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Cultivator — May 15, 2015

Farmers To Tour Capital City In August

The 43rd annual Commodity Producers Conference, which features a day of farm tours, will be in Montgomery July 30-Aug. 1. Above, Alabama Farmers Federation members visit Wade Hill’s Lawrence County farm during the 2014 Commodity Producers Conference in Huntsville.

Registration is now open for the Alabama Farmers Federation 43rd Commodity Producers Conference in Montgomery July 30-Aug. 1.

The conference features farm tours and educational seminars, along with competitions for the Young Farmers and Women’s Leadership divisions.

“The Commodity Producers Conference is a highlight of the year for many Federation members,” said Brian Hardin, Governmental and Agricultural Programs Department director for the Federation. “We’re happy to host attendees in the Capital City and hope they enjoy seeing the farms and attractions of the River Region.”

The three-day event starts Thursday evening with a welcome banquet and registration for the annual Tablescapes, Quilting and Table Runners contests.

On Friday, participants may choose from six tour options, which highlight farms and agricultural sites in central Alabama. That evening, attendees may watch Montgomery’s minor league baseball team, the Biscuits, take on the Tennessee Smokies, followed by fireworks.

Saturday events include the Young Farmers Discussion Meet and Excellence in Agriculture competitions, as well as seminars on topics from beef cattle breeding to wild hog management. Two general sessions that afternoon will include presentations on a new invasive species, the tawny crazy ant, and a talk on weather and climatology.

The movie “Farmland” will be screened before the closing banquet, where the Young Farmers will announce Outstanding Young Farm Family and Excellence in Ag winners as well as the Discussion Meet final four. Entertainment will be provided by Nashville songwriters in a production called “The Heart Behind the Music.”

Registration is due June 22. For more information, visit

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