FEDERATION PLANS ANNUAL COMMODITY CONFERENCE
Farmers from across Alabama will gather in Birmingham July 30-Aug. 1 to discuss current agricultural issues and participate in seminars on topics ranging from biotechnology to the Internet.
Jim Cravey, director of Commodity Producer Services for the Alabama Farmers Federation, said the 29th annual Commodity Conference promises to be both educational and informative.
Four general sessions are planned for the conference in which agricultural leaders will update farmers about the economic outlook for Alabama agriculture, the impact of water issues on farming, and the status of national legislation and international trade policies.
Seminars will provide an opportunity for farmers to explore the potential of niche markets, the Internet, agroforestry and biotechnology. Producers also will have a chance to learn more about environmental assessment programs and the use of animal identification to enhance food safety.
Special events planned in conjunction with the conference include the State Pork Cooking Contest, the State Quilting Contest and the State Cotton Sewing Contest.
Advance tickets must be purchased for meals at the conference. The deadline for room reservations is July 9. Meal tickets may be purchased through July 23. For information, call Ginger Mullins at 1-800-392-5705, ext. 4293.