The Alabama Farmers Federation welcomed Russell Durrance as its Poultry, Pork and Dairy divisions director July 1. He’s also responsible for policy related to those areas.
Durrance said he’s eager to advocate for poultry and livestock producers on behalf of the state’s largest farm organization.
“After working with a poultry integrator for two years, I am excited to help Alabama’s farmers through the Federation,” said Durrance, 24, a native of Newnan, Georgia. “I have always been passionate about where my food comes from, and this opportunity allows me to give back to the farmers who provide us so much.”
Durrance graduated from Auburn University with a degree in agricultural business and economics in 2017. He joins the Federation from Pilgrim’s Pride Live Operations in Chattanooga, where he was a broiler service technician. He previously worked as a management trainee with JPB/Pilgrim’s Pride, a leader in the global poultry and prepared foods industry.
The Federation’s Brian Hardin said his experience working firsthand with farmers has prepared Durrance for success in Montgomery.
“Russ is enthusiastic about serving, protecting and promoting Alabama farmers,” said Hardin, the Federation’s Governmental and Agricultural Programs Department director. “His skillset complements the rest of our commodity team, and we’re excited to see what he’ll accomplish at the Farmers Federation.”
In his free time, Durrance enjoys spending time at the lake with family, grilling and watching sports. He and wife Stephanie, who is a teacher, live in Montgomery.