile County, along with their son, Dalton, were the winners in the Forestry Division. They have 179 acres of timberland on their family farm in Citronelle. They have been farming for seven years and in addition to their timber operation have 175 acres of hay. Bryan and Kristy Schell of Baldwin County, along with their children, Dustin, Ashley and Rebekah, were the winners in the Horticulture Division. They have 20 greenhouses on their family farm in Elberta. They have been farming for nine years.

Chris and Natasha Adams of Covington County, along with their son Reid, were the winners in the Peanut Division. They grow 180 acres of peanuts on their family farm near Andalusia. They have been farming for six years and in addition to peanuts, raise 470 acres of cotton.

Tim and Missy Donaldson of Cullman County, along with their children Lane and Hannah, were the winners in the Pork Division. They operate their family farm near Cullman. They have been farming for 11 years and in addition to pork, have beef cattle and poultry houses on their farm.

Prentiss and Jennifer Romine of Lauderdale County, along with their sons Levi and Lake, were the winners in the Poultry Division. They have two breeder hen houses on their family farm near Anderson. They have been farming for 11 years and in addition to poultry, have 167 head of beef cattle.

Stuart Sanderson of Limestone County was the winner in the Soybeans Division. He grows 800 acres of soybeans on his family farm near Madison. He has been farming for 10 years and in addition to soybeans, raises 2,000 acres of cotton, 400 acres of corn, 300 acres of wheat, 100 acres of milo and 100 acres of millet.

Clay Loveday of Madison County, who operates his family farm near Huntsville, was the winner in the Wheat and Feed Grains Division. He has been farming for nine years. He has 98 acres of corn, 106 acres of wheat, 238 acres of soybeans and 176 acres of cotton.

Each division winner received a plaque and $200 and will compete later this year for the overall title of Outstanding Young Farm Family of Alabama. That winner will be named in December at the Alabama Farmers Federation's annual meeting in Mobile and will receive a home computer and the year's use of a sports utility vehicle.

A part of the Alabama Farmers Federation, the Young Farmers Division sponsors the contest to recognize young farm families and farmers between the ages of 17 and 35 who are doing an outstanding job in their farm, home and commodity activities. It also strives to promote a better understanding of agriculture with the urban population. The Alabama Farmers Federation and Federation county commodity committees also assist in the selection and honoring of the young farmers and farm families on the county level.


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