September 2009
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AFC-Sponsored Farm Couples Study Importance of Cooperative Business Structure at Annual Conference


Heath & Sally Rae Darnell of Hillsboro were sponsored by Lawrence County Exchange.


There were 24 young couples sponsored to the 2009 Alabama Co-op Couples Conference, a three-day conference where participants had an opportunity to learn how cooperatives affect their everyday life. The conference was hosted by the Alabama Council of Cooperatives. The 34th annual conference was held at the Hilton Beachfront Garden Inn in Orange Beach. Five of these couples where sponsored by their local Quality Co-op. Other sponsors included AgFirst Farm Credit, Southern States Cooperative, First South Farm Credit, Federal Land Bank Association, Dairy Farmers of America, CoBank, Alabama Rural Electric Cooperatives and Tennessee Valley Authority.

Each year two couples are chosen to return the next year as hosts for the new group of couples. Also, two additional couples are chosen as alternates. This year, three of the four couples selected were sponsored by Quality Co-ops. These couples are Heath and Sally Rae Darnell, as host, and, as alternates, Jamie and Amy Griffin, and Skyler and Haley Hays.

Jamie & Amy Griffin of Montevallo were sponsored by Mid-State Farmers Cooperative.


Skyler & Haley Hays of Athens were sponsored by Limestone Farmers Cooperative.

Robert & Donna Martin of Piedmont were sponsored by Calhoun Farmers Cooperative.


Walt & Lacy Richardson of Leroy were sponsored by Farmers Cooperative Market.