Left to right: Odies Perry, Darren Beachem, Hosie Gullette, Collie Graddick, Johnny Adams, Eugene Faulk, and Prestic Faulk.

Left to right: Odies Perry, Darren Beachem, Hosie Gullette, Collie Graddick, Johnny Adams, Eugene Faulk, and Prestic Faulk.

By Johnny Adams

Ten individuals joined together and signed Articles of Incorporation to form East Alabama Black Belt Farmers’ Cooperative on May 21, 2020.

The documents will be recorded at the probate judge’s office to make it all official.

The ten founding members are: Prestic Faulk, Robert Glenn, Johnny Adams, Eugene Faulk, Collie Graddick, Darren Beachem, Hosie Gullette, Odies Perry, Jeffery Moore and Tyquon Perry. The Cooperative Association is formed for the following purposes: To market for its members agricultural products and derived products; to engage in any activity in connection with and support of harvesting, receiving, assembling, (including, grading, cleaning, and shelling), processing (including packing, preserving, drying), transporting, storing, financing, selling, marketing, or distribution of any such agricultural products or derived products; to purchase, procure, furnish and supply for its members farm supplies and equipment; and to exercise all such powers in any capacity and on any cooperative basis that may be agreed upon or permitted by the Alabama Cooperative Marketing Act of the State of Alabama.

The initial focus of the cooperative is to help local farmers in Barbour and Bullock.

The cooperative is affiliated with the Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program.

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