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December 07, 2009   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
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December 07, 2009

Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry A. Newby presents the Outstanding Young Farm Family Award to the Shelly family of Atmore in Escambia County. The Shellys were awarded a new John Deere Gator by the Federal Land Bank Association of Alabama. From left are, Newby, the Shelly family (Gaylan Shelly with Breah, Drew, Kaleigh, Angie, Alana and Valen) and sponsors Doug Thiessen and Ben Gore of the Federal Land Bank of South Alabama.
MOBILE, Ala. -- Gaylan and Angie Shelly of Atmore were chosen as the 2009 Outstanding Young Farm Family during the Alabama Farmers Federation's 88th annual meeting here Monday night.

The Shellys, who have five children and nearly 2,400 acres of row crops, were selected to compete for the award after being named the Outstanding Young Farm Family in the Cotton Division earlier this year.

The Shellys have a diversified farm that includes cotton, corn, soybeans and wheat. They increased their profit margin over the last couple years by adding grain storage facilities and a trucking business, Gaylan said.

As the 2009 Outstanding Young Farm Family, the Shellys will participate in many activities promoting Alabama agriculture during the coming year.

The Shellys will represent Alabama at the American Farm Bureau Federation's Annual Meeting in Seattle, Wash., Jan. 10-13, and will receive the use of a 2010 Dodge Journey, $500 cash from Dodge, a John Deere Gator courtesy of the Federal Land Bank of Alabama, a new computer package from ValCom Wireless/CCS Technology Centers located in Abbeville and Dothan, Ala., and several other prizes.

Gaylan, 35, grew up in a farm family in Escambia County. He still farms with his dad, Arlan, and although they aren't partners, Gaylan said they share equipment and often help each other on their respective farms.

Both Gaylan and Angie said they like their children growing up on a family farm. Angie, 32, home schools the older children and is president of the local home school association.

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

"The Shellys exemplify all that is good about agriculture," Moore said. "They not only run their farm well, but truly are examples of how faming is more than just a job, it is a wonderful way of life."

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