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Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686

MONTGOMERY Agricultural, economic and consumer news is available on the updated internet site of the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Anyone online may visit the website at www.alfafarmers.org to retrieve the latest information about the state's leading industry -- agriculture. In addition to timely news releases for the media, Federation members and the general public will have access to useful information from several Federation publications including recipes from Neighbors, stories from The Cultivator, a Federation newsletter published every other Friday, and the latest weather. Other major topics covered on the website include agriculture facts, Federation member benefits, a listing of Alfa Farmers county presidents and state board members, the weekly column, On The Rural Route, and the monthly food price survey.

"Communication is a vital part of any organization. Maintaining a state-of-the-art website is a valuable, instant communication tool to provide agriculture information to farmers and the general public," said John H. Dorrill, executive director of Alfa Farmers.

"The exponential expansion of computer use and technology is just as prevalent in agriculture as in any other field," said J. Paul Till, director of the Department of Information, which is responsible for creating and maintaining the website. "Our organization has always been a pacesetter, and we want to set the same pace in communications," he said.

The Alfa Farmers website originally was created in November 1996, but the volume and usefulness of information now available on the site is no comparison to the "beginning effort," said Till.

The home page opens with a scrolling series of upcoming events. It also features a detailed calendar of events as well as color agricultural photos and highlighted ag facts. There is a page of information on every major commodity produced in Alabama and a history of the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Those who need even more information can click to resource links which quickly connects them to USDA,Alabama Agriculture Statistics, Auburn's College of Agriculture and other locations. An e-mail connection links users to the Federation's agriculture information experts. ""We've shortened the search for agricultural news,"" Till said. ""It's only a mouse click away at www.alfafarmers.org.""

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