December 19, 2018
By Jeff Helms
Voting delegates elected members to the Alabama Farmers Federation board of directors at a business session during the organization’s 97th annual meeting in Montgomery. Front row, from left are Women’s Leadership Committee Chairman Jo Ann B. Laney, Russell County; Southeast Area Vice President George Jeffcoat, Houston County; Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Chilton County; North Area Vice President Rex Vaughn, Madison County; and State Young Farmers Chairman Garrett Dixon, Lee County. Back row from left are District 1 Director Brian Glenn, Lawrence County; District 4 Director Tim Whitley, Blount County; District 7 Director Joe Lambrecht, Elmore County; and District 10 Director Steve Stroud, Pike County.
Chilton County farmer Jimmy Parnell was re-elected to a fourth term as president of the Alabama Farmers Federation at the organization’s 97th annual meeting in Montgomery Dec. 3.
Elections were held during the Federation’s business session where almost 500 farmer delegates from all 67 counties chose officers and directors for the organization. Officers serve two-year terms.
Parnell was first elected in 2012. He is a fifth-generation beef cattle farmer and partner in a family logging business.
The Stanton native thanked the voting delegates for the opportunity to serve the Federation’s 350,000 members and lead the affiliated Alfa Insurance.
“I’m convinced we serve some of the best people in Alabama,” said Parnell, 54. “Farmers built this country and have the values which make our communities, state and nation strong. It’s an honor to work alongside people who are dedicated to making things better for our members and policyholders.”
Parnell was chairman of the Federation’s State Young Farmers Committee in 1997, served on the Federation’s state board of directors from 1999-2008, and was Chilton County Farmers Federation president from 2006-2012. He was unopposed in his bid for re-election.
North Area Vice President Rex Vaughn of Huntsville in Madison County and Southeast Area Vice President George Jeffcoat of Gordon in Houston County also were re-elected for two-year terms. Both are row crop and beef cattle farmers.
Vaughn’s North Area covers Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston counties.
The Southeast Area, represented by Jeffcoat, includes Barbour, Bullock, Chambers, Coffee, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lee, Macon, Pike, Russell and Tallapoosa counties.
Additionally, four district directors were elected to three-year terms. Each director can serve three consecutive terms.
Brian Glenn, a row crop farmer from Lawrence County, was re-elected as District 1 director. The district includes Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Marion and Walker counties. This is his third term.
Tim Whitley, a cattle farmer from Blount County, was elected to the District 4 previously held by Rickey Cornutt of Marshall County. The District 4 director seat rotates among Blount, Cullman, Marshall and Winston counties.
Meanwhile, Elmore County produce farmer and gristmill owner Joe Lambrecht was re-elected to the District 7 seat representing Chambers, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Macon, Russell and Tallapoosa counties. This is his second term.
Pike County poultry farmer and county Federation President Steve Stroud was re-elected to a second term in the District 10 board seat. That district includes Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw and Pike counties.
Elected to one-year ex-officio terms on the state board were State Women’s Leadership Committee Chairman Jo Ann B. Laney of Russell County and State Young Farmers Committee Chairman Garrett Dixon of Lee County.
The Alabama Farmers Federation is the state's largest farm organization and is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation.