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November 23, 2005   Email to Friend 

Dave Rickey
(334) 613-4034
November 23, 2005

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Farmers Federation will focus on "Building From the Ground Up" during its 84th annual meeting Dec. 4-5 in Mobile.

"This is an optimistic theme reflecting on our future, with agriculture and our grassroots membership providing a strong foundation for building an even better organization in the years ahead," said Federation President Jerry A. Newby.

Newby will give his annual address to the membership during the meeting, which will include the election of Federation officers and board members.

Also on the agenda for the annual meeting will be a new awards program, which will recognize the top county Federations in areas of commodities, women's, young farmers and communications activities.

During Sunday evening's general session, the Outstanding Young Farm Family for 2005 will be named from a field of six finalists, who were honored earlier this year. The winner receives a year's use of a 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer and a home computer system from Valcom Business Centers of Alabama.

Dr. Walter Hill, dean of Tuskegee University's College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences, will be honored with the Service to Agriculture Award, the Federation's highest honor. Hill is co-editor of 15 books and numerous journal articles on agriculture, the environment and rural development. The award will be presented during the second general session, set for 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5. The Federation's Communications Award will be presented to The Pickens County Herald.

Reigning Miss Alabama Agriculture, April Dawn Hawthorne of Troy University, will crown her successor at the Miss Agriculture Pageant. Fifty contestants from across the state will compete for the title during the annual meeting with the winner crowned during the final general session the evening of Dec. 5. The winner receives a year's use of a 2006 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.

The annual meeting, to be held in the Mobile Civic Center, is expected to draw about 1,500 members from across the state.

Click here for a full agenda of the annual meeting

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