DEKALB COUNTY COUPLE NAMED OUTSTANDING YOUNG FARM FAMILY
MOBILE, Ala. -- Josh and Jessica Turner of Sylvania in DeKalb County were named Alabama's Outstanding Young Farm Family during the Alabama Farmers Federation's 89th annual meeting in Mobile today. The Turners, who operate a poultry and cattle farm, were selected to compete for the award earlier this year after being named the Outstanding Young Farm Family in the Poultry Division of the Alabama Farmers Federation. They have three children: a daughter, Harlee (6) and sons Griffin (4) and Jake (2).
|Josh and Jessica Turner of DeKalb County captured the 2010 Outstanding Young Farm Family award at Monday night's closing session of the 89th Annual Meeting of the Alabama Farmers Federation. Among the prizes presented were a new John Deere Gator, courtesy of Alabama Ag Credit and Alabama Farm Credit. From left, are: Doug Thiessen of Alabama Ag Credit, Josh and Jessica Turner with children Griffin, Harlee and Jake, Ben Gore of Alabama Farm Credit and Federation President Jerry Newby.|
As Alabama's Outstanding Young Farm Family, the Turners will participate in many activities promoting Alabama agriculture during the coming year. They will receive thousands of dollars in cash and prizes, including a John Deere Gator courtesy of Alabama Ag Credit and Alabama Farm Credit; a personal computer package courtesy of Valcom/CCS Wireless; a one-year lease of a John Deere tractor courtesy of Tri-Green, SunSouth and Snead Ag; $500 cash from Dodge; the use of a new Chevrolet Traverse from the Alabama Farmers Federation; and an expense-paid trip to the 2011 American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting where they will compete for the Young Farmers Achievement Award.
With 30 head of beef cows, six broiler houses and three children, the Turners lead a busy life, but for them, "busy" is the only lifestyle they have ever known. Josh began his career as a poultry producer while he was still in high school when he leased two broiler houses from his grandfather and great uncle. Years later, he and Jessica have six poultry houses of their own that are equipped with computerized monitoring systems to increase efficiency and productivity. They also have a successful hay business that complements their beef cattle operation.
The Alabama Farmers Federation is the state's largest farm organization and is a member of American Farm Bureau Federation. The Young Farmers program provides opportunities for young farm families to become involved in the organization and offers leadership training and experience to expand the varied interests of young Alabamians.