About 1,700 Alabama farmers gave Ozark watercolor artist Jack DeLoney a standing ovation this morning as the famous painter of agricultural scenes received the Alabama Farmers Federation's Image of Agriculture Award.
Federation President Jerry Newby presented the inaugural award to Deloney during the organization's 91st annual meeting held at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center.
"Jack's work has inspired many, has brought farm images to life and has served as a piece of nostalgia for those who aren't even associated with farming," Newby said. "We are proud to be able to present Jack our first-ever Image Of Agriculture Award, which is given to an individual who has dedicated his or her life to enhancing the image of farmers."
At the end of this year, DeLoney is closing his gallery and will cease to produce limited edition prints. He plans to travel throughout the United States and continue to paint original works and commissioned pieces. During his career, DeLoney painted two commissioned works for the Alabama Farmers Federation, "Here at Home," and "Harvest at Home."
During Monday's general session, the Federation's Communication Award for Print Journalism was presented to the Geneva County Reaper, represented by Editor Jay Felsberg.
Jimmy Parnell of Chilton County, a fifth-generation farmer who raises timber and beef cattle, was elected president of the Alabama Farmers Federation today during the organization's 91st annual meeting in Montgomery.
Jimmy Parnell of Chilton County, a fifth-generation farmer who raises timber and beef cattle, was elected president of the Alabama Farmers Federation today during the annual meeting.
Joining Parnell as new leaders of the state's largest farm organization will be Southeast Area Vice President George Jeffcoat of Houston County and North Area Vice President Rex Vaughan of Madison County. All three were elected Monday afternoon during the Federation's business session, where 500 voting delegates from Alabama's 67 counties cast their votes.
Parnell, 48, served on the Federation's State Board of Directors from 1999-2008, was chairman of the Federation's State Young Farmers Committee in 1997 and has served as president of the Chilton County Farmers Federation since 2006.
The annual meeting ended Monday with a general session closing speech by Karl Rove.