Seventeen young agricultural professionals from across the state were recently selected for the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Agricultural Leaders For Alabama (A.L.F.A.) program.
Federation Young Farmers Director Jennifer Himburg said the intensive two-year learning experience equips participants to be more engaged in agribusiness, public policy, farm organizations and their communities.
“The A.L.F.A. program focuses on personal development, political involvement, effective communication and understanding of the Alabama Farmers Federation,” Himburg said. “This is the fourth A.L.F.A class. Previous class members now serve as county presidents; county board members; and as leaders on the county, state and national levels.”
Participants were chosen for the program based on a written application and interview. Criteria included communication skills, understanding of agricultural trends and issues, leadership skills and interest in service beyond participants’ own self interest.
The program consists of six multi-day sessions including a Washington, D.C., advocacy experience and an out-of-state agricultural tour. The first session is June 28-July 1.
“This class has incredible potential for serving the Federation in many areas for years to come,” Himburg said. “We look forward to seeing the relationships they will foster and watching them grow together. I have no doubt this class will serve as exceptional leaders and be a part of the backbone of our organization’s future.”
For information about the A.L.F.A. program and future news and photos, visit AlfaYoungFarmers.org.