By Lora Scripps
The Alabama Farmers Federation stresses the fact that Alabama farmers grow the food, fiber and forest products the state depends on for daily living. Officials with the federation said a new economic impact study reveals agriculture also fuels economic growth and job creation in the state.
According to the report and officials, Alabama agriculture and related industries are a $70.4 billion a year business and create 580,295 jobs, or about 22 percent of the workforce.
According to officials, these facts also illustrate how “Alabama Agriculture is Growing for You and Me,” the theme of this year’s Farm-City Poster Contest.
Limestone County 4-H members recently had the opportunity to compete in the annual contest, which was open to fourth- through sixth-graders.
“The theme was to inspire students to create interesting and visually compelling posters,” 4-H Agent Assistant Lisa Towe said. “The posters were judged on relevance to the theme, creativity, originality, attractiveness and neatness, and overall appearance.”
The Limestone County Farmers Federation provided the prize money for both students and teachers in Limestone County.
Winners of this year’s contest include:
• First place — Ava Whitmire, a fifth-grade student in Karen Skarp’s class at Creekside Elementary School. Ava received $30 and another $30 was awarded to her classroom. Ava’s poster will be part of the upcoming state competition where she will have the chance to win $200 for herself and another $200 for her classroom.
• Second place — Drew Bradford, a fifth-grade student in Cynthia Newton’s class at Creekside Elementary School. Drew received $20 and $20 was awarded to his classroom.
• Third place — Miracle Scott, a fifth-grade student in Lynn Hodge’s class at Tanner High School. Miracle received $10. The same amount was given to her class.
Limestone County 4-H is a United Way participant and is coordinated through the Limestone County Extension Office of the Alabama Cooperative Extension.