RIGNEY ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT; KILGORE NAMED NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The executive director of the Alabama Farmers Federation, Doug Rigney, has announced his retirement, and the assistant executive director, Mike Kilgore, has been named to replace him. Rigney, who is a 35-year veteran of the Federation, was appointed executive director by Federation President Jerry Newby in December 1998. Prior to that appointment, he had served as assistant executive director since 1978. His retirement is effective Jan. 1.
"Doug is an outstanding person and an effective leader. He has been an invaluable asset to me during my first two years as president of this organization. We wish him much happiness in his well-deserved retirement," Newby said.
Rigney, 66, said he looks forward to his retirement and to spending more time with his family.
"But I will miss my Alfa family, " Rigney said. " I have been blessed with a lot of friends over the years, many of which I met through this organization. When I began working here 35 years ago, I could not have imagined how this organization would impact my life."
Kilgore is a 26-year veteran of the Farmers Federation where he began his work as an area organization director in 1974. He was appointed as the new executive director by Newby and will begin his new duties Jan. 1. Kilgore, 53, served as director of the Federation's young farmers division, assistant director of the Department of Organization and since 1981 was director of that department.
"This organization is fortunate to have someone as talented as Mike Kilgore," Newby said. "In every level of service to this organization he has proven his leadership, dedication, loyalty and determination to get the job done."
A native of Nauvoo, Ala., in Winston County, Kilgore said he looks forward to continuing his service to the Federation and to Alabama agriculture.
I look forward to assisting Mr. Newby with his efforts to increase grassroots involvement in our organization and to serving the farmers of our state," Kilgore said. "Agriculture is the state's largest industry, and I'm excited about the future of our organization and about the future of agriculture in Alabama."