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July 29, 2015

Farmers will tour stops along the River Region during the second day of the 43rd Commodity Producers Conference.

More than 800 Federation members will gather for the 43rd Commodity Producers Conference in Montgomery July 30-Aug. 1.

Participants will experience the best Montgomery and the River Region has to offer with tours, educational seminars, Young Farmers and Women’s Leadership Division competitions—even baseball.

The conference kicks off Thursday afternoon with registration, including entries for Tablescapes, Quilting and Table Runner contests, sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Women’s Leadership Division. Later that evening, Federation members will gather for a welcome banquet at the Montgomery Convention Center before getting a good night’s sleep in anticipation of Friday’s tours, which depart at 8 a.m. Following the tours, members are encouraged to stroll over to Riverwalk Stadium for an optional dinner buffet and baseball as the Montgomery Biscuits take on the Tennessee Smokies.

Saturday’s activities include the Young Farmers Discussion Meet and Excellence in Agriculture contests, plus agricultural seminars on livestock, wild hogs, bees, endangered species and more. In the afternoon, a general session will include a presentation on a new invasive species, the tawny crazy ant and a talk on weather and climatology by State Climatologist John Christy and WSFA-TV Chief Meteorologist Josh Johnson. 

A screening of the movie “Farmland” in the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre precedes the closing banquet, where the Young Farmers will announce the Outstanding Young Farm Family and Excellence in Agriculture winners, as well as the Discussion Meet final four. Entertainment will be provided by Nashville songwriters in a production called “The Heart Behind the Music.”

Attendees are encouraged to share photos and post comments using the hashtag #AFFCC15. Follow the Alabama Farmers Federation on Facebook and Twitter for all Commodity Producers Conference action. For more information on tour schedules, speaker biographies and conference details, visit

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