The Alabama Farmers Federation welcomed attorney John Allen Nichols to its External Affairs Department in September. Nichols, who interned with the Federation since May 2017, serves as agriculture counsel.
Nichols graduated from Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law in 2019 and is admitted to the Alabama State Bar. He earned a bachelor’s degree in poultry science from Auburn University (AU) in 2016.
“I’m excited to put my talents and training to work for the farmers of our state,” said Nichols, 25, a Trussville native. “My education in agriculture inspired in me a drive to help those who pursue one of the most noble callings — farming. I want to help ensure that pursuit has as few obstacles as possible.”
In his new role, he will provide legal advice and service to the Federation; draft legislation; monitor and review regulations to ensure compliance; draft, review and negotiate contracts; and research issues.
“John Allen brings energy, enthusiasm and a passion for agriculture and the law to our team,” said External Affairs Department Director Matthew Durdin. “Over the past two years, he’s become a familiar face our members recognize and trust. He understands the challenges facing our farmers and organization and is uniquely prepared to address those issues.”
While at AU, Nichols was Ag Ambassador president, Poultry Science Club treasurer and a member of the Block & Bridle Club. He also was a Jefferson County Farmers Federation scholarship recipient.
Nichols and wife Lucy, a research associate for military reach at AU, live in Auburn. In his free time, Nichols enjoys spending time with his wife and friends, training his dog and reading. They attend Grace Heritage Church.