By Jeff Helms
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Dec. 10 — Auburn University graduate and Thomasville native Marlee Moore has been promoted to publications director and editor of Neighbors magazine for Alabama Farmers Federation.
Federation Communications Department Director Jeff Helms praised Moore’s communications skills and dedication to serving the state’s farmers.
“Marlee is a talented communicator who has deep appreciation for agriculture and Federation members. She has a passion for sharing their stories and advocating for agriculture,” Helms said. “Since joining the Federation staff almost six years ago, Marlee has distinguished herself as a leader among agricultural communicators in Alabama and across the nation.”’
An award-winning writer, Moore served as associate editor of Neighbors since November 2018. In that role, she implemented the Farmhouse Kitchen and Sean of the South columns; was heavily involved in editorial planning; and was a major contributor to magazine content through writing, editing and photography.
Moore said she looks forward to building on the magazine’s 46-year history of sharing farmers’ stories.
“It’s an honor every time someone welcomes me to their farm and trusts me to tell their story to our readers,” Moore said. “The relationships I’ve built at the Farmers Federation are special; these people are friends that feel like family. Working with and for Alabama farmers is a blessing, and I hope to make them proud in this new role.”
Moore fills the opening created by the retirement of long-time Publications Director and Neighbors Editor Debra Davis.
In addition to being associate Neighbors editor, Moore most recently served as the Federation’s multimedia content director, with responsibility for social media and leader communications. She conducted numerous training sessions in Alabama and at national conferences on the effective use of social media. Moore has served on communications committees with the American Farm Bureau Federation, Ag Media Summit and Alabama Natural Resources Council.
Under Moore’s leadership, Federation social media engagement increased exponentially. She also has contributed to public relations efforts including the Sweet Grown Alabama state branding program; the Federation’s Bama’s Best food competitions; and the upcoming Down to Earth: Agriculture Sustains Alabama educational campaign.
Moore came to the Federation in 2016 as an agricultural communications specialist after earning a degree from Auburn University (AU) in agricultural communications. She interned with the Federation in summer 2015. Moore is a former Federation scholarship recipient and served as an Ag Ambassador and assistant student recruitment coordinator for the AU College of Agriculture.
The daughter of a forester and librarian, Moore currently lives in Millbrook and is a member of Centerpoint Fellowship Church.