AFBF APPROVES MEMBERSHIP OF ALABAMA FARMERS FEDERATION
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 12, 2005 --- The American Farm Bureau Federation board of directors today voted to welcome the Alabama Farmers Federation (AFF) as the organization's affiliate from the state of Alabama. According to AFBF president Bob Stallman, this decision means that AFBF is now represented in each of the 50 states and Puerto Rico.
"The Alabama Farmers Federation has long been a force for agriculture in that state and we are excited about extending the full rights of Farm Bureau membership to them, their county Farm Bureaus and their individual members," Stallman said. "AFF's full participation will take effect immediately following our January 2006 annual meeting in Nashville."
AFF currently has more than 460,000 members statewide and that organization requested AFBF affiliation during its annual meeting last week.
"We're delighted AFBF accepted our application," said AFF President Jerry Newby. "Our members are looking forward to the mutual benefits of affiliating with the nation's largest farmers' organization."
Stallman said AFF's leadership position in Alabama's agriculture sector will further strengthen AFBF's position as the nation's leading and most influential general farm organization.
"The American Farm Bureau takes a lot of pride in being affiliated with the top farm organization in every state, and this move ensures we will continue with that tradition," Stallman said.