Three Blount County residents received recognition during Alabama Farmers Federation’s contests and elections held Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 in Mobile.
Jeff Maze was elected to a one-year, ex-officio term on the federation’s state board. He is the state Young Farmers chairman.
Kirk Smith was first alternate in the federation’s Young Farmers Excellence in Agriculture contest. An agri-science teacher at Appalachian High School, he received $750 cash courtesy of First South Farm Credit.
Merry Buford was second alternate in the contest and received $250 from FSFC. Contest participants do not derive a major portion of their income from production agriculture but have demonstrated a commitment to Alabama agriculture through the federation and involvement in the community.