Outstanding Young Farm Families (OYFF) were recognized in 12 commodity divisions as the Alabama Farmers Federation concluded its Young Farmers Leadership Conference in Huntsville.

The awards banquet was held in the shadow of a 426-foot-long Saturn V rocket, which is housed at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Davidson Center for Space Exploration.

Federation Young Farmers Director Brandon Moore said the high-tech setting was perfect for this year’s conference.

“With Huntsville's rich history as a leader in technology, it offered a great backdrop to underscore the important role technology plays in modern agricultural production,” Moore said. “The satellites developed here in Huntsville, first used for defense, are now being used to help our farmers maintain a healthy food supply for our families, while producing fiber and fuel with much less impact on the environment. Farmers are now able to use only the specific crop nutrients that a particular area in the field needs, rather than broadly applying treatments to a large area, and space technology developed here in Huntsville plays a major role in that every day.”

More than 350 young farmers participated in the three-day conference, which included educational seminars and the OYFF contest. The OYFF program, now entering its 54th year, seeks to recognize young farm families and farmers between the ages of 18 and 35 who are doing an outstanding job in their farm, home and community activities, and promoting a better understanding of agriculture with the urban populace.

Commodity division winners were: Jamie and Amy Griffin of Shelby County, beef and equine; Isaac Jones of Cherokee County, dairy; Jon and Amy Hegeman of Calhoun County, greenhouse, nursery and sod; John Eberhart Jr. of Dekalb County, hay and forages; Allie Corcoran of Barbour County, horticulture; Mike and Teresa Dole of St. Clair County, meat goats and sheep; Jeremy and Lindsey Brown of Montgomery County, poultry; Benjamin and Miranda Looney of Limestone County, wheat and feed grains; Jason and Leslie Cleckler of Chilton County, wildlife; Stan and Kayla Usery of Limestone County, cotton; and Kevin and Ashlee Stephens of Pike County, peanuts.