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January 10, 2003   Email to Friend 

Jeff Helms
(334) 613-4212
January 10, 2003

You could win this camera just by signing up for Alfa Farmers E-News Service.
Montgomery, Ala. - Major changes have been taking place on the Alfa Farmers website, www.alfafarmers.org, in the past few weeks. And while many of those changes may not be apparent at first glance, users will find the speed and usefulness of the site has increased dramatically.

J. Paul Till, director of the Federation's Department of Public Relations and Communications, said the Internet can be one of the most valuable tools a farmer has, adding that he wants the Alfa Farmers site to be at the top of every producer's list.

"Our site has several purposes and is directed at three main audiences," Till said. "In order of priority, those audiences are members, news media and the general public. We think our site fits the needs of all three."

To increase awareness of the Alfa Farmers website, the Federation is giving a pig-shaped stress ball to the first 200 people to sign up for the site's E-News service between now and March 31. In addition, a drawing for a Fuji digital camera will be held April 1 from among E-News subscribers. Till added, however, that all E-News subscribers are winners because they get the latest agricultural news first, thanks to email alerts that are sent out automatically when news releases and publications are posted to the site.

When they sign up for the E-News service, subscribers can choose to receive emails about news releases, The Cultivator newsletter, The Alabama Legislative Newsletter, the "Washington Ag Update," action alerts from "The Capitol Connection" or all of the above.

The Alfa Farmers website provides members as well as the general public agricultural information they need to know or want to know. News releases, market trends, weather and research information all are available on the site.

Farmers can buy and sell ag-related items through the online classifieds known as the Trade 'N Post. Those ads can be viewed by anyone, but only Alfa Farmers members can post items for sale. Members only need their last name and membership number to log in.

In addition to the Trade 'N Post, the website provides members with a current list of benefits they are entitled to and membership applications are available on line. There's also an archive of recipes from "The Country Kitchen" and a convenient tool for tracking legislation and contacting lawmakers called "The Capitol Connection."

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