As a part of Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Cotton Producers is represented at the state and national levels through departments of Governmental Affairs and National Affairs. The Department of Communications provides communications about important issues and notices through its monthly magazine, Neighbors, and biweekly newsletter, Cultivator.
The Local Connection
County Farmers Federations, with the assistance of Area Organization Directors, provide support and a mechanism to address issues on the local level. Herein lies the strength of Alabama Farmers Federation. Each county may establish its own Cotton Committee. Needs and requests from producers in the county are the beginning of policy development and the direction of Alabama Cotton Producers. You may contact your county Cotton Chairman or the Area Organization Director in your region or your County President for more information.
Why Should I be a Member of Alabama Farmers Federation and Alabama Cotton Producers?
The Alabama Farmers Federation brings farmers of all commodities together for a common cause. Together, we can accomplish more for everyone's benefit. The more producers actively participating in the Alabama Farmers Federation and Alabama Cotton Producers, the more effective the organization can be on issues affecting them. With membership in the Alabama Farmers Federation come many benefits.
Did You Know?
- In 2011, Alabama farmers planted 460,000 acres of cotton, producing 685,000 bales with an average yield of 742 pounds per acre.
- Alabama cotton exports account for $126.5 million each year.
- Cotton is grown in 59 of Alabama's 67 counties
- Alabama ranks 10th in the U.S. in cotton production
- Record acreage was 3.8 million in 1911 and the record yield was 795 pounds per acre in 1985
- Alabama's top producing counties are Limestone, Madison, Lawrence, Monroe, Colbert, and Escambia
- For every $40 pair of denim jeans sold, the farmer gets $1.46. He gets 41 cents for a $35 men's shirt, and 45 cents for a $14 terry bath towel
- One bale of cotton can produce 8,000 men's woven handkerchiefs, 850 ladies blouses and shirts, 3,000 diapers, and 1,200 pillowcases