FARMERS FEDERATION FORMS NEW WILDLIFE RESOURCES DIVISION
MONTGOMERY Alabama farmers could find financial success by tapping into the state's billion-dollar wildlife industry. In addition to monetary rewards, those same farmers can help promote outdoor recreation and conservation of the state's wildlife resources.
Those were among the topics discussed by county representatives who attended the organizational meeting of the newest division of the Alabama Farmers Federation - the Wildlife Resources Division. The meeting was held Aug. 3 in conjunction with the Federation's Annual Commodity Producers Conference in Mobile.
Thirty-nine county federations have formed Wildlife Resources Committees, and representatives of those counties met at the Harrigan Forest Learning Center at the University of Mobile to elect a state committee.
Kenny Childree of Barbour County was elected chairman of the State Wildlife Resources Committee, and Leo Allen of Choctaw County was chosen as vice chairman. Other committee members are Frank Brabham of Bullock County, Lamar Dewberry of Clay County, Trey Montgomery of Greene County, Randall J. Gilmore of Jefferson County, Robert Dupriest of Lee County, Deryl Sharp of Morgan County, Monty Gordon of Montgomery County, Don Wambles of Pike County, Jerry Peak of Geneva County and Billy Wiggins of Tuscaloosa County.
State committee members will serve an interim term until the Federation's annual Commodity Organizational Conference in February where committee members will be elected for three-, two- and one-year terms.
Riley Smith, commissioner of the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, spoke during the organizational meeting.
Steve Guy, who serves as commodity director for the Forestry Division and the Soybean Division, will be the director of the new division.