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COMMODITY CONFERENCE SET FOR JULY 16-18 IN BIRMINGHAM
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MONTGOMERY Expanding agricultural markets and farming in the 21st century will be among the topics discussed at the 26th annual Commodity Producers' Conference sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation, July 16-18 in Birmingham.

Experts from throughout the country will conduct seminars on traditional crops, speciality items, direct marketing and marketing partnerships during the conference, said Goodwin L. Myrick, president of the Alabama Farmers Federation.

"The 1996 Farm Bill thrust farmers into a global marketplace," Myrick said. "At this year's conference, we will focus on the future of agriculture and how Alabama farmers can take advantage of expanding markets."

Thursday's activities include Ag in the Classroom teacher workshops, and state contests for sewing and pork recipes.

Agricultural seminars begin Friday with a forestry workshop on timber marketing and growing trees on fewer acres. Other programs include seminars and speakers on the dairy industry, beef cattle industry, and catfish production.

Saturday's program includes seminars on horticulture, poultry, ratites, row crops and sheep and goats and will feature some of the top experts in each respective field.

Banquets will conclude the day's events both Friday and Saturday. Entertainment for Saturday evening's banquet will be recent winners of the Federation's state talent contest. Farmers interested in attending the conference can contact their county Farmers Federation or the Alabama Farmers Federation at 1-800-392-5705, ext. 4293.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For information about farmers in your area who will be attending the conference, contact Debra Davis at the Alabama Farmers Federation, 1-800-5705, ext. 4686.


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