Limestone County farmers Stan and Kayla Usery were named Alabama’s Outstanding Young Farm Family (OYFF) during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 92nd annual meeting in Montgomery.

The Userys live in Elkmont with 7-year-old daughter, Jessa, and farm around 700 acres of winter wheat, soybeans, cotton and corn and manage nine broiler houses.

As this year’s winner, the Userys will promote Alabama agriculture across the state.

They also will receive more than $60,000 in prizes including a nicely equipped 2014 Chevrolet or GM pickup truck, courtesy of Alfa Insurance and the Federation; a John Deere Gator 825i XUV, courtesy of Alabama Farm Credit and Alabama Ag Credit; lease of a John Deere tractor, courtesy of SunSouth, TriGreen Equipment and Snead Ag dealers; a personal computer system from Valcom Wireless/CCS Technology; and an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 95th annual meeting in San Antonio.

Now in its 56th year, the OYFF program recognizes young farm families and farmers between the ages of 18 and 35 who do an outstanding job on the farm and in the community.

The Userys were selected to compete for the award earlier this year after being named one of six OYFF finalists.

While Stan and Kayla were both raised on family farms, they agree their love for agriculture has only deepened over time. Today, Kayla spends a bulk of her time educating the county’s high school students, leaving Stan to do what he does best — farm.

“I always knew I wanted to be involved in agriculture,” said Stan, who established his own operation after graduating from Auburn University in 2005.

“I wanted to start farming full time as soon as I graduated high school, but my parents were adamant about me going to college. Looking back, I’m glad I went (to Auburn) because it gave me time to mature, ground myself and eventually become a smarter farmer.”