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November 20, 2002   Email to Friend 

Jeff Helms
November 20, 2002

"MONTGOMERY, Ala." Governor-elect Bob Riley will be the keynote speaker during the Sunday night opening session of the Alabama Farmers Federation's 81st annual meeting in Mobile Dec. 8-9.

Riley, who was endorsed in his bid for governor by the Federation, is a farmer himself and a true friend of agriculture, said Federation President Jerry Newby.

After graduating from the University of Alabama, Riley started a small business with his brother selling eggs door-to-door. That business grew to become one of the largest integrated poultry operations in the Southeast. Riley is completing his third two-year term in Congress where he represents Alabama's Third District. He has served as a strong conservative and a leader on tax issues such as eliminating the marriage tax penalty and abolishing the estate tax.

Also during the first general session of the meeting, Newby will give the annual report for the Farmers Federation. During that same meeting, one of six young farm families from across the state will be named the Outstanding Young Farm Family for 2002. The winner will receive a 2003 Chevrolet Trail Blazer provided by the Farmers Federation and a home computer system provided by Valcom Business Centers of Alabama.

During the second session set for 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, Alabama Congressman Terry Everett will receive the Service to Agriculture Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Federation. Everett, who is serving his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, recently won re-election to that post and was endorsed by the Federation. Everett currently holds a seat on four key House committees including Agriculture, Armed Services, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and Veterans' Affairs. On the Agriculture Committee, he serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Specialty Crops and Foreign Agriculture Programs and is a member of the General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Committee. Awards to outstanding county Federations also will be presented in Monday morning's session.

During Monday night's final session, 43 young ladies from across the state will compete for the title of Miss Alabama Agriculture. The winner receives a year's use of a 2003 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.

Click here for the Annual Meeting agenda.

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