Hundreds of farmers will head for the Appalachian foothills during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 47th Commodity Producers Conference Aug. 1-3 in Chattanooga. Registration closes June 14 at AlfaFarmers.org.
The Federation’s Brian Hardin said the meeting offers an assortment of agricultural insights in the tri-state area.
“Chattanooga has a lot to offer our members, from first-class meeting spaces and delicious restaurants to scenic spots for afternoon adventures,” said Hardin, the Federation’s Governmental & Agricultural Programs Department director. “We’re also excited to offer tours that highlight north Alabama farms, in addition to operations in Tennessee and Georgia. Our tours and speakers should help showcase agricultural diversity, expand farmers’ horizons and, ultimately, affect their bottom line.”
The conference begins with the second annual Hay & Forage Spokesperson Contest, followed by a welcome banquet. Tours depart for stops in Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia the next morning.
On Day 3, seminars range from social media marketing and state branding projects to industrial hemp and highway regulations. State Young Farmers Committee member and lawyer Leah McElmoyl will also lead a general session on estate planning.
The meeting closes with Young Farmers contests results, including the Outstanding Young Farm Family, Excellence in Agriculture winner and four Discussion Meet finalists.
Closing banquet entertainment includes singers Linda Davis and Lenny LeBlanc as part of “The Heart Behind The Music,” which blends personal insight with musical performances.