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Cultivator — August 14, 2014

Farmers Enjoy Annual Tours, Seminars

The Little Nashville Tree Farm in Jackson County, above, was one of more than a dozen locations in north Alabama and southern Tennessee toured by Alabama Farmers Federation members during the 42nd Commodity Producers Conference Aug. 7-10 in Huntsville.

More than 800 Alabama Farmers Federation members attended the 42nd Commodity Producers Conference in Huntsville Aug. 7-10 for educational tours, seminars, Young Farmers (YF) Division contests and Women’s Leadership Committee (WLC) competitions.

From a goat dairy and equine hospital to a peach orchard and tree farm, the tours in north Alabama and southern Tennessee highlighted the second day of the conference.

“I think all the stops have been excellent,” said Dallas County Farmers Federation President and cattleman Jimmy Holliman, who toured beef, goat, horse and hay operations in Limestone, Morgan and Lawrence counties. “Every farm we went to is using new technology. I like to see new ideas from other farmers.”

Farmers learned more about the implementation of the new farm bill and the bright future of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System during general sessions Aug. 9. Other seminars covered livestock management, rural crime and environmental stewardship.

State Greenhouse, Nursery and Sod Committee member and former high school ag teacher Charles Tew of Elmore County said he enjoys the annual event.

“The best part of the conference is getting to see other farmers, seeing the promotion they’re putting into their operations and knowing our work as farmers will be carried on,” Tew said.

Winners in the annual WLC contests and the YF Excellence in Ag competition were announced Aug. 9, along with the four finalists for the YF Discussion Meet. Read the September issue of Neighbors magazine for details, or find the stories online at AlfaFarmers.org.

The Agricultural Leaders For Alabama (A.LF.A.) graduation Aug. 7 at the conference will be in the October Neighbors.


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