CULLMAN COUNTY TAKES TOP HONORS AT FARM-CITY AWARDS
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 11 -- County volunteers who excel in fostering understanding and cooperation among rural and urban residents were honored April 11 during the Alabama Farm-City Awards Luncheon in Birmingham.
|Cullman County Farm-City Chairman Kirk Mancer, left, accepts the award for Best Farm-City Committee from Alabama Farm-City Chairman Jeff Helms.|
Cullman County was recognized as the best Farm-City committee in the state for outstanding activities including a farm tour, banquet, proclamation breakfast, farm product spotlight, video contest, Farm-City Web site and balloon release. Cullman County also won the top award for counties in Division 1 (population 35,600 or more), as well as a category award for Best Scrapbook and the Target Award for best incorporation of the national Farm-City theme of "Agriculture: A Growing Story."
Other winners in Division 1 were: Montgomery County, Best Farm-City Tour; Russell County, Innovative Idea Award; St. Clair County, Best Civic Club Activities and Best Special Activities; and Coffee County, Best Media Coverage/Proclamation, Best Farm-City Dinner, and Runner-Up in Division 1.
Pike County took top honors in Division 2 (population less than 35,600). The Pike County Farm-City Committee also earned the Best Media Coverage/Proclamation Award. Other Division 2 winners were: Cherokee County, Best Farm-City Tour, Innovative Idea Award and Runner-up in the division; Chambers County, tie for Scrapbook Award; Randolph County, tie for Scrapbook Award, Best Civic Club Activities and Target Award; Geneva County, Best Farm-City Dinner; and Henry County, Best Special Activities.
Cullman and Pike counties also received plaques from the National Farm-City Council for winning their respective divisions.
In addition to recognizing outstanding county Farm-City committees, this year the Alabama Farm-City Committee chose to honor an individual with the first-ever Volunteer of the Year Award. This inaugural award was presented to Betty Wilson of Russell County. Mrs. Wilson has served on her county committee for 28 years and has been instrumental in organizing events, recruiting other volunteers and chronicling the activities of the group.
"It is a pleasure to recognize volunteers like Mrs. Wilson who give of their time, energy and talents to cultivate a better appreciation for agriculture among both rural and urban residents," said Alabama Farm-City Chairman Jeff Helms. "With fewer people living on farms than ever before, it's more important than ever that we tell the farmer's story and foster better communication among producers and consumers."
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. For more information, visit www.farmcity.org.