Conference Educates Alabama Farmers
Mark Kaiser, right, welcomes Alabama Farmers Federation members to his Baldwin County cattle, hay and row crop farm during the 44th Commodity Producers Conference in Mobile July 28-31. More than 800 Federation members attended the annual event.
More than 800 Alabama Farmers Federation members toured south Alabama farms and learned about new agricultural research during the 44th Commodity Producers Conference in Mobile July 28-31.
The event provides networking opportunities and educational seminars.
“The fellowship with others at the conference is always the best part, but the knowledge gained at tours and seminars is very beneficial,” said Tim Whitley, Blount County Farmers Federation president.
Whitley runs a purebred Red Angus cattle farm and grows soybeans and cotton. He visited Baldwin County farms on the yellow tour.
“I learned a great deal visiting Kaiser Farms, and enjoyed hearing more about how they sell square bales of hay,” Whitley said.
U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope, welcomed farmers at the opening banquet July 28, which featured a performance by the Cold Springs High School FFA string band.
The conference included numerous firsts in technology and philanthropy. During farm tours July 29, attendees participated in the inaugural conference photo contest on social media, and the Poll Everywhere app allowed for an interactive panel during the general session July 30.
In the inaugural Stuff the Silo event, attendees raised $6,448 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile.
On the final day, winners in the Women’s Leadership Committee’s Sewing, Quilting and Tablescapes contests were announced during a luncheon. The closing banquet included Young Farmers award presentations for Discussion Meet, Excellence in Agriculture and Outstanding Young Farm Family competitions. Visit AlfaFarmers.org for details.
For photos, visit the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Facebook and Flickr pages.