Policy, politics and award presentations took center stage during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 98th annual meeting in Montgomery.
Nearly 1,400 farmers and industry partners attended the meeting Dec. 8-9 at the Renaissance Hotel.
Special guests included keynote speaker Trey Gowdy, a former U.S. congressman from South Carolina. His address encouraged attendees to “be the messenger” and share their values to enact change.
“Find something worth living for,” Gowdy said. “Then lead a life of authenticity and hope and persuasion that can make this country exactly what you want it to be.”
FarmPAC-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville also spoke with guests, thanking farmers for their support.
“I want to be your leader in Washington, D.C.,” Tuberville said. “I love this state and this country so much I want to go fight for it.”
During her address, Gov. Kay Ivey shared appreciation for Federation members’ support of the Rebuild Alabama plan.
Additionally, leaders were elected to the state board. They are Secretary-Treasurer Steve Dunn of Conecuh County; Southwest Area Vice President Jake Harper of Wilcox County; Central Area Vice President Jon Hegeman of Calhoun County; District 2 Director Mark Byrd of Morgan County; District 5 Director Joe Anders of Tuscaloosa County; District 8 Director Jimmy Holliman of Dallas County; and District 11 Director Mark Kaiser of Baldwin County.
Elected to one-year, ex-officio terms were State Women’s Leadership Committee Chairman Kathy Gordon of Montgomery County and State Young Farmers Committee Chairman Jonathan Sanders of Coffee County.
U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., was also presented the Service to Agriculture Award, the Federation’s highest honor.
For more conference photos, visit the Federation’s Facebook and Flickr pages.