Excellence in sharing the stories of farmers earned the Cherokee County Herald the 2013 Communications Award for Print Journalism at the Alabama Farmers Federation 92nd annual meeting in Montgomery Dec. 6. Editor Terry Dean, center, accepted the award. Pictured from left are Federation Communications Director Jeff Helms, Dean and Federation President Jimmy Parnell. 

The Alabama Farmers Federation honored the Cherokee County Herald with its Communications Award for Print Journalism during its annual meeting in Montgomery recently.

The newspaper was chosen for its outstanding coverage of farm news and Federation activities.

“The Herald is a shining example of a newspaper dedicated to covering meaningful, local stories,” said Federation Communications Director Jeff Helms.

“To everyone at the Cherokee County Herald, thank you for recognizing the importance of agriculture and sharing the stories of local farmers with all your readers.”

Editor Terry Dean accepted the award.

He said his staff was humbled to receive such an honor, and he expressed gratitude to Federation volunteers who share information and photos of agricultural events.

“We have a small, dedicated staff,” Dean said. “We love what we do. We certainly don’t do it for awards, but when we get recognition like this, it spurs us on to work harder for you.”

Cherokee County Farmers Federation President Robert Earl Acker and county Women’s Leadership Committee member Marilyn Williams nominated the newspaper.

“Mr. Dean understands the plight of farmers, and the paper is a valuable tool for sharing agriculture information and announcements with non-farming readers,” said Williams. “It was an honor and privilege to nominate Mr. Dean to recognize his outstanding work in promoting the wonderful world of agriculture.”

The Alabama Farmers Federation, a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, is the state’s largest farm organization with more than 360,000 members. The organization’s two-day convention attracted more than 1,300 farmers from across the state.