WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 7 — Members of Alabama’s Congressional delegation honored the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 100th anniversary today by introducing resolutions in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. The measures note the Federation’s role in founding Alfa Insurance, which is celebrating 75 years of service.
“For as long as I can remember, the Alabama Farmers Federation has led the charge as a clear and united voice for our state’s agriculture industry,” said Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. “The group has supported the interests of its members, promoted an enhanced quality of life for farm and forestry families, and improved agricultural production, education, and leadership. I am pleased to offer my congratulations to the Federation and honored to introduce a resolution commemorating the vital role that Alfa has played in our state. An achievement for the Federation means success for Alabama.”
Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., echoed Shelby’s remarks.
“Alabama’s farmers have a trusted partner in Alfa,” said Tuberville. “For a century, the organization has played a leading role in advancing the causes of our state’s agriculture industry and our rural communities, ensuring the voices of our farmers and their families are heard. I offer my congratulations to the Alabama Farmers Federation for 100 years of service and my deepest gratitude for their unwavering support for those who feed, clothe and fuel our country.”
A resolution introduced by Shelby and Tuberville is expected to pass the full Senate unanimously. In the House of Representatives, Congressmen Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville; Mike Rogers, R-Saks; Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham; Gary Palmer, R-Hoover; Jerry Carl, R-Mobile; and Barry Moore, R-Enterprise introduced a companion bill similarly honoring the Federation’s centennial.
“Congratulations to the Alabama Farmers Federation, Alfa, on this historic milestone,” said Aderholt, dean of the Alabama House Delegation who was the lead sponsor. “For practically half the time Alabama has been a state, Alfa has been there to not only help and advocate for our state’s many farmers, but all Alabamians whether they farm or not. So, on this century mark, I send my sincere best wishes to everyone at Alfa and the thousands of Alabamians who make Alfa possible.”
Sewell acknowledged the contributions agriculture and forestry make to Alabama’s economy.
“As a proud daughter of the Black Belt, I know firsthand the critical role that generations of Alabama farmers have played in the success of our economy, our people, and our state,” said Sewell. “For a century, the Alabama Farmers Federation has been an unwavering voice for Alabama agriculture and forestry, tirelessly promoting the interests of hard-working Alabama families. On their 100th anniversary, I applaud Alfa for their advocacy and thank them for their commitment to the well-being of my constituents.”
Rogers noted the importance of farming to American independence.
“It’s an honor to recognize the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Centennial year, said Rogers. “For 100 years, Alabama’s farmers and producers have had a friend in Alfa. Keeping food and fiber produced here in America is a matter of national security, and we have no better ally in this fight than Alfa.”
Carl praised the Federation for its work to support innovation in agriculture.
“Congratulations to the Alabama Farmers Federation for 100 years of leading the way to advance Alabama’s agriculture industry,” said Carl. “I couldn’t be prouder of the work our farmers and the Federation do to feed, fuel and clothe our country.”
Palmer also commented on both the Federation’s past accomplishments and commitment to the future.
“For a century now, Alfa has always been a trusted supporter for Alabama’s farmers and cattlemen through good times and hard times,” Palmer said. “I congratulate Alfa on its 100th anniversary and am grateful for their continued partnership in our great state as we move forward into the next century.”
Moore, who serves on the House Agriculture Committee, joined his colleagues in applauding Federation members.
“For a century, Alfa has served the hardworking farming families in Alabama who keep America fed and clothed,” said Moore. “It is an honor to recognize and celebrate this remarkable milestone and the impact Alfa has had in our great state.”
Read the Senate resolution
Read the House of Representatives resolution