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Two receive Alabama Farmers Federation highest honor

The late John W. Morris and James R. Hudson received the Service to Agriculture Award, ALFA's highest honor.

December 10, 2021

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The late John W. Morris of Jefferson County was honored with the Alabama Farmers Federation’s highest achievement, the Service to Agriculture Award, Dec. 5. His son, Johnny Morris, accepted the award from Jimmy Parnell, ALFA president.ALFA

The Alabama Farmers Federation kicked off its 100th annual meeting Dec. 5 in Montgomery with awards presentations and a salute to a century of serving farmers. Over 1,200 farmers gathered in the Capitol City at the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center.

Two honorees — the late John W. Morris and James R. Hudson — received the Service to Agriculture Award, the federation’s highest honor.

A U.S. Navy veteran and lifelong farmer, Morris invested countless hours spanning decades educating political leaders about issues important to Federation members. Morris was a two-time Jefferson County Farmers Federation president who served on the state board from 1984-2000. In 1997, he was selected to chair ELECT, the Federation’s political action committee. Morris again became Jefferson County Farmers Federation president in 2015, serving until his death earlier this year at age 82.

Service to Agriculture honoree Hudson co-founded the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology to encourage corporations, scientists and nonprofits to cooperatively seek answers to life’s most perplexing challenges through animal and plant DNA. The nonprofit research facility in Huntsville, which opened in 2008, is a world-renowned incubator for innovation. In addition to work on plant and animal research, the company conducts ground-breaking research for diseases that include ALS, Alzheimer’s and cancer.


James R. Hudson received the Alabama Farmers Federation’s highest honor, the Service to Agriculture Award, this evening. Credit: ALFA.

The Federation also recognized statewide winners of Young Farmers contests Sunday evening. Winners will represent Alabama in American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) contests in Atlanta in January.

Kyle Morris of Cullman County won the Discussion Meet contest earlier today, competing against fellow finalists named during the Federation’s Farm & Land Expo this summer. The contest simulates a committee meeting where participants discuss solutions to agricultural issues. As the winner, Morris earned a four-wheeler from First South Farm Credit.

Outstanding Young Farm Family (OYFF) winners Josh and Savannah McCoy were also honored. The Dale County farmers have three sons, Fields, Sutton and Shep, and grow peanuts and cotton. They also operate a state-of-the-art peanut shelling facility, buying point and seed treatment business, which serves farmers nationwide.

As the OYFF, the McCoys receive $35,000 toward a Ford truck courtesy of Alfa Insurance; a John Deere Gator from Alabama Ag Credit and Alabama Farm Credit; and a lease on a John Deere tractor from AgPro, SunSouth and TriGreen.

Source: Alabama Farmers Federation, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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