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Committee preps for Farm City Week

Troy Mayor Jimmy Lunsford, center, and Goshen Mayor Jack Waller, left, signed a proclamation Tuesday declaring the week of Nov. 19-25 Farm-City Week in Pike County. Al Roton, right, represented Banks at the signing. Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage was unable to attend. (Photo/ Jaine Treadwell)

Mayors from the Pike County municipalities met at the Pike County Chamber of Commerce Office Tuesday morning to sign a proclamation designating Nov. 19-25 Farm-City Week in Pike County.

Following the signing of the proclamation by Troy Mayor Jimmy Lunsford and Goshen Mayor Jack Waller, the Pike County Farm-City Committee met to finalize plans for the 2010 Farm-City Awards Banquet.

Jeff Knotts, awards committee chair, said that the deadline for award nominations is Oct. 20. The awards committee will meet to verify the winners on Oct. 21 and will notify the winners.

“Anyone can nominate a person they feel has done an outstanding job in any one of the awards areas,” Knotts said. “We have a many people in the agricultural community that are deserving of recognition so we encourage nominations from the public.”

Knott said the application is rather simple and the chairs of the award areas will provide any assistance needed.

The award areas and chairs are beef, Jessie Dorrill; poultry, Jeff Amlong; timber, Mac Prince; row crops, Jeff Knotts, conservation, Randy Hale; young farmer, James Jordan; youth, Tammy Powell; and specialty crop, Mark Jordan.

The service to agriculture award is a Farm-City Committee award.

Nomination applications will be available at the Pike/Bullock Farm Service Agency, the Pike County Extension Office and the Pike County Chamber of Commerce or from any of the awards chairs.

The annual Farm-City Awards Banquet will be held on Nov. 11 at Cattleman Park. Tickets will be available in mid-October.

Fall is a busy time for the Farm-City Committee. The committee will have a booth at the Pike County Fair, Oct. 5-9 and at the Peanut Butter Festival in Brundidge on Oct. 30.

The theme for this year’s Farm-City Week is “Agriculture: A Growing Story” and that will be the theme for the annual Farm-City Week poster contest and the topic of the Farm-City Week essay competition. The poster contest is open to students in the elementary schools throughout the county and the essay contest is open to high school students.

The winners of the poster and essay contests will be recognized at the Farm-City Awards Banquet.

Other Farm-City Week activities include the mini-farms, job swap and farm tour.

Randy Hale, committee chair, said the Pike County community is encouraged to be a part of Farm-City Week activities, which celebrate the working relationship between the urban and rural communities.