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April 11, 2013   Email to Friend 

Jeff Helms
April 11, 2013

Alabama Farm-City Committee Chairman, right, congratulates Cullman County Farm-City Chairman Cherrie Haney, left, for winning Overall Best Farm-City Committee in Alabama.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala, April 11 -- Volunteers committed to strengthening consumer trust in agriculture were honored at the Alabama Farm-City Awards today in Birmingham.

Cullman County was recognized for having the Overall Best Farm-City Committee in Alabama after winning first-place among larger counties and winning awards for Best Farm-City Tour and Best Scrapbook. Geneva County took top honors among smaller counties as well as division awards for Best Innovative Idea and Best Media Coverage and Proclamation.

“With fewer people living on farms than ever before, it is important to educate consumers about how their food and fiber is produced,” said Alabama Farm-City Chairman Jeff Helms. “These counties excelled because they formed partnerships among farmers, businesses and government officials to conduct tours, dinners and other activities that foster cooperation and understanding. Relationships built through Farm-City will pay dividends for years to come as these counties enhance economic development and consider public policies impacting agriculture.”

For the awards program, counties are divided into two divisions. Counties with populations of more than 35,600 are judged in Division 1, while counties with fewer people make up Division 2.

Runner-up for Best Farm-City Committee in Division 1 was Coffee County, which also was recognized for Best Civic Club Activities in the division. Other Division 1 winners were Lawrence County, Best Innovative Idea; Montgomery County, Best Farm-City Dinner; Dale County, Best Media Coverage and Proclamation; St. Clair County, Best Special Activities, and Lee County, the Target Award for best adaptation of this year’s theme, which focused on food safety.

In Division 2, Pike County was runner-up for Best Farm-City Committee and won for Best Farm-City Tour and Target Award. Other Division 2 winners were Chambers County, Best Scrapbook; Henry County, Best Farm-City Dinner; Randolph County, Best Civic Club Activities and Franklin County, Best Special Activities.

During the awards program winners were named in the Farm-City poster, essay and multimedia contests.

Dee River Ranch of Pickens County was named Alabama Farm of Distinction and will represent Alabama in the Southeastern Farmer of the Year competition at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga., Oct. 15-17.

Observed the week before Thanksgiving, Farm-City Week began in 1955 as a way to foster cooperation and understanding between farmers and their city neighbors.

For more information about the poster, essay, multimedia and Farm of Distinction contests visit www.AlfaFarmers.org.

Click here to see all the pictures from the 2013 Farm-City Awards.

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