Farm City seeks awards nominations

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Pike County Farm-City Committee’s annual Farm-City Banquet will honor members of the Pike County agricultural community who have made outstanding contributions to agriculture during the year 2016. The awards will be presented at the committee’s annual Farm-City Banquet in November.

The committee met Monday morning to discuss events leading up to the awards banquet, the individual awards and to name the chairperson/s for each award.

Jeff Knotts, awards nomination chair, said the nominations are open and anyone who knows of an individual who is deserving of recognition is encouraged to make a nomination.

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“The information requested on the nomination form is not that detailed and should not keep anyone from making a nomination,” Knotts said. “If anyone has questions, the chairpersons for the awards will be able to provide the answers.”

The awards and chairperson for each award are: Beef, James O. Johnson; poultry, Billy Hixon and Steve Stroud; timber, Keith Roling and Debra H. Davis; row crops, Jeff Knotts; conservation, Mark Rhodes; young farmer, Steve Stroud; youth, Heath Wesley; specialty crop, Heath Wesley; service to agriculture, Farm-City Committee; and city award, Kathy Sauer.

“Nomination applications will be distributed to each chairperson,” Knotts said. “Applications will also be available at the Pike/Bullock Farm Service Agency, Pike County Extension Office and the Pike County Chamber of Commerce.”

The deadline for the award nominations is Oct. 21.

The Farm-City Committee agreed to participate in several events that are planned in the county during the fall including, the Pike County Fair, Pioneer Days at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama, the Peanut Butter Festival and Pike County Farm Days, for all third graders in Pike County.

Randy Hale, Farm-City Committee chair, said 2016-2017 will be a busy year for the Pike County Chamber of Commerce’s committee.

“The Farm-City Committee has committed to events all throughout the year,” he said.

“We have several committee members that will be available to speak at clubs and other group events about the Farm-City Committee and its events and activities.”

To inquire about a speaker, call the Chamber office at 334-566-2294.