Farm Expo, Conference A Success
Clay County farmer Lamar Dewberry, left, talked to Dr. Kevin Folta following a seminar at the Commodity Producers Conference in Birmingham Aug. 5. Folta, the University of Florida’s Horticulture Sciences Department chairman, urged farmers to communicate openly about science, medicine, food and farming with consumers.
Nearly 1,000 ag enthusiasts walked, talked, looked and cooked up ideas for success during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 45th Commodity Producers Conference and inaugural Alabama Farm Expo in Birmingham Aug. 3-5.
This was Bart and Krista Williams’ first time at the conference. Although they raise cattle in Autauga County, the Williams said they enjoyed learning about poultry production during Friday’s Blue Tour in Cullman County.
“We saw the different, innovative ways these producers harvest rainwater, reuse it and are more efficient as a business,” said Bart, 25, who is Autauga County Young Farmers chairman.
Tour attendees participated in a social media contest using #AlfaFarmers17. Winners were Phil Sims, Mary McDaniel Helms, Stephanie Miller, Lisa Lake and Amy Stephens.
Saturday, the University of Florida’s Dr. Kevin Folta encouraged farmers to be an open resource about science, food and farming for consumers. View Folta’s presentation at tinyurl.com/kevinfolta.
About 90 vendors and researchers greeted attendees and visitors at the Alabama Farm Expo that afternoon. There, Cherokee County’s Phyllis Jones won a drawing for a $150 gift card courtesy of Farm Bureau Bank.
The Federation presented $120,000 to Children’s of Alabama Saturday evening. Funds were raised by Federation members, Alfa Insurance employees and Alabama Farm Expo attendees.
Cleburne County’s Eric and Carrly Lovvorn were named the 2017 Outstanding Young Farm Family that night. Read about other contest winners in the September Neighbors magazine. More photos are available on Flickr and Facebook.