May 23, 2017
John Allen Nichols
The Alabama Farmers Federation welcomed Auburn University (AU) graduate and Faulkner University law student John Allen Nichols for a public policy internship in Montgomery May 22.
The Trussville native will work with the Governmental and Agricultural Programs (GAP) Department assisting the Federation’s state and national legislative program and policy development initiatives. Nichols finished his first year at the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law earlier this month.
“I’m really looking forward to working with agricultural policy firsthand and am thankful to the Federation for this unique opportunity,” said Nichols, a 2016 AU poultry science graduate. “This is a great way to hone some of the practical skills I learned in my first year of law school.”
GAP Department Director Brian Hardin met Nichols through AU College of Agriculture’s Alumni Mentoring Program and said Nichols brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the Federation.
“As a law student, John Allen has strong research and analytical skills. Coupling those skills with his agricultural knowledge will greatly benefit the Federation and its members,” Hardin said. “He will work on several projects to communicate ag law information to our members, advocate on legislative and regulatory issues, and streamline the Federation’s policy book.”
Nichols interned with the National Turkey Federation in Washington, D.C., in 2015, where he collaborated on congressional meetings and correspondence and compiled reports on issues facing the poultry industry.
At AU, he was Ag Ambassador president; was a member of the Block and Bridle Club and Poultry Science Club; and worked for the College of Agriculture Student Services Office. Nichols was a Jefferson County Farmers Federation scholarship recipient.
He graduated from Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School in 2012 and is the son of Pat and Brooke Nichols of Trussville.