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Cultivator — March 13, 2015

Farmers, State Leaders Discuss Politics

More than 100 legislators and other state leaders attended the Taste of Alabama legislative reception at the Alabama Farmers Federation home office in Montgomery March 4. From left are Chilton County Farmers Federation President Wendell Kelley, freshman State Sen. Clyde Chambliss, R-Prattville, and Federation President Jimmy Parnell.

Farmers discussed serious state issues with elected officials during the annual Taste of Alabama legislative reception March 4 at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s home office in Montgomery. The event’s menu highlighted products grown or raised in Alabama.

 About 120 Federation members greeted Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan, Secretary of State John Merrill, State Treasurer Young Boozer, Public Service Commission President Twinkle Cavanaugh, several state judges and 98 members of the State Senate and House of Representatives.

During the gathering, Alabama farmers focused on the 2015 legislative session that began March 3.

“This gathering gives our members a chance to discuss legislative issues, while reminding our state leaders that these men and women are the backbone of our state; they grow the food and fiber that keeps our economy strong and our country independent,” said Federation President Jimmy Parnell.

The reception featured samplings of shrimp from Odom Farms in Eutaw, grits from Oakview Farms in Wetumpka, pork barbecue from Bishop’s BBQ in Cherokee, beef from Mike Henry’s farm in Pintlala, fried quail and biscuits with gravy from Bob and Betty Plaster of Montgomery, honey and pecans from Bill Mullins in Meridianville, grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, plus goat stew and lamb burger sliders from Charlie Thompson of Lexington. Catfish, chicken, cornbread, sweet potatoes, fried green tomatoes and ice cream were also served.

Event photos are available online at and on the Federation Facebook page. View the event video on the Federation YouTube channel.

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