Young farmers representing 12 agricultural commodities were honored recently as division winners in the Alabama Farmers Federation's Outstanding Young Farm Family (OYFF) competition.

Held during the Federation's Young Farmers Leadership Conference (YFLC), the competition recognizes young farmers and farm families between the ages of 18 and 35 who do an outstanding job in their farm, home and commodity activities.



Of the 12 division honorees, six finalists were selected to compete for the title of overall OYFF at the Federation's 92nd annual meeting in Montgomery, Dec. 5-6.

Alabama's OYFF winner will receive a prize package valued at more than $60,000, including a new GM truck valued at $35,000, courtesy of Alfa Insurance; lease of a John Deere Tractor, courtesy of SunSouth, TriGreen Equipment and Snead Ag dealers; a John Deere Gator XUV 825i, courtesy of Alabama Farm Credit and Alabama Ag Credit; and a personal computer package courtesy of ValCom Wireless and CCS Technology.

The winning family also receives an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation's 2014 annual meeting in San Antonio, where they will represent Alabama in the national Achievement Award competition. The trip is courtesy of the Alabama Farmers Federation.



OYFF commodity division winners were: Justin Hill of Calhoun County, Bee and Honey Division; Jim and Jessica Yance of Henry County, Beef Division; Lance and Stephanie Miller of Blount County, Cotton Division; Benjamin Brown of Etowah County, Dairy Division; James and Rosa Walker of Lauderdale County, Equine Division; Colin and Kristy Wilson of Jackson County, Hay and Forage Division; Cody and Cassie Young of Barbour County, Horticulture Division; Daniel and Jessica White of Randolph County, Meat Goat & Sheep Division; John and Jennifer Bitto of Baldwin County, Peanut Division; Greg and Michele Edwards of Russell County, Poultry Division; Stan and Kayla Usery of Limestone County, Soybean Division; and Jamie and Wendy Yeager of Dallas County, Wheat and Feed Grains Division.



The six finalists who will compete for the overall OYFF title in December are the Bitto, Edwards, Miller, Usery, Yance and Yeager families.   



While the OYFF competition is a highlight of the two-day event, the Young Farmers Leadership Conference also offered more than 200 attendees a chance to participate in educational workshops and seminars on trust, leadership, committee growth and agricultural legislation.



At the opening banquet held at the U.S. National Infantry Museum, keynote speaker David Horsager offered attendees what he believes is the single-most advantageous trait one needs to be successful — trustworthiness.

A native Minnesotan, Horsager grew up on a kidney bean and potato farm and has since become an author, business strategist and organizational leadership professor. His book,The Trust Edge, was the focus of his seminars, where he led an in-depth, interactive conversation with attendees on the eight pillars of trust: consistency, clarity, compassion, character, contribution, competence, connection and commitment.