The Alabama Farmers Federation promoted Preston Roberts, a 5-year organization veteran, to director of agricultural legislation Feb. 11. He joins the Governmental and Agricultural Programs (GAP) Department after serving as Area 7 Organization director.
Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan said Roberts distinguished himself as an area organization director, earning the respect of members, elected officials and agribusiness professionals.
“Preston embraces the Federation’s grassroots policy process and has proven effective in facilitating relationships among members and lawmakers. His experience, knowledge and interpersonal skills make him an ideal choice for this position,” Pinyan said. “We are excited to welcome him to the public policy team as we embark on a new quadrennium in the Alabama Legislature.”
The Shelby County native graduated from Auburn University with a degree in fisheries and allied aquaculture and previously worked for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. He joined the Federation in 2014 serving farmers in Barbour, Bullock, Chambers, Lee, Macon, Randolph and Russell counties.
“I’m honored to serve our members and farm families in this new role,” said Roberts, 29. “I look forward to working with the GAP Department and state legislators to fight for agriculture in the legislative arena to make sure farmers’ voices are heard.”
In his free time, Roberts enjoys turkey hunting and spending time with his wife, Mandy, and his son, Sam. The Roberts family lives in Auburn.