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November 29, 2004   Email to Friend 

Jeff Helms
(334) 613-4212
November 29, 2004

MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- The diversity, patriotism and community involvement of the Alabama Farmers Federation will be showcased Dec. 5-6 when more than 2,000 Federation members gather in Mobile for the 83rd annual meeting of the state's largest farm organization.

"Alabama Farmers Federation: We Are Alabama," is the theme for this year's event, which will be held at the Mobile Civic Center.

Federation President Jerry Newby said the theme gives the organization a chance to celebrate the contributions its members make to society not only as farmers, but also as volunteers, small business owners, civic leaders and bi-vocational workers.

"Our members are the backbone of this great state," Newby said. "We are the farmers, teachers, soldiers, doctors and volunteers who make this nation strong, and we are proud to be an integral part of Alabama's communities."

During Sunday evening's general session, the Outstanding Young Farm Family (OYFF) for 2004 will be named from a field of 10 commodity winners, who were honored earlier this year. The winner receives a year's use of a 2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer and a home computer system from Valcom Business Centers of Alabama.

Sunday night's program also will include Newby's annual report to the membership. A Special Service to Agriculture Award will be presented to Federation Commodity Director Jim Cravey, who is retiring in February after 34 years of dedicated service to the farmers of Alabama.

During the second general session, set for 9 a.m. on Dec. 6, Auburn University Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture Dr. John Jensen will receive the Service to Agriculture Award. Jensen, who previously served as interim dean of the AU College of Agriculture, is a strong supporter of Alabama agriculture and helped promote the expansion of the state's aquaculture industry as head of AU's fisheries department. The Service to Agriculture Award is the Federation's highest honor.

Other activities Monday morning will include an address by Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks, a county awards program and the presentation of the Federation's Communications Award to The Messenger of Troy, Ala.

On Monday afternoon, 500 voting delegates from throughout Alabama will elect Federation officers and state board members. Newby is seeking re-election to his fourth two-year term as president.

Forty-nine young ladies from across the state will compete for the title of Miss Alabama Agriculture during the annual meeting with the winner to be crowned during the final general session the evening of Dec. 6. The winner receives a year's use of a 2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer 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 to see a full agenda of the 83rd Annual Meeting

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