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NRCS Participates in Federation 45th Anniversary Meeting

Conservation Showcase


By: Alice Love, Natural Resource Specialist, NRCS, Auburn, AL 

Panel at Federation meeting.

Panel at Federation meeting.

The Federation of Southern Cooperatives hosted their 45th Anniversary starting in Birmingham, Alabama, and ending at the Federation Training Center in Epes, Alabama; during August 16-18, 2012. 

Several agencies such as NRCS, Rural Business Cooperative Service, Office of Outreach Advocacy, US Forestry Service, Rural Development, Farm Service Agency, and other conservation partners were in attendance.

At the Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner in Birmingham, AL,  the 11th Estelle Witherspoon Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Mr. Dick Gregory and Mr. Woodrow Keown, Sr. (1920-2012).  This award is named after Mrs. Estelle Witherspoon who is known for her service to the empowerment of those in her community, advocate for civil rights, social and economic justice.  She was the leader and founder of the “Freedom Quilting Bee” in Alberta, Alabama.

The Annual Meeting was held at the Federation’s Rural Training and Research Center in Epes, AL.  Agency representatives served on an informational panel to increase participant’s awareness and knowledge of various programs.  They addressed present Farm Bill policies and the impacts on agriculture. 

Dr. William E. Puckett, NRCS State Conservationist, and Duane Andrews, Soil Conservationist for Marengo/Wilcox Counties, named the 2013  Alabama Small Farmer of the Year, Mr. and Ms. Richard Smith of Marengo County, Alabama

NRCS group at Federation Meeting.

NRCS attendees at the 45th Annual Federation Meeting. (l-r) Zona Beaty, Greg dansby, Dr. William Puckett,
Duane Andrews, Mr.  and Mrs. Richard Smith, Alice Love, John Hughes, Ben Malone, and Charlie Ramsey.