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April 20, 2009   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
April 20, 2009

Bill McCrary of Coffee County, center, accepts the trophy for the Overall Best Farm-City Committee. McCrary is shown with Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry A. Newby, left, and Alabama Farm-City Chairman Paul Till.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Coffee County and Chambers County captured the top awards for committees working to bridge the gap between urban and rural residents at the Alabama Farm-City Awards, April 20 at Birmingham's Wynfrey Hotel.

The Coffee County Farm-City Committee, chaired by James Aplin, was named the overall best Farm-City Committee in the state and took top honors in Division I, which includes counties with populations of 35,600 or more. The county also received the Innovative Idea Award. The runner up for Best Farm-City Committee in Division I was Cullman County, which is chaired by Sammie Danford.

Meanwhile, the Chambers County Farm-City Committee, chaired by Janet Ison, was named the Best Farm-City Committee in Division II, which includes counties with populations of fewer than 35,600. Henry County, chaired by Ed White, was the division's runner-up.

"These Farm-City Awards are important because they recognize the efforts of those who appreciate the value of building relationships between rural and urban dwellers," said Alabama Farm-City Chairman J. Paul Till. "These are people who work hard to get out the message that farmers and consumers need one another -- one can't survive without the other. It's a symbiotic relationship, and that's what Farm-City is all about."

Established in 1955, National Farm-City Week is observed each year the week before Thanksgiving. The awards program recognized county groups and individuals for activities associated with the annual observance.

Others taking awards in Division I were: Covington County, Best-Farm City Dinner; Jackson County, Best Farm-City Tour; Houston County, Best Civic Club Activities; Elmore County, Best Special Activities; Russell County, Best Media Coverage and Proclamation; and Calhoun County, Best Scrapbook.

Other Division II winners were: Randolph County, Best Scrapbook; Pickens County, Best Media Coverage/Proclamation; Monroe County, Best Farm-City Tour; Butler County, Best Civic Club Activities; Marion County, Best Special Activities; and Winston County, Best Farm-City Dinner.

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