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December 07, 2008   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
December 07, 2008

Chip and Lisa Stacey of Conecuh County captured the Alabama Farmers Federation's Outstanding Young Farm Family Award during the Sunday morning general session of the Federation's 87th Annual Meeting in Mobile. From left, are: David Howse, CEO of the Federal Land Bank of North Alabama; Chip and Lisa Stacey; Federation President Jerry A. Newby; and Douglas Thiessen, CEO of the Federal Land Bank of South Alabama. The Federal Land Bank was among the prize sponsors.
MOBILE, Ala. -- A Conecuh County couple was named the 2008 Outstanding Young Farm Family of Alabama during the Alabama Farmers Federation's 87th Annual Meeting in Mobile Sunday morning.

Chip and Lisa Stacey, who live near Evergreen, were selected to compete for the award after being named the Outstanding Young Farm Family in the Wheat & Feed Grains Division earlier this year. The Staceys have a diversified farm that includes wheat, soybeans, corn, beef cattle, timber and wildlife.

Chip is a fourth-generation farmer and Lisa is a veterinarian. They are expecting their first child, a daughter, in March.

As the 2008 Outstanding Young Farm Family, the Staceys will participate in many activities promoting Alabama agriculture during the coming year. They will receive a new John Deere Gator sponsored by Federal Land Bank, the use of a new Dodge Nitro for a year, an IBM computer package from ValCom Business Centers of Alabama, a voucher for $250 in Valvoline products and $500 cash from Dodge.

As the Alabama Outstanding Young Farm Family for 2008, the Staceys will go on to compete for the American Farm Bureau Federation's Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award in San Antonio, Texas in January.

Young Farmers Director Brandon Moore said the awards program seeks to honor families like the Staceys, not just for what they are doing, but also for the inspiration they provide other farmers around the state.

"The enthusiasm and energy the Staceys have is apparent in all areas of their farming operation and in the way they conduct themselves," Moore said. "They are an inspiration to other farmers and anyone involved in agriculture."

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