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December 19, 2010   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
December 19, 2010

Farm of Distinction winner receives a John Deere Gator, exact model to be determined.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Alabama Farm-City Committee is seeking applications for Alabama's 2011 Farm of Distinction competition, which recognizes outstanding farmers and rewards them with cash and other prizes. The deadline for applications is Feb. 11.

Based on the applications submitted, division winners will be chosen from five areas of the state, plus one at-large winner. These six farms will then compete for the state title and prizes valued at more than $10,000.

SunSouth, TriGreen and Snead Ag Supply will donate a new John Deere Gator to the 2011 winner. In addition, the Alabama Farmers Cooperative (AFC) will present each division winner with a $250 gift certificate and the state winner with a $1,000 gift certificate redeemable at any of its Quality Co-op stores. The state winner also will receive a $2,500 cash award from Swisher International of Jacksonville, Fla.

Division winners will be judged by a panel of agricultural experts who visit each farm. The state winner will be announced during the annual Alabama Farm-City Awards April 11 in Birmingham. Alabama's winner will go on to represent the state in the Southeastern Farmer of the Year competition at the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo in Moultrie, Ga., on Oct. 18-20.

"Agriculture is still Alabama's No. 1 industry, employing about 20 percent of its total workforce," said Jeff Helms, chairman of the Alabama Farm-City Committee and director of public relations and communications for the Federation. "The Farm of Distinction program is one way we can showcase the best farms in our state, recognizing them for hard work, conservation, good management and innovative thinking."

Farms will be judged on environmental stewardship, overall appearance, accomplishments, efficiency and leadership of the farm owner. Any size farm is eligible.

Shep and Rite Morris of Morris & Morris Farms in Shorter won last year's contest. A fulltime farmer for 25 years, he currently farms 3,450 acres with 2,600 acres of rented land and 850 acres of owned land.

The Farm of Distinction Award is presented annually by the Farm-City Committee of Alabama. Applications for the 2011 Farm of Distinction can be downloaded at www.AlfaFarmers.org.

For more information, call 1-800-392-5705, ext. 4212 or email jhelms@alfafarmers.org.

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