APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR ALABAMA'S FARM OF DISTINCTION
MONTGOMERY, Ala.,- The Alabama Farm-City Committee is seeking applications for Alabama's 2003 Farm of Distinction competition, which recognizes outstanding farmers and rewards them with cash and other prizes.
|Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry Newby, left, presents a customized farm sign to 2002 Farm of Distinction winners, Charles and Lynda Burton of Chambers County during last year's award ceremony.|
Based on the applications submitted, division winners will be chosen from five different areas of the state, plus one at-large winner. These six farms will then compete for the state title and a $2,500 cash prize. Division winners will be judged by a panel of agricultural experts who will visit each farm. The winner will be announced during a ceremony in Birmingham, April 28. Alabama's winner will go on to represent the state in competition for the Lancaster/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year that will be named in October. The Sunbelt winner will receive $14,000 plus several prizes.
"Operating a farm is becoming more and more challenging," said J. Paul Till, chairman of the Alabama Farm-City Committee. "It is important that we recognize farms that can serve as an example for others to follow."
Farms will be judged on environmental stewardship, overall appearance, accomplishments, efficiency and leadership of the farm owner. Any size farm is eligible for the competition.
Copies of the application form for the 2003 Farm of Distinction are available on the Alfa Farmers website at http://www.alfafarmers.org/farm-city. For more information, call 1-800-392-5705, ext. 4410 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for application is March 15.
Click here to download an application form.