By Rebekah Martin
March 15 was named National Ag Day in Opelika at last week’s city council meeting. Representatives from the Lee County Farm-City Committee were present to be recognized. This year marks the 43rd year of Ag Day across the country, and the Farm-City committee works to “remind citizens that agriculture is a part of us all” on a local level. According to information on www.agday.com, National Ag Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America and is “uniquely composed of leaders in the agriculture, food and fiber communities dedicated to increasing the public awareness of agriculture’s vital role in our society. The Agriculture Council of America and the National Ag Day program was started in 1973.”
The ACA’s core values states that the organization believes every American should “Understand how food and fiber products are produced, appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products, value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy and acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry.”
Don Thrash, Barbara Patton, Jamie Lazenby, Ann Whatley, Lee Vanoy, Elizabeth Ham, Robert Ham and Harry Lazenby, all community leaders involved with the Lee County Farm-City Committee were recognized for their efforts.
In other business the council:
-recognized Opelika High School student Carly Parker for winning third place in the state art competition. Carly is the daughter of Opelika’s city engineer Scott Parker.
-approved a resolution authorizing the purchase of one 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe – ED in the amount of $54,739.40.
-Approved a resolution approprating $5000 to the American Cancer Society for the 2016 Relay for Life event.