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Debra Davis
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MONTGOMERY Milton K. Parsons, director of the Department of Public Affairs for Alabama Farmers Federation has announced his retirement after serving the organization for 34 years. His retirement is effective Feb. 1.

Parsons, 69, has been the Federation's chief lobbyist at the state capital where in addition to monitoring agricultural and insurance legislation, he was a leader in designing much of the state's property tax legislation as well as key agricultural legislation. He also served as the organization's lobbyist on national farm issues from 1966-1980. He is the senior lobbyist in the Alabama legislature and helped form the first political action committee for farmers in the state.

"Milton has been a strong leader for the farmers of our state for many years," said Doug Rigney, executive director of the Alabama Farmers Federation. "His work in the Alabama House and Senate has earned him the reputation as being both honest and extremely knowledgeable of the legislative process."

Parsons has won numerous national and state awards for his work on behalf of farmers and was featured in "Business Alabama" magazine as one of the eight most prominent business lobbyists in the state. Alabama legislators honored him as one of the top 10 most influential lobbyists at the State Capital.

He is a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians; a member of the Alabama Historical Commission, a director of the Hank Williams Memorial Foundation and is a retired officer of the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Parsons and his wife Kathleen have two children and one grandchild.

Mike Kilgore, assistant executive director of Alabama Farmers Federation, will lead the Federation's legislative program. Freddie Patterson, who now serves as a Federation lobbyist, will have increased responsibility in the Legislature specializing in legislative appropriations. An additional staff person, Paul Pinyan of Cullman, a former organization director for the Federation, has been named director of agriculture legislative programs. He will begin his duties Feb. 1.

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