By Marlee Moore
Two committees whose members help lead the state’s largest farm organization filled their rosters during elections Dec. 6. The Alabama Farmers Federation’s Young Farmers and Women’s Leadership committees elected officers during the group’s 99th annual meeting in Montgomery.
Brady Peek of Limestone County will lead the State Young Farmers Committee while Kathy Gordon of Montgomery County was reelected State Women’s Leadership Committee chair. They will serve one-year, ex-officio terms on the Federation’s state board.
Young Farmers tapped Mitchell Henry of Lawrence County, the North Alabama At-Large representative, to serve as vice chair. Chase Hammock of Talladega County, the District 3 leader, was named secretary.
Henry was also reelected to serve North Alabama At-Large. The area includes Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Pickens, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston counties. Henry is a cattle farmer and lives in Moulton.
Leah McElmoyl of DeKalb County was reelected to serve District 2, which includes Blount, Cherokee, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall and St. Clair counties. McElmoyl is a cattle farmer and attorney and lives in Geraldine.
Wallace Drury of Hale County was elected to serve District 4. The catfish and cattle farmer from Greensboro will lead an area including Bibb, Greene, Fayette, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Pickens, Tuscaloosa and Walker counties.
District 6 representative is Jonathan Edgar of Elmore County. District 6 includes Autauga, Bullock, Chambers, Chilton, Elmore, Lee, Macon, Montgomery and Russell counties. Edgar is a row crop farmer from Wetumpka.
Dillon Turk of Semmes in Mobile County is in the nursery business and will serve District 8. The area includes Baldwin, Butler, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe and Washington counties.
On the State Women’s Leadership Committee, Lydia Haynes of Cullman County was reelected to serve Region 1 and will serve as vice chair. Region 1 includes Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston counties.
Ann Whatley of Lee County was named secretary. She was reelected to represent Alabama at-large.
Debbie Freeland of Mobile County was reelected to serve Region 3. The area includes Baldwin, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Dallas, Escambia, Hale, Lowndes, Marengo, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Sumter, Washington and Wilcox counties.