Jon and Amy Hegeman of Calhoun County were named Alabama’s Outstanding Young Farm Family (OYFF) during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 91st Annual Meeting in Montgomery.



The Hegemans, who manage eight acres of greenhouses and established a horse training facility near their home in Anniston, were selected to compete for the award earlier this year after being named the OYFF finalist in the Greenhouse, Nursery & Sod Division.

They have a 10-month-old daughter, Ella Kate.

The OYFF program, now in its 55th year, seeks to recognize young farm families and farmers between the ages of 18 and 35 who do an outstanding job on the farm and in the community.

OYFF finalists also promote a better understanding of agriculture with the urban populace.

As this year’s winner, the Hegemans will promote Alabama agriculture across the state through a variety of activities.

They also will receive thousands of dollars in cash and prizes including a nicely equipped 2013 Chevrolet or GMC pickup truck valued at $35,000, courtesy of Alfa Insurance; a John Deere Gator 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 CCS Technology/Valcom Wireless; and an expense-paid trip the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 94th Annual Meeting in Nashville, courtesy of the Alabama Farmers Federation.



Federation Young Farmers Director Jennifer Himburg said the Hegemans’ win is a testament to their dedication to agriculture and the organization.



“Though I’ve worked with Jon only a few months, I’m incredibly impressed by his commitment to being a leader in the Federation and the Young Farmers program,” said Himburg. “Jon and Amy seek not only to develop their leadership skills, but to create those opportunities for others as well. Both Jon and Amy’s level of dedication and work ethic is evident, and it’s great to see them recognized.”