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FEDERATION HOSTS 28TH ANNUAL COMMODITY CONFERENCE
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686

MONTGOMERY Nearly 1,000 farmers from throughout the state will gather in Mobile Aug. 3-5 for the Alabama Farmers Federation's 28th Annual Commodity Producers Conference. Participants will tour innovative agricultural operations and discuss niche-marketing ideas to increase profitability.

"In addition to dealing with a drought this year, Alabama farmers are faced with low commodity prices and increased government regulations," said Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry Newby. "The commodity conference offers several tours that give farmers an opportunity to learn new methods of production. The seminars and tours also allow farmers to view some of the latest research being done in row crop and livestock production."

The conference also will include the organizational meeting of the newly formed Wildlife Resources Division of the Alabama Farmers Federation. State committee members for the division will be elected during the Aug. 3 meeting. The keynote speaker will be Alabama Conservation Commissioner Riley B. Smith. A native of Mobile, he will discuss the billion-dollar impact of outdoor activities on the state's economy and new initiatives to promote outdoor recreation and development.

Registration begins Thursday, Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Mobile Convention Center. Agriculture tours scheduled for Friday, Aug. 4, include beef, dairy, row crops and aquaculture. Tours for bee, forestry, horticulture, peanut, sheep and goat producers will be held Saturday. Special events planned in conjunction with the conference include the State Pork Cooking Contest and the Cotton Fashion Show and Sewing Contest.

Tickets for Commodity Conference tours and meals must be purchased in advance. For more details, contact Ginger Mullins at 1-800-392-5705, ext. 4293.


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