Delegates Elect Officers, Directors
Limestone County cotton farmer Jerry Newby was elected to his fourth two-year term as president of the Alabama Farmers Federation at its 83rd annual meeting Dec. 6 in Mobile. Morgan County poultry farmer Hal Lee of Hartselle was elected to his fourth two-year term as Federation vice president of the north region, while Covington County peanut farmer Ricky Wiggins of Andalusia was elected to his fourth two-year term as vice president of the southeast region.In the Federation’s district board elections, Stanley Usery of Limestone County was elected to represent Limestone, Madison and Morgan counties. John E. Walker III of Tuscaloosa County was elected to represent Bibb, Fayette, Jefferson, Lamar and Tuscaloosa counties. Leo Allen of Choctaw County was elected as the board member for Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, Pickens and Sumter counties. David Bitto of Baldwin County was elected to represent Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe and Washington counties. Each board member will serve a three-year term.Elected to one-year, ex-officio terms on the state board were Women’s Committee Chairman Sharon Turner of Geneva County and State Young Farmers Chairman Rodney Rhodes of Escambia County.Elected to serve on the State Young Farmers Committee were Thomas Ridgeway of DeKalb County, Townsend Kyser of Hale County, Mitch Lazenby of Lee County, Greg Kaiser of Baldwin County and Will Gilmer of Lamar County. Kyser also was elected vice chairman of the group, and Jason Holladay of Crenshaw County was elected secretary.Debra Bowen of Randolph County, Dianne Nall of Monroe County and Joy Noble of Macon County were elected to the State Women’s Committee.