Alabama’s Outstanding Young Farm Family will take home a truckload of prizes from the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 91st annual meeting this year – literally. The 2012 winner will receive a new GM model truck valued at $35,000, courtesy of Alfa Insurance.
Winners also will be selected for the Young Farmers Discussion Meet and the Excellence in Agriculture program during the annual meeting, which takes place in Montgomery Dec. 2-3.
“We’re thrilled to have Alfa Insurance offering a brand new GM vehicle to this year’s Outstanding Young Farm Family for the first time in the history of the competition,” said Young Farmers Director Jennifer Himburg. “Along with the new 825i John Deere Gator courtesy of Alabama Ag Credit and Alabama Farm Credit, the winning family will go home with more than $50,000 worth of prizes in recognition of their determination and hard work.”
Other prizes for the 2012 OYFF, which is nationally referred to as the Achievement Award, include the lease of a John Deere Tractor from TriGreen, SunSouth and Snead Ag; a computer package from Valcom/CCS Wireless; and an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) annual meeting in Nashville in Jan 13-16.
Discussion Meet and Excellence in Agriculture winners receive $1,000 each, an expense-paid trip to the AFBF annual meeting in Nashville and a plaque. The runner-up in the Discussion Meet receives $500 and a plaque. First South Farm Credit and the Alabama Farmers Federation are furnishing the prizes for those contests.
National winners in each of the competitions receive free registration to the AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference in Phoenix, 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.
Also during the state annual meeting, the Geneva County Reaper will be honored with the Federation’s 2012 Communications Award for its coverage of agriculture news. Geneva County Women’s Leadership Committee Chairman Sharon Turner and Geneva County Farmers Federation President Charles Turner nominated the newspaper’s editor, Jay Felsberg.
More than 1,200 members of the Alabama Farmers Federation are expected to participate in the annual meeting at the Renaissance Hotel and Montgomery Convention Center.
Gov. Robert Bentley will give remarks at the opening session Dec. 2. Members have the opportunity to attend a concert by Grammy-award winner Dwight Yoakam that evening.
Five hundred voting delegates will discuss policy and elect leaders, including president of the 380,000-member Federation, during the final business session, Dec. 3. President Jerry Newby announced earlier he would not seek re-election this year.
Political strategist Karl Rove is the keynote speaker for the closing session. Known as the architect of George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns, Rove is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, a Fox News commentator and best-selling author.