April 2017
Co-op Matters

Simply Southern Television Show Now on RFD-TV

A new partnership with national network RFD-TV will expose people across the country to "Simply Southern TV," a show produced by the Alabama Farmers Federation and Alabama Farmers Cooperative.

Tune in to RFD-TV Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Central Time to relive the first season of "Simply Southern TV." Each 30-minute episode introduces viewers to unique and interesting parts of the state with segments on rural tourism, educational and community events, agriculture and gardening.


"This show has been one of the most effective public relations projects the Federation has initiated in the last 20 years," said Jeff Helms, Federation Communications director and "Simply Southern TV" executive producer. "By offering a mix of stories, we hope to entertain and educate viewers while still appealing to the core membership bases of the Federation and AFC. We’re really looking forward to the new partnership with RFD-TV so we can share the story of farming and rural Alabama with people across the country."

Over three seasons, the "Simply Southern TV" crew has ventured from Orbix Hot Glass in the foothills of the Appalachians to the Gulf Coast Zoo near the state’s southern beaches. Reports have covered browsing goats uncovering Birmingham’s mining history, a single mom poultry farmer and students benefitting from the state’s dual enrollment program.

AFC Public Relations Director Jim Allen plays a dual role with the show as executive producer and co-host.

Allen has been attacked by police dogs trained at AMK9 Academy in Anniston, had knives thrown at him while at Old Town near Dothan and been used as a prop for a whip-cracking demonstration by Cowboy Bruce Brannen of Montgomery.

"I’m fired up to be promoting Alabama on television again," Allen said. "I’ve worked closely with the Federation through the years and, believe me, ‘Simply Southern TV’ is a perfect union of two of the most respected agricultural organizations in the Southeast."

Samantha Carpenter of AFC is responsible for the community and educational reports, and Sidney Phelps handles gardening reports sponsored by his employer, Bonnie Plants. From the Federation staff, Kevin Worthington serves as director and reporter, Matt Wilson serves as producer and Mary Johnson is co-host and reporter.

The partnership with RFD-TV started Tuesday, March 7, when the first episode of "Simply Southern TV" aired at 6 p.m. It included segments on the Vulcan statue in Birmingham, teaching students about dairy production, one of Alabama’s Outstanding Young Farm families and a cooking demonstration using fresh herbs.

Find out more about the show at SimplySouthernTV.net. Follow the crew’s adventures on Facebook, Simply Southern TV, and on Instagram, @simplysoutherntv.