Cullman’s award-winning Haynes Farm to be featured on national TV

Haynes Farm in Cullman County was named Alabama's 2023 Farm of Distinction and will be featured in an upcoming episode of Simply Southern TV. (Alfa)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Hayneses of Cullman County who run Haynes Farm will receive statewide and national exposure with a feature on Simply Southern TV. 

The feature details how and why Haynes Farm earned the title of Alabama’s 2023 Farm of Distinction. As Alabama’s honoree, Darrell and Lydia Haynes will compete against 10 other farmers in the Southeastern Farmer of the Year Contest sponsored by the Sunbelt Ag Expo based in Moultrie, Georgia. The winner will be announced in October during the expo.

Family members include Darrell and Lydia Haynes who farm with their sons, Bart and Ben. Additionally, Ben and his wife, Whitney, are raising the next generation on the farm in their six children.

The show will premiere locally on Sunday, July 2, at 6:30 a.m. on WBMA-TV 33/40 out of Birmingham and will be rebroadcast on national cable network RFD-TV on Wednesday, July 5, at 3 p.m. Central time.

Simply Southern TV airs regularly on six broadcast stations covering the majority of Alabama and on a national cable network:

  • WLTZ-TV 38 in Columbus, Georgia, on Saturdays at 5 p.m. 
  • WPMI-TV 15 in Mobile on Sundays at 6 a.m.
  • WBMA-TV 33/40 in Birmingham on Sundays at 6:30 a.m. 
  • WAFF-TV 48 in Huntsville on Sundays at 9 a.m. *This particular episode will air Saturday, July 9 at 10:30 a.m.
  • WAKA-TV 8 in Montgomery on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
  • WTVY-TV 4 in Dothan on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
  • RFD-TV cable network on Wednesdays at 3 p.m.

Simply Southern TV is a 30-minute show that celebrates Alabama’s farmers, gardeners, makers, rural communities and one-of-a-kind destinations. Episodes are also available on the show’s website at

Simply Southern TV is presented by the Alabama Farmers Federation, but it’s made possible through sponsorships. Those include major sponsor Alabama Farmers Cooperative; supporting sponsor Alfa Insurance; sustaining sponsors Alabama Catfish Producers, Alabama Soybean Producers; and Alabama Wheat & Feed Grain Producers; and contributing sponsors Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Alabama Farm Credit, Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation, and Sweet Grown Alabama.