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Cultivator — February 12, 2016

New Leaders Elected During Conference

Elmore County farmers Sara and Chase Chapman talk to Alabama Farmers Federation Area 5 Organization Director David Heflin, right, Feb. 2 at the Federation’s annual Commodity Organizational Conference in Montgomery. The Chapmans were among nearly 900 farmers from across the state who attended the three-day conference.

Alabama Farmers Federation members elected leaders for 16 commodity groups Feb. 2-4 at the  Commodity Organizational Conference in Montgomery.

Over three days, nearly 900 Alabama farmers discussed challenges, set goals and helped establish Federation policy.
Federation Governmental and Agricultural Programs Director Brian Hardin said the annual meeting charts the course of the state’s largest farm organization.

“State commodity committee members are all farmers who are elected by farmers,” Hardin said. “Who better to determine the goals and issues these commodity committees will address than farmers? It’s a true grassroots structure.”

New members were elected to the state commodity committees for Bee & Honey; Beef; Catfish; Cotton; Dairy; Equine; Forestry; Greenhouse, Nursery & Sod; Hay & Forage; Horticulture; Meat Goat & Sheep; Pork; Poultry; Soybean; Wheat & Feed Grains; and Wildlife.

Outgoing commodity committee members were honored at luncheons each day. They are Joe Lambrecht, Elmore County, Bee & Honey; Paul Wheeler, Perry County, Catfish; Jimmy Miller, Blount County, Cotton; Toni Flowers, Montgomery County, Equine; Jackie Loyd of Jackson County and Michael Jenkins of Jefferson County, Horticulture; Albert Miller, Mobile County, Pork; Mike Carnes, Marshall County, Poultry; Pat Buck, Sumter County, Soybean; and Chip Stacey, Conecuh County, Wildlife.

Alabama peanut farmers met Feb. 11 in Dothan for the Alabama Peanut Producers Association annual meeting. For more information, visit alpeanuts.com.

For a full meeting review, including lists of new commodity committee members, read the March issue of Neighbors.


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