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May 17, 2005   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
May 17, 2005

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Paul Pinyan has been promoted to assistant director of the Alabama Farmers Federation's Department of Governmental Affairs. Pinyan has served as agriculture legislative director for the department since 2000. The Federation is the state's largest farm organization with more than 465,000 members.

A native of Cullman, Pinyan joined the Alabama Farmers Federation in 1997 and worked as Area 2 organization director. Prior to joining the Federation, he was employed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System for nine years as a county extension agent serving in Madison and Cullman counties.

Governmental Affairs Director Freddie Patterson praised Pinyan's work relating to agricultural legislation.

"Paul has done an excellent job over the past five years," Patterson said. "He is a person dedicated to task, enthusiastic about his work and deeply committed to the people of rural Alabama. He is very deserving of this promotion, and the membership of Alabama Farmers Federation is well-served as a result of his efforts."

Pinyan focuses on agriculture, environmental and regulatory issues for the Federation. In addition to his legislative duties, he will serve as parliamentarian for the Alabama Farmers Federation and will assist with conducting all of the organization's business meetings. He will provide legal assistance in interpreting and drafting legislation and will provide legal advice on other matters pertaining to the organization.

"I am excited about my new responsibilities with the Farmers Federation and look forward to continuing to work with the farmers throughout the state," Pinyan said. "Legislative issues can have a great impact on the future of farming in Alabama. I look forward to continuing my work as an advocate for our members at the State House and intend to focus on making sure that when legislation is introduced, that it doesn't negatively affect family farmers."

Pinyan graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science and from Alabama A&M University with a graduate degree in Agribusiness Education. He graduated from Jones School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 2004 and is a member of the Alabama State Bar. Earlier this month, he was named a certified parliamentarian and is a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians.

He grew up on a farm in Cullman County and is married to the former Kristie Smith. The Pinyans have two sons, Andrew, age 12 and Will, age 10. They reside in Auburn.

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