HARDIN NAMED DIRECTOR OF ALFA FARMERS HORTICULTURE DIVISION
MONTGOMERY A Moulton native and former turf and ornamental sales representative, Brian Hardin, has been named director of the Horticulture Division, the Greenhouse, Nursery and Sod Division and the Pork Division of the Alabama Farmers Federation. He began his duties April 4 and fills the position formerly held by Jack McGaughy who retired earlier this year.
A graduate of Auburn University with a master's degree in horticulture, Hardin, 26, most recently worked for Dow AgroSciences in Bradenton, Fla. He also taught several lab courses in horticulture while working as a graduate teaching assistance at Auburn.
Jim Cravey, director of the Farmers Federation's commodity department, said Hardin's knowledge and experience will be an asset to Alabama farmers.
"With most traditional agricultural commodities facing record-low prices, more and more farmers are looking at alternative crops. Many of them have diversified their farm operations to include horticulture, sod and nursery. Brian's knowledge of horticulture will help the Farmers Federation develop commodity programs to help farmers take advantage of the opportunities available in these emerging markets," Cravey said.
Hardin, who was raised on a beef cattle farm, said he is looking forward to working with Farmers Federation members and county leaders.
"Coming from a farm background, agriculture is near to my heart. I'm definitely excited about working with Alabama farmers, and I feel this is an excellent opportunity for me to have a positive impact on the commodities I work with," he said.
In addition to his work at Auburn and with Dow, Brian also has experience as a summer intern with Grassland Nursery in Muscle Shoals and Hoechst-Roussel Agri-Vet Co. of Moulton.
Hardin is married to the former Kelli Webster of Guin. They have an 8-month-old daughter, Emma.