October 2018
Co-op Matters

Carpenter Claims Excellence in Agriculture Award


Samantha Carpenter of Madison in Limestone County won the Young Farmers Excellence in Agriculture contest at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 46th Commodity Producers Conference in Montgomery Aug. 4. Carpenter will receive a zero-turn mower from Dow AgroSciences and a computer package from Valcom/CCS Wireless. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell and Carpenter.

Alabama Farmers Cooperative’s (AFC) Samantha Carpenter claimed the Excellence in Agriculture award in August during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Annual Commodity Conference.

Carpenter, a Madison native, pinpointed several agriculture issues that impact Alabama and how to overcome them. Carpenter deals with these issues firsthand as she serves as AFC’s Digital Media and Public Relations Manager.

"Samantha is an invaluable asset to AFC and its members," said Jim Allen, vice president of advertising." During her six years at AFC, Samantha has worked hard to combat current agriculture issues and place AFC and agriculture in a positive spotlight."

Carpenter competed against six other participants. Excellence in Agriculture participants are involved in agriculture but derive more than half their income off the farm.

Competing in Excellence in Agriculture for two years gave me a better appreciation of Alabama’s agriculture, said Carpenter.

"To compete against some of the best agricultural advocates in the state is humbling," said Carpenter. "Seeing the drive and passion young farmers and professionals have for our industry within the state makes me excited to take that momentum and represent Alabama at the national level."

Carpenter will represent Alabama at the American Farm Bureau Meeting in New Orleans during January.