TOP FARM-CITY COMMITTEES HONORED
"MONTGOMERY, Ala" County volunteers who help bridge the gap between farmers and urban residents were honored at the annual Farm-City Awards Program April 8, at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham. The awards program was held in conjunction with the Alabama Farmers Federation State Women's Committee Conference.
|The Russell County Farm-City Committee took home top honors at the annual Farm-City Awards Luncheon April 8, in Birmingham. From left are State Farm City Committee Chairman Paul Till, Russell County Farm-City Committee Members Ben Bowden, Caroline Batcheldor, Charles Mason, Jo Anne Laney, Kelvin Perkins, Suzy Gunnels, John Rudd, Mary Ann Bowden and Jimmie Batcheldor, and Farmers Federation President Jerry Newby.|
Russell County was named Best Farm-City Committee in Alabama after qualifying for the award by earning top honors in Division I, which includes counties with populations greater than 35,600. Lee County was the runner-up for that division. Among counties with populations of less than 35,600 (Division II), Pike County took top honors while Pickens County was runner-up.
Counties throughout the state submitted applications for the awards based on projects they completed during the past year to promote Farm-City Week. In Division I, Russell County won awards for Best Media Coverage, Best Civic Club Activities and Best Special Activities. Lee County was honored for Best Farm-City Tour; Coffee County had the Best Farm-City Dinner; and Talladega County won the Proclamation Award.
In Division II, Pike County was recognized for Best Media Coverage, Best Special Activities and for having local governments sign proclamations celebrating Farm-City Week. Pickens County took home trophies for Best Farm-City Dinner and Best Civic Club Activities while Bibb County was honored for having the Best Farm-City Tour.
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 "Agriculture--We Can't Live Without It."
Christine Chamblee of Cullman County won first place in the poster contest for K-3rd graders, and Chandler Mulvaney of Lee County won second in that division. Will Dorriety of Baldwin County won first place in the poster contest for students in the 4th-6th grade while Kellie Smith of Calhoun County placed second. Poster contest winners each received a $200 savings bond for first place while their schools received $200 cash. Second-place winners each received a $100 savings bond, and their schools received $100 cash awards.
James E. Cooper III of Macon County took first place in the essay contest for students in the 7th-9th grade, while Skylar Moore of Jackson County placed second. Jennifer Stannard of Shelby County won first place in the essay contest for students in the 10th-12th grade, and Heather Parker of Calhoun County placed 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, and their schools received checks 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.
Burton Farms of Chambers County was named Alabama's 2002 Farm of Distinction during the annual awards program. Charles Burton and his wife, Lynda, operate the 1,700-acre farm which includes 1,100 acres of forestland and a 260-cow commercial beef herd. As this year's winner, the Burtons 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.