Eggs and Agriculture breakfast first of its kind

Published 7:18pm Wednesday, November 7, 2012

In a celebration of Dallas County’s founding industry—agriculture—Alabama AG Credit along with the Selma-Dallas Chamber of Commerce is hosting Eggs and Agriculture, a breakfast to recognize local farmers.

The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Central Alabama Farmer’s Co-op, 2519 U.S. Highway 80, Selma. Tickets cost $10.

Along with healthy portions of eggs and bacon, the breakfast will also feature guest speaker Dale Williamson, assistant vice president of Alabama AG Credit.

Sheryl Smedley, executive director of the Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce, said a breakfast like this has never been held in Selma.

“What we’re trying to focus on, the main focus,” Smedley said, “is to recognize the farming community in our area and the contributions that they’ve made and continue to make.”

Smedley went on to say that agriculture is a vital part of Dallas County, and has been stimulating the local economy since settlers first came to Dallas County.

“Agriculture was the key,” she said. “Once the people found out about the rich soil that was here, people were coming from all over to Dallas County to grow cotton and other crops.”

As a way to recognize local farmers and their contributions, Smedley said proclamations would be given out during the breakfast.

The 2012 farmer of the year will be recognized, Smedley said. Also, attention will be given to Farm City Week, which begins Nov. 16.

“We’ve never done anything specific for agriculture since I’ve been here,” Smedley said. “In the past, they just had a chamber leadership breakfast, so I’m excited about this.”

The breakfast is open to the public. Call 875-7241 to reserve tickets.

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