As a part of Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Hay & Forage Producers is represented at the state and national levels through departments of Governmental Affairs and National Affairs. The Department of Public Relations 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 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. You may contact your county Hay & Forage Chairman, or if none currently exists, 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 Hay & Forage 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 Alabama Farmers Federation and Alabama Hay & Forage 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?
- Most common forage grasses produced in Alabama are Pensacola Bahiagrass, Hybrid Bermudagrass, Tall Fescue and Dallisgrass.
- Most forage legumes commonly grown for forage purposes in Alabama are cool season species that should be planted in the autumn. They include Crimson Clover, Ball Clover, Red Clover, White Clover, Arrowleaf Clover, Vetch.
- A variety of small grains also are grown in Alabama for forage purposes. Those include Rye, Wheat, Oats and Triticale.
- The most common cool season forage grown in Alabama is Annual Ryegrass.
- A 1,200-pound cow will consume between 25 and 30 pounds of forage or hay everyday.
- In Alabama, it takes an average of 2 - 2 1/2 acres of forage to maintain a cow and her calf.