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Alabama House and Senate Recognize Eufaula Couple

Amelia Dortch

Release No.: 0000013.17

EUFAULA, Ala., March 14, 2017 – Russell and Jewell Bean of S&B Farm have been recognized for their outstanding achievements. Alabama’s House and Senate created proclamations honoring the Beans’ work on their farm and in their community. The Barbour County Soil and Water Conservation District and Alabama’s USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service collaborated with the Alabama House and Senate to honor and commend the Eufaula, Alabama residents on March 3, 2017. 

During a ceremony, Eufaula’s Mayor Jack Tibbs and County Commission Chairman, Earl Gilmore, presented the Beans with proclamations that stated that they were recognized because of their commitment to agriculture, dedication to their community and for their selection as Alabama NRCS’ 2017 Small Farmer of the Year and the 2016 National Lloyd Wright Small Farmer of the Year. 

The Beans are the primary operators of the 88-acre family farm where they raise goats, pigs, chickens, cows, ducks and rabbits. They also grow a variety of fruits and vegetables including strawberries and kale.

The Beans first took over the family farm when Jewell Bean’s father passed at the age of 96. After researching as much as they could about farming and meeting with local USDA staff, they were able to get the idle operation back on track. Through mindful conservation and diligence, the Beans have been able to make several improvements on their land. Taking it a step further, they’ve made it their mission to share their knowledge with other small and beginning farmers by hosting training seminars and workshops on their farm in collaboration with USDA, Tuskegee University, Auburn University, Alabama A&M University and their local Resource Conservation & Development Council.

Their dedication to the farm and their commitment to being good stewards of the land make them worthy of recognition from their state legislature. Congratulations to the Beans for your many outstanding achievements.



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