STATE HAY AND FORAGE COMMITTEE HOSTS FIELD DAY
The Alabama Farmers Federation State Hay & Forage Committee joined Extension for a field day at the Tennessee Valley Research and Extension Center in Belle Mina April 28.
The State Hay and Forage Growers, a division of Alabama Farmers Federation, is composed of farmers across the state who produce hay and forage crops. Hay and forage corps are an important part of Alabama's agricultural economy and produced in every county. In 2005, Alabama farmers used 730,000 acres for hay and averaged 2.7 tons of hay per acre. The top 6 counties in hay production in Alabama are all in the northern third of the state: Cullman, Jackson, DeKalb, Morgan, Lauderdale and Marshall.
Producers are interested in research to improve varieties and enhance marketing. The Hay and Forage Division works closely with Auburn University and others to take advantage of the work already being done and to target future research into areas which can directly benefit our farmers and ranchers.
Concerns of farmers are represented at the state and national levels through departments of Governmental Affairs and National Affairs. The Department of Public Relations provides hay and forage news on this website and member publications.
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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 Hay & Forage committee. Needs and requests from producers in the county are the beginning of policy development and the direction of Alabama Hay & Forage Producers.
Contact your county Hay & Forage Chairman. If your county does not have a committee, contact your area organization director or county president.