WASHINGTON (AP) - Two north Alabama farmers are among the local agriculture leaders being honored by the White House and the Agriculture Department this week.
Bill Bridgeforth of Tanner and Lee Haynes of Cullman are among 15 people being recognized as so-called "Champions of Change" in Washington on Tuesday.
The program honors people who are doing things to empower and inspire members of their local communities.
Bridgeforth is a fourth-generation farmer in Limestone County. He's also chairman of the National Black Growers County and is active in agricultural initiatives sponsored by Alabama A&M University.
Haynes is an egg farmer in Cullman County. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a business degree he returned to the family farm and has helped run it ever since.