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April 24, 2001   Email to Friend 

AWARDS LUNCHEON HONORS TOP FARM-CITY COMMITTEES
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
April 24, 2001

Coffee County was recognized April 24 for having the best overall Farm-City committee in the state. The presentation was made during the Alabama Farm-City Committee's annual awards program in Birmingham. State Farm-City Chairman, Paul Till, left, and Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry Newby, right, presented the award to Coffee County Farm-City Chairman-elect Steve Wyrosdick.
County volunteers who help bridge the gap between farmers and urban residents were honored at the annual Farm-City Awards Program April 24, at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham. The awards program was held in conjunction with the Alabama Farmers Federation State Women's Committee Conference.

Coffee County was named Best Farm-City Committee in Alabama for Division I, which includes counties with population greater than 35,600. Coffee County also took home the award for the Overall Best Farm-City Committee for the second year in a row. Chambers County was runner-up for the Best Farm-City Committee in Division I.

Pike County was named Best Farm-City Committee in Division II, which includes counties with population less than 35,600. Lamar County was runner-up for the Best Farm-City Committee in Division II.

Counties throughout the state submitted applications for the awards based on projects they completed during the past year to promote Farm-City Week activities. In Division I, Chambers County won first place for the Best Farm-City Tour and Proclamation Award. Lee County took first place for the Best Farm-City Dinner, Russell County won first for the Best Civic Club Activities and Mobile County won first place for the Best Special Activities and was judged Most Improved. Coffee County won the award for the Best Media Coverage.

In addition to winning the overall award for Division II, Pike County won the award for the Best Farm-City Tour, Best Proclamation Award, Best Civic Club Activities and Best Special Activities. Lamar County won top honors for the Best Farm-City Dinner while Cherokee County was honored for the Best Media Coverage and was judged Most Improved for that division.

Young authors and artists also were honored at the State Farm-City Committee Awards Program. The theme for both the poster and essay contests was "From Farm to Family--Food, Fiber and Forests for Life."

Heather Huffstutler of Russell County won first place in the poster contest for K-3rd graders and Tyler Johnson of Talladega County won second in that division. Julie Nicole Ealy of Jackson County won first place in the poster contest for students in the 4th-6th grade while Mary Kate Stough of Montgomery County placed second. Poster contest winners each received a $200 savings bond for first place while their school received $200 cash. Second-place winners each received a $100 savings bond and their schools each received a $100 cash award.

Katlin Mulvaney of Lee County took first place in the essay contest for students in the 7th-9th grade, while Nancy Box of St. Clair County placed second. Lauren Ashley Curtis of Limestone County won first place in the essay contest for students in the 10th-12th grade, and Martin Landry of St. Clair County won second. First-place winners in the essay contest each received a $500 savings bond while their schools received a check for $250. Second-place winners each received a $300 savings bond while their schools received a check for $150.

Contestants qualified for the state awards by winning top honors in their home county. Some of the posters will be reprinted in the 2002 Farm-City calendars.

Driskell Farms in Mobile was named Alabama's 2001 Farm of Distinction during the annual awards program. Bert Driskell and his wife Linda operate the farm in partnership with his brothers Darrell Driskell and Keith Driskell. Collectively, they farm 5,200 acres of cotton, 1,600 acres of peanuts and 150 acres of corn. As the winner of the Farm of Distinction, the Driskells will receive $1,500 and a customized farm sign. They will compete in the Lancaster/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year in October in Moultrie, Ga.

The Farm of Distinction Award is presented annually by the Farm-City Committee of Alabama to the farm that exhibits outstanding management and productivity as well as exceptional appearance and conservation practices.




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