Fu­ture is look­ing bright

Cherokee County Herald - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

Bring on the rain, we need it. I hope you and your fam­ily had a great Christ­mas.

Cel­e­brat­ing Christ Je­sus birth down on the farm is great see­ing that Je­sus was born in a farm set­ting.

The New year is ap­proach­ing fast and there is a lot of op­ti­mism for farm­ing in Alabama.

There seems to be more young peo­ple get­ting in­volved in farm­ing.

I read that there was al­most 65,000 blue jack­eted FFA mem­bers this year at the 89th Na­tional FFA Con­ven­tion that was held in In­di­anapo­lis In­di­ana.

They had sev­eral days to go to ca­reer de­vel­op­ment events, con­certs, com­pe­ti­tions, and com­mu­nity ser­vice op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Over 22 per­cent of Amer­i­can farms are run by young farm­ers that have been in farm­ing less than ten years.

Most of these young farm­ers have four year de­grees from col­lege be­hind them. It is a chal­lenge for young farm­ers with many hours fac­ing them in each day.

The lend­ing in­sti­tu­tions like Alabama Farm Credit, Alabama Ag Credit, First South Farm Credit, and the USDA have great loan op­por­tu­ni­ties for young farm fam­i­lies.

The Alabama Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion Young Farm­ers group is another sup­port group that help young farm fam­i­lies get started and pro­vides valu­able help when called upon.

Chero­kee County has a great Young Farm­ers group, and a great group of FFA stu­dents at our high schools.

There are many op­por­tu­ni­ties for ca­reer minded young folks in Agri­cul­ture, with many job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

2017 could be the be­gin­ning of a great year for those stu­dents look­ing to agri­cul­ture for their fu­ture.

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