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January 08, 2008   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
January 08, 2008

Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry A. Newby, left, and Federal Land Bank of North Alabama President and CEO David A. Howse of North Alabama, right, congratulate the 2007 Outstanding Young Farm Family, Chris and Monica Carroll of Dale County and their children Brittney and Blake.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The 30-minute video profiling the contestants in the Alabama Farmers Federation's 2007 Outstanding Young Farm Family contest -- along with the selection of the winning family -- will air Wednesday, Jan. 9, 5:30 p.m., on RFD-TV, announced Kevin Worthington, director of the Federation;s Broadcast Relations, who produced the video.

The segment will be repeated Saturday, Jan. 12, at 3:30 p.m. Check local listings as the times may vary in some markets.

Chris and Monica Carroll of Dale County, along with daughter Brittney and Blake, were named the 2007 OYFF winner at the 86th annual meeting of the Alabama Farmers Federation last December in Mobile. The Carrolls, who live near Ariton, operate a diverse farming operation that includes cattle, poultry, commercial vegetables and timber.

The Carrolls, who will represent Alabama in the American Farm Bureau Federation's national Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher competition next week in New Orleans, advanced to the finals after winning the horticulture division.

Other finalists included: Beef Division -- Chad and Stacy Tribble and children Gracie and Gabe of Limestone County; Wildlife Division -- Will and Kendall Ainsworth of Guntersville; Greenhouse Nursery & Sod -- Rob and Angie McHugh and sons Nick, Ridge and Cove of Steele; Forestry Division -- Chip and Lisa Stacey of Evergreen; and Cotton Division -- Gaylan and Angie Shelly and children Valen, Drew, Alana, Brandon and David of Atmore.

The OYFF program, now in its 51st year, seeks to recognize young farm families and farmers between the ages of 17 and 35 who are doing an outstanding job in their farm, home and community activities, while promoting a better understanding of agriculture with the urban populace.

OYFF competition for 2008 will begin Feb. 8-10 when more than 300 young farm families from throughout the state gather in Mobile for the Federation's Young Farmers Leadership Conference.

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