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Jennifer Himburg


Division Information

A.L.F.A. Leaders

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Members of A.L.F.A. Leaders Class IV are, by county, Taber Ellis, Autauga; Lance Miller, Blount; Amy Burgess, Blount/Etowah; Eli Howard, Cullman; Wendy Yeager, Dallas; Leah McElmoyl, DeKalb; Beth Hornsby, Lee; Tyler Sandlin, Limestone; Stinson Ellis, Lowndes; David Lee, Lowndes; Samantha Carpenter, Madison; Hunter McBrayer, Marshall; Cooper Holmes, Perry; John DeLoach, Shelby; Jeremy Wilson, Talladega; Russell Miller, Walker; and Daniel Tubbs, Walker.

The purpose of this program is to provide a structured, two-year training program for Alabama residents ages 25-45 that assists with personal and professional development in the areas of agricultural policy, industry leadership and organizational involvement.

Upon completion of the program, participants will master these concepts:


  • How to interact and respond to state government agencies
  • How bills become law
  • How to build a relationship with legislators and understand how they prefer to communicate
  • A foundational understanding of the role of local, state and federal government
  • How to lobby legislators at home
  • How to host a government official or legislator


  • How the Federation operates at the county level
  • How the Federation operates at the state level
  • Understanding the Policy Development process
  • Understanding why to become a leader
  • Knowing where to get information and how to utilize it
  • How FarmPAC operates and benefits the organization
  • How to be intentional at conferences and events
  • Understanding the relationship between the Alabama Farmers Federation and the American Farm Bureau
  • Understanding the relationship between the Federation and the insurance company
  • How the Destinations Department works to host meetings
  • Understanding the limitations of county Federations related to politics
  • How to create a budget for a committee or board
  • Understanding the Alabama Farmers Agricultural Foundation


  • Global and local trends across agriculture
  • Understanding the importance and impact of agriculture in Alabama
  • Understanding the value of other agriculture stakeholder groups and how we work together
  • Develop a basic understanding of Alabama’s major commodities

Personal Development

  • Mastery of basic parliamentary procedure use
  • Effective communication and speech delivery in various settings
    • Speaking to legislators by delivering testimony, and in one on one communication
    • Speaking in a town hall environment
    • Developing an elevator speech
    • How to introduce someone
    • How to lead/facilitate a meeting
    • How to speak to the media
  • Effective delegation
  • Effective decision making
  • Identifying personal strengths/weaknesses
  • Writing quality thank you notes
  • Effective presentation skills
  • Utilizing available resources
  • Developing a big picture vision
  • Understanding how to be service oriented
  • Effective conflict resolution and conflict management
  • Awareness of potential stumbling blocks and understanding how to avoid them
  • Effective time management skills
  • Understanding of responsibilities as a leader
  • Understanding proper dinning etiquette
  • Understanding opportunities to serve in the organization
  • Understanding opportunities in the Young Farmers Division & how to start a YF committee
  • Understanding proper attire based on the situation
  • How to properly present awards
  • Understanding basic principles of financial and estate planning
  • How to lead and plan for a meeting
  • Proper social media etiquette


The Alabama Farmers Federation A.L.F.A. program is designed for members between the ages of 25-45.

Nomination Process

Participants must be nominated by their county Farmers Federation president.

Selection Process

An independent committee will review the applications and choose participants for the program.

Additional information concerning class schedule can be found in the application linked on the right side of the page.

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