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January 01, 2013   Email to Friend 

Young Farmers Reap Big Prizes In Annual Competitions
Melissa Martin

Top Photo:Jon and Amy Hegeman of Calhoun County were named Alabama’s Outstanding Young Farm Family (OYFF) during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 91st Annual Meeting in Montgomery Dec. 3. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Jon, Amy and Ella Kate Hegeman. Middle Photo:From left are Amy, Ella Kate and Jon Hegeman; and Wendy Tysinger of Alabama Farm Credit and Doug Thiessen of Alabama Ag Credit. Bottom Photo: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.

Jon and Amy Hegeman of Calhoun County were named Alabama’s Outstanding Young Farm Family (OYFF) during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 91st annual meeting in Montgomery, Dec. 3.

The Hegemans, who manage eight acres of greenhouses and established a horse training facility near their home in Anniston, were selected to compete for the award earlier this year after being named the OYFF finalist in the Greenhouse, Nursery & Sod Division. They have a 10-month-old daughter, Ella Kate.

As this year’s winner, the Hegemans received a 2013 Chevrolet or GM pickup truck valued at $35,000, courtesy of Alfa Insurance; a John Deere Gator XUV, courtesy of Alabama Farm Credit and Alabama Ag Credit; lease of a John Deere tractor, courtesy of SunSouth, TriGreen Equipment and Snead Ag dealers; a personal computer system from CCS Technology/Valcom Wireless; and an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 94th annual meeting in Nashville, courtesy of the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Other winners chosen to represent Alabama at the AFBF annual meeting were Excellence in Agriculture Award winner Sarah Butterworth of Etowah County and Discussion Meet winner Andrew Brock of Marshall County. Jon Hegeman of Calhoun County was named first alternate in the Discussion Meet.

Butterworth and Brock each received $1,000 from First South Farm Credit, as well as a plaque and an expense-paid trip to the AFBF annual meeting in Nashville. Hegeman received $500 from First South Farm Credit and a plaque from the Federation.

Applications for the 2013 OYFF program are due Jan. 31 and can be downloaded from AlfaYoungFarmers.org. Contact Young Farmers Director Jennifer Himburg, jhimburg@alfafarmers.org, for details.


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