Pike County Farm-City Committee Receives Second Prize – The Troy Messenger
The Pike County Farm-City Committee received the Farm-City Committee Top Finalist Award at the Alabama Farm-City Awards Luncheon and Program in Birmingham on Thursday.
Pike County Farm-City Committee Chair Traci Shaver accepted the award from Alabama Farm-City Committee Chair Jeff Helms and expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to serve on the committee at statewide that seeks to strengthen and promote relationships between urban and rural communities. Alabama.
The Pike Count Farm-City Committee also won the award for Best Civic Club Activities. Committee member Abby Peters received the Alabama Farm-City Service Award. Peters won the Farm-City Service Award for going above and beyond the call of duty as County Extension Coordinator. Peters hosted a touch-a-tractor event for students, coordinated virtual activities during the pandemic, and delivered cookies to Troy Regional Medical Center as part of a Farm-City project.
County Farm-City’s operations were judged in two divisions. St. Clair County took the overall award among largest counties – population over 35,600 – while Franklin County took top honors among small counties. Alabama Farm Credit sponsored county prizes for the second year, offering $300 for each division winner, $200 for runners-up, and $100 for division prizes.
Franklin and St. Clair county bridge builders have won honors from the Alabama Farm-City Awards program for their work in cultivating understanding between farmers and their urban neighbors.
Alabama Farm-City Committee Chairman Jeff Helms said the 2021 theme, “Down To Earth: Agriculture Sustains Alabama,” was a rallying cry for educational activities in the county.
“Down to Earth highlights our shared responsibility for environmental protection,” Helms said. “It reminds all Farm-City attendees of their connection to the Earth. Most importantly, Down to Earth provides a forum to understand the importance of maintaining farms and forest lands for future generations. To do this, farmers must have the resources, tools, markets and financial opportunities to succeed.
Farm-City Week was conceived in 1955 and is celebrated the week before Thanksgiving each year. Alabama’s 2021 observance served as the basis for a year-long Down To Earth educational campaign developed by the Alabama Federation of Farmers and other agricultural organizations.