The Alabama Farmers Federation Communications and Public Relations Department welcomed new agricultural communications specialist Marlee Moore June 6.
Moore, 21, graduated from Auburn University (AU) in agricultural communications in May and interned with the Federation in summer 2015.
“I’m thankful and excited to be back full time with the Federation,” she said. “My goal is to bridge the gap between consumers and farmers. People want and need to know where their food and fiber comes from, and I’m excited to help be a voice for the farmers of our state.”
Moore will write news releases and feature stories and take photographs for Neighbors magazine, county Federation newsletters and the website. She also will cover Federation events, write newsletters and collaborate with other staff members on special public relations projects.
She directly reports to Publications Director Debra Davis, who worked closely with Moore last summer.
“Marlee gives me hope for agriculture’s future,” Davis said. “She is a bright, talented writer. She is passionate about agriculture and sharing our farmers’ stories, innovations and challenges. She is a great addition to our team.”
Moore is a former Federation scholarship recipient and was heavily involved in AU College of Agriculture activities, serving as an Ag Ambassador, Ag Council reporter and Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow vice president. She was the AU College of Agriculture’s assistant student recruitment coordinator and represented the college as graduation marshal.
A Thomasville native, Moore, whose father is a forester, was raised around the timber industry. Since choosing to study agriculture, Moore has seen firsthand how one person’s immersion in the industry can affect those around her. Her grandparents recently began a small farm, and her parents are clearing land for cattle pastures.
“I can’t take all the credit for them digging into agriculture,” Moore said, “but they see how much I love this industry and want to be a part of it, too. Agriculture really is the gift that keeps on giving.”