Farmers Return To Port City For Tours, Speakers, Trade Show
Hundreds of farmers will visit Alabama’s Port City July 30-Aug. 2
for tours, workshops, awards presentations and the Alabama Farm & Land Expo Trade Show.
Formerly the Commodity Producers Conference, the Alabama Farmers Federation rebranded the annual event as the Alabama Farm & Land Expo. Registration closes June 25 at FarmAndLandExpo.org.
“Although this conference has a fresh name, our mission is the same,” said Brian Hardin, the Federation’s Governmental & Agricultural Programs Department director. “Our staff has prepared an array of tours and speaker presentations that will educate farmers while giving opportunities to interact with industry representatives. Our goal is to prompt idea-sharing to help farmers improve their operations and increase profitability.”
The conference kicks off with a welcome banquet featuring Federation President Jimmy Parnell. The second Alfa Awards for Production Agriculture and Forestry Research and Extension will be presented.
Farm tours disperse across Baldwin, Escambia and Mobile counties Friday, including a variety of commodities and agricultural industries.
Saturday’s general session will cover trade agreements and agriculture’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The session panel includes Daniel Whitley, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service associate administrator.
Workshops follow the general session, while awards for the Women’s Leadership Division sewing and decorating contests will be presented during the annual Women’s Luncheon.
Attendees can interact with industry leaders during the Alabama Farm & Land Expo Trade Show the afternoon of Aug. 1. Exhibitors include machinery dealers, agricultural lenders, land consultants, livestock health specialists, feed and seed companies, and researchers. Interested exhibitors can learn more at FarmAndLandExpo.org.
During the closing banquet, Young Farmers Division award winners will be honored. The Outstanding Young Farm Family and Excellence in Agriculture contests winners will be announced, as will the Discussion Meet Final Four.
Country music singer-songwriter Billy Dean will entertain attendees to close the conference.