Alabama farmers will learn about new research and elect leaders for 16 state commodity committees at the Alabama Farmers Federation Commodity Organizational Conference Feb. 3-5. For the third year, the three-day conference will be at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Montgomery.
The venue will be familiar, but there is a new process for nominating members for election to a commodity committee, which was approved at the Federation’s annual meeting in December. Previously, counties provided a certification form. However, counties will now electronically submit nominations and voting delegate names for commodity committees through a registration website.
“Our goals with this new system are to streamline some of the paperwork involved and to identify members who have a true desire to serve agriculture as part of a state commodity committee,” said Governmental and Agricultural Programs Department Director Brian Hardin. “The commodity committees are extremely important, as a lot of Federation policies originate at these meetings.”
Committee members discuss priorities and set goals for specific commodity groups for the year. Committee members also help to establish Federation policy.
County Federation presidents can find nomination details, agendas and registration information online in the Events section of AlfaFarmers.org.
Commodity committee members who have completed their third consecutive terms will be honored each day at lunch.
Registration is due Jan. 9, and is $30 per person, per day, which includes lunch. A $30 late fee will apply for registration after the deadline. On-site registration is $70.
Registration begins daily at 8:30 a.m., and meetings start at 9:30 a.m.
Alabama’s peanut farmers will meet Feb. 12 in Dothan for the Alabama Peanut Producers Association annual meeting. For more information, visit alpeanuts.com.