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Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686

MONTGOMERY A native of East Tallassee, Freddie Patterson, has been promoted to the position of director of the Governmental Affairs Department for the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Patterson began his career with the Farmers Federation in 1974 as an area organization director in east central Alabama. In 1985, he was named director of the Federation's Women's Division and Local Affairs. He also began assisting the Department of Public Affairs with state lobbying efforts that same year.

Alfa Farmers President Jerry Newby said Patterson's experience and knowledge of the legislative process will be even more valuable to the Federation in the future.

"We are delighted that we have Freddie to take on this responsibility," Newby said. "He has earned the respect of the Federation staff and its members as well as the respect of Alabama legislators. We know our legislative program is going to go forward under his leadership. We have a good team working for us in the Legislature, and Freddie will be a good captain."

Patterson said he is excited about his new role with the Federation, adding that his past experiences with the Organization Department and the Women's Division have prepared him well for his new position.

"What happens in state and national politics will be key to the survival of agriculture," Patterson said. "Politics begins at the grassroots level at the ballot box, and it's our responsibility to carry out the wishes of our members, established through the policy book."

Patterson is the treasurer of the Alabama Ag in the Classroom Foundation and a member of the steering committee on the Alabama Rural Health Association. He currently serves on the board of directors for PALS (People Against a Littered State).

Patterson is an elder in the First Presbyterian Church where he is superintendent of the Sunday school and serves as a lay speaker. He and his wife Janice have a daughter and son-in-law, two sons and a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

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