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December 02, 2012   Email to Friend 

Melissa Martin
(334) 612-5448
December 02, 2012

From left are Mike Pigg and Camp Powers, both of First South Farm Credit; Excellence in Agriculture winner Sarah Butterworth of Etowah County; Discussion Meet winner Andrew Brock of Marshall County and Discussion Meet first alternate Jon Hegeman of Calhoun County.

MONTGOMERY, Ala., Dec. 2, 2012 — Alabama Farmers Federation members from Etowah, Marshall and Calhoun counties were recognized today for their contributions to Alabama agriculture.

Sarah Butterworth of Etowah County received the Excellence In Agriculture Award. Butterworth was recognized for doing an outstanding job promoting agriculture through work, community involvement and leadership activities. Excellence in Ag participants receive their primary source of income away from the farm.

As the Excellence in Ag winner, Butterworth was awarded $1,000, courtesy of First South Farm Credit. She also received a plaque and an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 94th annual meeting in Nashville, courtesy of the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Meanwhile, Andrew Brock of Marshall County and Jon Hegeman of Calhoun County were named the winner and first alternate, respectively, in the Discussion Meet contest. Discussion Meet contestants participated in a 30-minute panel discussion where they examined how experienced farmers could ease the transfer of their operations to the next generation.

As the winner of the Discussion Meet, Brock was awarded $1,000, courtesy of First South Farm Credit. He also received a plaque and an expense-paid trip to the AFBF annual meeting, courtesy of the Alabama Farmers Federation. As first alternate, Hegeman received $500 from First South Farm Credit and a plaque from the Federation.

Other Discussion Meet participants were Kirk Smith of Blount County and Leanne Jenkins of St. Clair County.

In addition to claiming awards as the top contenders in Alabama, Butterworth and Brock will compete for the national titles in their contests during the AFBF annual meeting, Jan. 13-16. National winners in each of the competitions will receive free registration to the AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference in Phoenix, Ariz., Feb. 8-11, and their choice of a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado or a 2013 GMC Sierra pickup valued at $35,000. Runners-up in each event will win $2,500, a 65A Farmall Tractor from Case IH and a STIHL Farm Boss chainsaw from STIHL.

The Alabama Farmers Federation, a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, is the state's largest farm organization with 385,000 members. 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. For more information on the Young Farmers program, visit AlfaYoungFarmers.org.

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