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Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686

MONTGOMERY Eugene and Rita Glenn of Lawrence County operate one of the state's most technologically advanced farms. Their willingness to incorporate new ideas into their family farm contributed to their being named Alabama's 1999 Farm of Distinction. The farm was chosen from 10 nominees statewide to receive the prestigious award.

The Glenns, along with the other nominees, were honored April 26 in Birmingham during the Alabama Farm-City Awards Program held in conjunction with the Alabama Farmers Federation Women's Seminar.

The Glenns grow corn, wheat and soybeans on their 1,600-acre farm near the Hillsboro community. The Glenns' sons, Don and Brian, are partners in the family farm which has been recognized for soil conservation practices.

Farm-City Committees from Coffee and Pike counties also will be honored for their 1998 Farm-City Week activities. Briana Buttarazzi of Baldwin County and Caleb Hall of Blount County took top honors in the Farm-City poster contest for their age divisions. Both were awarded a $200 savings bond. Runners-up were Hunter Reid Abbot of Talladega County and Kurt Ingram of Pike County, both of whom received a $100 savings bond.

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. Doug Rigney, state committee chairman, said the Glenns will represent Alabama in regional competition at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga., in October.

In other 1998 Farm-City Week competitions, the Coffee County Farm-City Committee took home top honors as best overall in Division I, which includes counties with populations of more than 35,600. In this year's judging, Coffee County also was recognized for the Best Media Coverage. Coffee County was runner-up in the best overall judging last year.

Lee County was the runner-up for best overall Farm-City Committee in Division I and was recognized for Best Civic Club Activities. Chambers County won the award for Best Farm-City Tour; Calhoun County won the Proclamation Award; Jackson County won Best Farm-City Dinner and Cullman County won Best Special Activities.

In Division II, the Pike County committee was named best overall. The county also won the top award for that division last year. Pike County also was recognized for having the Best Farm-City Tour, Proclamation Award and Best Special Activities.

Also in Division II, Chilton County was recognized for the Best Farm-City Dinner; Lamar County won Best Media Coverage; and Randolph County won Best Civic Club Activities.

Farm-City Week is observed nationally each year the week before Thanksgiving as a way to bridge the gap between rural and urban residents.

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