The Alabama Farmers Federation scored impressive victories during the first day of American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Virtual Convention Jan. 10.
The state’s largest farm organization received the New Horizon Award, which honors innovative new programming, for its Alfa Awards. The Alfa Awards debuted in 2019 to recognize researchers and Extension professionals whose work tangibly affects farmers.
The Federation’s Brian Hardin said these awards raise the bar for continued growth in practical agricultural research. His Governmental & Agricultural Programs Department coordinates the annual program.
“As advocates for our members, part of our mission is to work with researchers and Extension staff to be responsive to the needs of Alabama’s farmers,” Hardin said. “It’s an honor to be recognized nationally for these efforts on behalf of our farmers, landowners and members.”
Alabama young farmers competed on the national stage, as well. Ben and Bethany Johnson of Randolph made the Top 10 in the Achievement Award contest; the winner will be announced Jan. 13. Emmanuel Bankston of Henry County and Jerry Allen Newby of Limestone County are competing in the Excellence in Agriculture and Discussion Meet contests, respectively.
Additionally, Alabama delegates will take part in a virtual business session Jan. 13 to address AFBF policy recommendations. Women’s Leadership Committee members participated in a virtual business session Jan. 10.
Alabama also received Awards of Excellence for outstanding achievements in all four program areas: Membership Value; Advocacy; Leadership & Business Development; and Engagement & Outreach.
The Alabama Farmers Federation is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and represents 350,000 member families.