Discovering new ideas, visiting longtime friends and hearing the latest in agricultural industry updates were features of the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Commodity Organization Meeting in Montgomery Feb. 5-7.
Over 600 farmers learned about industry advancements and research during breakout sessions.
“Farming practices are constantly evolving and advancing, and our farmers need up-to-date information to help increase their bottom line,” said Brian Hardin, the Federation’s Governmental and Agricultural Programs Department director. “At this meeting, farmers can talk and glean information to take home to the farm.”
Commodity committee members and leaders were also elected, and outgoing committee members who served three full terms were honored.
Divisions represented included Bee & Honey; Beef; Cotton; Dairy; Equine; Forestry; Hay & Forage; Greenhouse, Nursery & Sod; Meat Goat & Sheep; Pork; Poultry; Soybean; Wheat & Feed Grain; and Wildlife.
Additionally, the Horticulture Division held its final meeting Feb. 6. During the Federation’s annual meeting in December, delegates voted to merge the Horticulture Division with the Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association, a partner organization of the Federation.
The Alabama Peanut Producers Association met Feb. 7 in Dothan, while the Alabama TREASURE Forest Association board met Feb. 5 in Montgomery. The Alabama Catfish Producers met in December for its organizational session.
Agriculture & Industries Commissioner Rick Pate joined farmers for lunch all three days, outlining goals for the next four years and thanking the Federation for its support.