FARM OF DISTINCTION TO BE NAMED AT AWARDS PROGRAM
"MONTGOMERY, Ala." Some of the best farmers in the state will be recognized during the annual Alabama Farm-City Awards program April 8 in Birmingham. Children who participated in Farm-City activities also will be recognized during the luncheon at the Wynfrey Hotel, which will include remarks from Commissioner of Agriculture Charles Bishop.
Five farms from across Alabama will compete for the title of the 2002 Alabama Farm of Distinction. This year's nominees include Charles and Lynda Burton of Chambers County, Martin and Jeanette Moates of Coffee County, Andy King of Black & King Farms in Limestone County, Jimmy and Catherine Bassett of Beck's Turf Farm in Macon County and Annie Dee of Dee River Ranch in Pickens County.
The Alabama Farm of Distinction winner will receive a $1,500 cash award and a customized farm sign. The winner also will compete for the Lancaster/Sunbelt Expo 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. Young writers will be honored in the Farm-City Essay Contest, which is open to students in grades 7-9 and 10-12. The first- and second-place winners in each division will receive savings bonds and their schools will receive cash awards.
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.