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FARM-CITY PROGRAM RECOGNIZES ALABAMA FARMERS
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686

MONTGOMERY Some of the best farmers in Alabama will be honored at the State Farm-City Awards Program and luncheon May 1 at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham. Outstanding Farm-City committees throughout the state and children who participated in Farm-City activities also will be recognized during the luncheon.

Eleven district representatives will compete for the title of the 2000 Alabama Farm of Distinction. They are Hamilton Farms of Lawrence County, owned by G.T. and Kathleen Hamilton; Cedar Creek Farms, Jon and Laura Petree of Franklin County; Bryant & Son Farms, Neal and Sandra Bryant of Jackson County; Boothe & Boothe Farms, Tony and Dot Boothe of Pickens County; Shaw Farms, Raymond and Sara Shaw of Coosa County; Ioka Farm, Inc., Jim and Catherine Brady of Perry County; Roamers' Roost, Husky and Alice Kirkwood of Chambers County; Talbot Farm Service, Frank and Nedetria Talbot of Pike County; White-Paul Farms, Hybard and Vivian Paul of Clarke County; Leo Hollinger Jr. Farm and Cattle Co., Leo and Jeannie Hollinger of Wilcox County; Doug Dalrymple Farm, Doug and Ann Dalrymple of Coffee County. In addition to a $1,500 cash award and a customized farm sign, the state winner will compete for the Lancaster/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year in October.

Winners in two divisions of the Farm-City Poster Contest (grades K-3 and 4-6) will be recognized during the program. Winners will receive savings bonds and their schools will receive a cash award.

Winners will be named in the new Farm-City Essay Contest that is open to students in grades 7-9 and 10-12. The first and second place winner in each division will receive a savings bond and their school will receive a cash award. County Farm-City committees compete in two divisions, counties with a population greater than 35,600 and counties with a population less than 35,600. The Best Farm-City Committee will be named in each division and an Overall Best Farm-City Committee will be named. County Committees also will be recognized by division for various projects and accomplishments they have achieved in the past year.

Tickets for the Farm-City Awards Program are $26 each and must be purchased prior to April 27. To order tickets, contact Leanne Gilmore of the Alabama Farmers Federation at 1-800-392-5705, ext. 4410.


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