FARMERS ELECT NEW STATE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Commodity producers in the Alabama Farmers Federation elected state committee members in their 15 respective commodities during meetings earlier this week. About 700 farmers attended the three-day meeting.
State committee members help determine what research to support, how best to promote their products and direct lobbying efforts at the state and national levels. In some cases, these committees also oversee the distribution of producer-supported checkoff funds.
The Federation's newest commodity division, Hay & Forage Crops, was created last year and an interim committee was appointed to serve until producers met this month and elected 12 committee members to serve staggered terms.
Below is a list of newly-elected committee members and their home county. (* denotes new members. All others were re-elected to the respective committees.) All committee members serve three-year terms unless otherwise noted.
Bee & Honey -- Elizabeth Whitaker, Coffee*; Lyle Greenwood, Marshall*; Neal Miller, Dallas; James Sitz, Etowah.
Beef -- Tim Whitley, Blount*; Sammy Hindman, Fayette*; Gerry Holmes, Morgan*; Max Bozeman, Coffee
Catfish -- William Easterling, Barbour*; John Farrow, Tallapoosa*; Butch Wilson, Dallas; James Walker, Marengo
Cotton -- Tim Mullek, Baldwin*; Jimmy Miller, Blount; Ricky Wiggins, Covington; Charlie Speake, Russell
Dairy -- John Rankin, Marengo*; Laird Cole, Hale*; David Wright Calhoun; Richie Traylor, Randolph
Forestry -- Richard Cox, Baldwin; Bill Thomas, Chambers; Garry Fortenberry, Choctaw; Kenneth Real, Marion
Greenhouse, Nursery & Sod --Keith Pugh, Bullock*; Steve Thomas, Chambers*; Chad Mixon, Coffee; Mike Childers, Morgan
Hay & Forage Crops --David Rogers, Cherokee (3); Tom Ridgeway (3); Don Allison, Winston (3); Frank Baird, Jefferson (3); Roger Brumbeloe, Blount (2); Johnny Lee, Henry (2); Alan Smart, Jackson, (2); Jimmy Batcheldor, Russell (2); Bill Collier, Lee (1); Rex Vaughn, Madison (1); W.D. Flowers, Montgomery (1); Garry Rowland, Walker (1)
Horticulture -- Jimmy Fidler, Baldwin*; Mike Reeves, Morgan*; Jackie Loyd; Jackson, Billy Dozier, Lee
Meat Goat & Sheep -- Sam Abney, Autauga*; Jim Cassidy, Butler*; David Sumners, Marshall; James Griffin, Pike; Charles Merrell, Shelby (1 yr. remaining term of Wes Hallman); Charlie Thompson, Lauderdale (American Sheep Industry representative)
Pork -- Ted Campbell, Cleburne*; Donnice Ward, Dale*; Joe Hall, Henry*; John Gibson, Marshall; Tim Gates, Pickens
Poultry -- Eric Smith, Pickens*; Doyle Phillips, Clay, Jim Glenn, Lawrence; Stanley Usery, Limestone
Soybean -- Tommy Sewell, Etowah*; Pat Buck, Sumter*; Mike Dee, Pickens*; Noble Holland, Colbert
Wheat & Feed Grains -- Wayne Woodham, Dale*; Shep Morris, Macon*; Arthur Smith, Jackson; Brian Glenn, Lawrence
Wildlife Resources -- Dell Hill, Talladega*; Frank Brabham, Bullock; Lamar Dewberry, Clay; Wayne Bassett, Lee
The organizational meeting for the State Peanut Committee will be Feb. 21, in Ozark during the Alabama Peanut Producers Annual Meeting. For more information contact Teresa Roper at 334-792-6482.