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April 20, 2015

Mary Johnson
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The Washington Legislative Conference is an annual event for Alabama Farmers Federation members. From left are Steve Dunn of Conecuh County, Federation secretary/treasurer; Hope Cassebaum of Baldwin County, A.L.F.A. Leaders Class III graduate; Rex Vaughn of Madison County, Federation North Area Vice President; John Morris of Jefferson County, FarmPAC representative; and Justin Barrett of Elmore County, A.L.F.A. Leaders Class III graduate.

Alabama Farmers Federation members have a chance to tour Washington, D.C., and visit with the state’s Congressional delegation May 19-22. Those interested must register by Friday, April 24.

“We encourage Federation members to attend this conference,” said Mitt Walker, director of national legislative programs for the Federation. “Our congressmen make important decisions every day on Capitol Hill, but they need to know how bills and policies will affect farmers back home in Alabama.”

First-year U.S. Rep Gary Palmer from Alabama’s 6th Congressional District will join farmers for the May 20 opening breakfast. The popular Congressional BBQ will take place that evening.

Other speakers that day include Reece Langley of the National Cotton Council, Greg Walcher of the Natural Resources Group, Kristina Butts of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Don Parrish of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Events on May 21 include morning group meetings with the seven U.S. representatives for Alabama and a luncheon featuring remarks from U.S. Sens. Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions. Political law attorney and conservative activist Cleta Mitchell will be the luncheon speaker.

The trip also features a visit to the Australian Embassy and an address from Dr. Chris Parker, the country’s minister-counsellor of agriculture.

To register, visit

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