Committee looks to put city
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 13, 2000
back in Farm City Week
By JAINE TREADWELL
In an attempt to put more "city" in the annual Farm-City Week activities, the Farm-City Committee will highlight the interaction of both communities this year with an emphasis on how the city benefits from the farm.
"This has been a devastating year for farmers and it will have an affect on businesses that depend on agriculture for a large part of their trade," said Max Davis, chairman. "If farmers aren’t buying fertilizer and fuel, tires and implements for their farm vehicles, then these related businesses suffer. We, as consumers of farm products, will feel the effects at the grocery stores and the loss of income with affect the spending power of farmers in the community. What happens on the farm has a direct effect on the city. There is no way to separate one from the other."
This interdependence of the farm and city communities will be the focus of the annual Farm-City Banquet Nov. 14. The theme for the banquet will be "Celebrating 100 Years of Agriculture" and a close look with be taken at how the farm and city communities have been dependent on each other during the past century.
This year’s banquet will be different from recent years in that a guest speaker will take the podium to look at the humor, humility
and heartbreak of life on the farm.
All members of the agricultural community will be the honored guests and all city residents are encouraged to take part in this special celebration and show their support of the farming community and their appreciation for it.
The Farm-City youth awards will be presented at the banquet and the Farm City scholarship winner will be presented.
The Farm-City poster and essay winners will also be recognized and the posters will be on display for everyone to enjoy.
Students for all schools in the county are invited to participate in the contests in an effort for them to showcase their talents, and, at the same time, learn more about the farm-city relationship.
This year, the Farm-City Committee decided to take the Farm-City Week proclamations to the different governmental bodies to be signed.
"In the past, we have asked the majors of the towns and the chairman of the Pike County Commission to meet for the signing of a joint proclamation," Davis said. "This year, we will ask each body to sign a proclamation, therefore, all members of the councils and the commission will take part."
Farm-City Committee is a subcommittee of the Agriculture Committee of the Pike County Chamber and is involved in promoting other events during the year.
Those events for the fall include a pond management seminar TBA;
Deep South Tour, Oct. 7 and 14; South Alabama Electric Annual Meeting, Oct. 31;
Farm Tax Seminar, Nov. 2; Forestry Tour, Nov. 9; and the Brundidge Farm Seminar Breakfast; Peanut Butter Festival; Cattlemen’s Annual Meeting and Treasure Forest Adopt-a-School in Goshen TBA.