FEDERATION'S ANNUAL MEETING FEATURES SALUTE TO AMERICA
A patriotic setting will greet nearly 2,000 farmers when they attend the 80th annual meeting of the Alabama Farmers Federation Dec. 2-3 in Mobile. "Agriculture -- America's Homeland Security" is the theme for this year's meeting, which will be held at the Mobile Civic Center.
"In light of the events that have occurred in America since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, we have all taken a long look at the freedoms we enjoy and sometimes take for granted," said Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry Newby. "We believe that as our country concentrates on homeland security, farmers play an important role by providing food and fiber for our country and many other countries around the world."
The first general session of the meeting is Sunday evening at 7:30 when Newby will give the annual report for the Farmers Federation. Also during Sunday evening's general session, one of 11 young farm families from across the state will be named the Outstanding Young Farm Family for 2001. The winner receives a year's use of a 2002 Chevrolet Trail Blazer provided by the Farmers Federation. The OYFF also will receive a home computer system provided by Valcom Business Centers of Alabama.
During the second general session, set for 9 a.m. on Dec. 3, Speaker of the House State Rep. Seth Hammett will receive the Service to Agriculture Award. Hammett, who is serving his sixth term in the House and his second as speaker, has been a strong supporter of agriculture issues in the state. This is the highest award presented by the Federation. Homeland heroes also will be honored during the Monday morning session when the Federation will present Special Service to Agriculture Awards to rural law enforcement officers, volunteer firefighters and members of the Alabama National Guard. Awards to outstanding county Federations also will be presented in that session.
Forty-seven young ladies from across the state will compete for the title of Miss Alabama Agriculture during the annual meeting with the winner to be crowned during the final general session Dec. 3. The winner receives a year's use of a 2002 Chevrolet Impala provided by the Farmers Federation and a $2,000 scholarship. During that same session, finalists will compete in the Talent Find competition, and a state winner will be chosen. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash award.
Special T-shirts featuring the annual meeting theme "Agriculture -- America's Homeland Security" will be on sale for $10 each. Also available at the registration area will be copies of "Can a Rooster Drive a Tractor," a new children's book published by the Federation.
[Click Here for the 2001 Annual Meeting Agenda]