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November 08, 2007   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
November 08, 2007

Country singer Michael Peterson entertains Farm-City crowd.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Farm-City Committees from Alabama's Coffee and Chambers counties received national awards Wednesday during a luncheon in Washinton, D.C., to kick off National Farm-City Week.

In addition, Jeff Helms, director of the Alabama Farmers Federation's Communications Department, was named to the Board of Directors of the National Farm-City Council.

"Our Farm-City Council partners at the state level play a critical role in helping non-farming consumers understand the vital importance of U.S. agriculture to our economy," said National Farm-City Council Chair Al Pell. "We're pleased to honor several state organizations today for their outstanding work in accomplishing the Farm-City mission."

Pell presented the Coffee County Farm-City Committee and the Chambers County Farm-City Committee with national awards for outstanding accomplishment.

The luncheon also featured country singer/entertainer Michael Peterson as keynote speaker. Peterson spoke eloquently about the value of agriculture and those involved in it. He also entertained attendees by performing from his repertoire of popular songs and chart-topping singles which includes "From Here to Eternity" and "Drink, Swear, Steal & Lie."

Also at the luncheon, the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture presented its first "Book of the Year" award to Alabama native Chuck Leavell whose children's book, The Tree Farmer, was inspired by his own occupation as a tree farmer in Twiggs County, Ga. In addition to his tree farming, Leavell is best known as keyboardist for the Rolling Stones.

Terry Gilbert, a Kentucky farmer and Foundation board member, presented the book award to Leavell.

"The Tree Farmer depicts that we have the ability to produce to enhance our lives. And we should be proud of that," she said.

National Farm-City Week is the week leading up to and including Thanksgiving, Nov. 16-22. It is a nationally designated observance of the interdependence among agriculture, the people who grow the food and the people who eat it. Farm-City events and celebrations will take place in communities around the nation during this week.

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