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April 12, 2010   Email to Friend 

Melissa Martin
(334) 612-5448
April 12, 2010

Jeff Helms, director of public relations and communications for the Alabama Farmers Federation (left), presents Henry County Farm-City Chairman Johnny Lee awards for Overall Best Farm-City Committee for Division I and II and the National Farm-City Award during ceremonies Monday at Birmingham's Wynfrey Hotel.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-- Henry County and Coffee County captured the top awards for committees working to bridge the gap between urban and rural residents at the Alabama Farm-City Awards Luncheon, held April 12 at Birmingham's Wynfrey Hotel.

The Henry County Farm-City Committee, chaired by Johnny Lee, was named the overall Best Farm-City Committee in the state and took top honors in Division II, which includes counties with populations of fewer than 35,600. The runner up for Best Farm-City Committee in this division was Chambers County, chaired by Janet Ison. Other Division II winners were: Cherokee County, Best Farm-City Tour; Chambers County, Scrapbook Award; Barbour County, Innovative Idea Award; Bullock County, Innovative Idea Award; Franklin County, Best Farm-City Dinner; Randolph County, Best Media Coverage and Proclamation; Pike County, Best Civic Club Activities; Marion County, Best Special Activities; and Randolph County, Target Award.

Meanwhile, the Coffee County Farm-City Committee, chaired by Bill McCrary, was named the Best Farm-City Committee in Division I, which includes counties with populations of 35,600 or more. Cullman County, chaired by Lisa Lake, was the division's runner-up. Other Division I winners were: Lawrence County, Best Farm-City Tour; Cullman County, Scrapbook Award; Tuscaloosa County, Innovative Idea Award; Coffee County, Best Farm-City Dinner; Houston County, Best Media Coverage and Proclamation; Russell County, Best Civic Club Activities; Colbert County, Best Special Activities; and St. Clair County, Target Award.

"The Farm-City Awards are important because they recognize the efforts of those who work hard to get out the message that farmers and consumers need one another," said Alabama Farm-City Chairman Jeff Helms. "From production on the farm to the consumption at your dinner table, the ties between urban and rural dwellers remain strong."

The Farm-City Committee of Alabama sponsors the annual awards program. Established in 1955, National Farm-City Week is observed each year the week before Thanksgiving as a way to help bridge the gap between rural and urban residents.

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