MOBILE FARM SELECTED AS BEST IN ALABAMA
Driskell Farms in Mobile was named Alabama's 2001 Farm of Distinction during the annual Farm-City Awards Program in Birmingham April 24. 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.
|Bert and Linda Driskell of Mobile County, left, were recognized for having the 2001 Alabama Farm of Distinction during the Farm-City Committee of Alabama annual awards program April 24 in Birmingham. Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry Newby, right, presented the Driskells with a farm sign that recognizes their accomplishment.|
Bert Driskell attributes much of the success of the family operation to the working relationship between the three brothers and now the involvement of their children in the farm. The Driskells said their farm has seen tremendous benefits from the Boll Weevil Eradication Program and the introduction of improved cotton varieties. The Driskells also use the Farm Analysis Program that helps farmers determine what crops are likely to be the most financially rewarding. Even with last year's drought, Driskell Farms harvested 630 pounds of cotton per acre and had a peanut yield of 4,000 pounds per acre. In addition to row crops, the Driskells also have 550 brood cows in their successful beef cattle operation.
Driskell Farms was selected from a field of nine district nominees in the Farm of Distinction competition, all of whom were honored during the Farm-City Awards Program April 24. The program was held in conjunction with the Alabama Farmers Federation Women's Conference at the Wynfrey Hotel.
Other nominees included Roger and Brenda Jones of Madison County, Robert and Mary Brown of DeKalb County, Gary and Carolyn Weatherly of Marion County, Butch and Carla Bostick of Tuscaloosa County, Hal and Dordie Hayes of Chilton County, Mose Tucker of Chambers County, John and Nancy Rudd of Russell County, and James and Gayle Snell of Coffee County.
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 Competition 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.