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Cultivator — August 14, 2015

Farmers Enjoy Commodity Conference

Dr. Dwight Wolfe, right, a veterinarian and Auburn University professor, speaks with Commodity Producers Conference attendees during a tour stop at the College of Veterinary Medicine July 31. More than 800 farmers attended the four-day conference in Montgomery.

The Alabama Farmers Federation hosted its 43rd Commodity Producers Conference in the state’s capital city July 31 - Aug. 2.

More than 800 farmers attended the event, which included educational workshops on agricultural issues and tours of central Alabama farms and historical sites.

“I always love coming to the commodity conference,” said Charlotte Grimes of Cherokee County, who toured Auburn University. “It’s like a little vacation, and farmers don’t really get to take vacations.”

At the E.V. Smith Research Center in Shorter, farmers on one of the tours learned about variable rate irrigation and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

“I can see the importance and value of research they are doing with these new technologies,” said Bob Luker, Talladega County row crop farmer. “My farm isn’t quite the right fit for some of it, but I think farmers could benefit from hiring a consulting firm that could diagnose problems and field scout with a UAV.”

Winners of Young Farmers (YF) contests were announced during the conference. Montgomery County’s Garrett and Emily Henry were named the 2015 Outstanding Young Farm Family, and Calhoun County’s Abbie Keel won the Excellence in Ag award.

 During the women’s lunchone, winners of the state sewing, quilting and tablescapes contests were also announced. First-place winners were Ruby Nuss of St. Clair County, table runners; Sarah Oden of Etowah County, youth table runners; Anne Yancey Barrett of DeKalb County, hand-stitched and machine-stitched quilting; Blanche Lee Mitchell of Blount County, baby quilting; and Cheryl Nelson of Crenshaw County, tablescapes.

Read more about the conference in the September issue of Neighbors and online at AlfaFarmers.org.


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