March 22, 2017
Clockwise from top left: Alabama Farmers Federation Commodity Director Guy Hall gives a Better Boy tomato plant to Alfa Insuance employee Lanetta Anderson. One of the nearly 40 boxes employees filled with nonperishable food donations. The back lobby filled with employees donating food and money. Montgomery County Farmers Federation board members visiting with employees before the pizza party. Winning employees enjoying the pizza party the day after National Ag Day.
Employees at Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation in Montgomery celebrated National Ag Day March 21 by doing their part to help feed others.
The back lobby of the home office was a hub of activity as employees dropped off donations of nonperishable food and cash for the Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB). The food and fund drive brought in 1,610 pounds of food and $4,165.15.
“Alfa is a very caring company,” said Vicky Smith of Alfa’s IT Department, who participated in the food and fund drive. “They’ve been good to my family and me, and I’m very proud of all the programs and volunteer opportunities that Alfa offers to its employees.”
The cash donations alone will allow MAFB to provide 24,900 meals for food-insecure people in the 35 counties it serves. That’s enough to feed one person three meals a day from birth to almost 23 years old. The donations included two $1,000 pledges, one from the Alabama Soybean Producers and the other from the Alabama Wheat & Feed Grains Producers.
Donors received a Better Boy variety tomato plant courtesy of Bonnie Plants, while supplies lasted. Over 200 plants were distributed.
Those who donated $10 or the equivalent in non-perishable food were entered into a raffle for a prize package and pizza party lunch held at the home office today. Twenty-five raffle winners brought a co-worker guest to the lunch, which was also attended by Montgomery County Farmers Federation board members.
“We mingled with Alfa employees and were able to thank them for what they do, and they thanked us for what we do,” said Stacey Nestor, Montgomery County Farmers Federation board member. “As a producer, agriculture is what we do 365 days of the year. But it’s really nice to have National Ag Day to spotlight and acknowledge what farmers do, and I think it’s really good that Alfa encouraged employees to be a part of that.”
National Ag Day was also celebrated in the nation’s capital where President Donald J. Trump signed a proclamation commemorating the event.
“I encourage all Americans to observe this day by recognizing the preeminent role that agriculture plays in Americans' daily life,” the proclamation reads. “American agriculture is the largest positive contributor to our nation's net trade balance, generating 10 percent of our exports and millions of American jobs. America's farmers and ranchers provide a safe and plentiful domestic food supply, which is vital to our national security. Moreover, they safeguard our sustainable resource base for future generations.”
Agriculture is Alabama’s largest industry with an annual economic impact of $70.4 billion. Over 580,000 people are employed in agriculture, forestry or related industries in the state. The Alabama Farmers Federation is the state’s largest farm organization with about 360,000 members.
March 21 was the 44th National Ag Day, hosted by the Agriculture Council of America. It’s part of a nationwide effort to tell the true story of American agriculture and remind citizens that agriculture is a part of every day for all people. For more information, visit agday.org.