Alabama farmers who produce everything from honey and cotton to timber and hay will meet in Montgomery Feb. 2-4 for the Alabama Farmers Federation Commodity Organizational Conference.
Brian Hardin, director of the Federation’s Governmental and Agricultural Programs Department, said the annual conference attracts county leaders representing 16 commodities to elect state committee members and set priorities for 2016.
“This is one of the most important and valuable meetings the Federation holds each year,” Hardin said. “It gives farmers a chance to exchange ideas and discuss issues that affect their livelihoods. The state committees elected at this conference help shape Federation policy and, in many cases, determine how producer-funded checkoff funds will be used for research, education and promotion.”
About 800 farmers are expected to attend at least portions of the three-day meeting. In addition to state committee elections, farmers will participate in commodity-specific workshops on topics ranging from animal health and the environment to emerging technologies and marketing options.
The conference agenda is structured so farmers can attend days focused on their primary commodities. The conference will be at Embassy Suites Montgomery. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. daily, and commodity workshops start at 9:30 a.m. Retiring state commodity committee members will be honored at luncheons each day.
Committee elections for peanut farmers will be held Feb. 11 at the Alabama/Florida Peanut Trade Show and Alabama Peanut Producers Association Annual Meeting in Dothan.
Online registration for the Commodity Organizational Conference ends Jan. 4.
For detailed commodity agendas and speaker information, visit alfafarmers.org/about/events. On-site registration will be available, but space is limited.
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