April 28, 2016
Members of A.L.F.A. Leaders Class IV are, by county, Taber Ellis, Autauga; Lance Miller, Blount; Amy Burgess, Blount/Etowah; Eli Howard, Cullman; Wendy Yeager, Dallas; Leah McElmoyl, DeKalb; Beth Hornsby, Lee; Tyler Sandlin, Limestone; David Lee, Lowndes; Stinson Ellis, Lowndes; Samantha Carpenter, Madison; Hunter McBrayer, Marshall; Cooper Holmes, Perry; John DeLoach, Shelby; Jeremy Wilson, Talladega; Daniel Tubbs, Walker and Russell Miller, Walker.
Seventeen young agricultural professionals from across the state were recently selected for the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Agricultural Leaders For Alabama (A.L.F.A.) program.
Federation Young Farmers Director Jennifer Himburg said the intensive, two-year learning experience equips participants to be more engaged in agribusiness, public policy, farm organizations and their communities.
“The A.L.F.A. program focuses on personal development, political involvement, effective communication and understanding of the Alabama Farmers Federation,” Himburg said. “This is the fourth A.L.F.A class. Previous class members now serve as county presidents; county board members; and as leaders on the county, state and national levels.”
A.L.F.A. Class IV includes, by county:
- Autauga — Taber Ellis, agriculture specialist with Alfa Insurance
- Blount — Lance Miller, row crop farmer and Alabama Farmers Federation State Young Farmers chairman
- Blount/Etowah — Amy Burgess, county Extension coordinator and 4-H agent
- Cullman — Eli Howard, credit analyst with Alabama Farm Credit
- Dallas — Wendy Yeager, row crop farmer
- DeKalb — Leah McElmoyl, estate planning attorney
- Lee — Beth Hornsby, vegetable farmer
- Limestone — Tyler Sandlin, regional agronomy Extension agent
- Lowndes — Stinson Ellis, assistant shelling plant manager at Priester’s Pecan Company, and David Lee, cattle farmer
- Madison — Samantha Carpenter, social media specialist with Alabama Farmers Cooperative and reporter for Simply Southern TV
- Marshall — Hunter McBrayer, urban regional Extension agent
- Perry — Cooper Holmes, Federation State Young Farmers Committee member
- Shelby — John DeLoach, row crop farmer
- Talladega — Jeremy Wilson, row crop farmer
- Walker — Russell Miller, certified forester with Jasper Lumber Company Inc., and Daniel Tubbs, cattle and swine farmer
Participants were chosen for the program based on a written application and interview. Criteria included communication skills; understanding of agricultural trends and issues; leadership skills; and interest in service beyond participants’ own self interest.
The program consists of six multi-day sessions including a Washington, D.C., advocacy experience and an out-of-state agricultural tour. The first session is June 28-July 1.
“This class has incredible potential for serving the Federation in many areas for years to come,” Himburg said. “We look forward to seeing the relationships they will foster and watching them grow together. I have no doubt this class will serve as exceptional leaders and be a part of the backbone of our organization’s future.”
For more information about the A.L.F.A. program and future news and photos about Class IV, visit AlfaYoungFarmers.org.